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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Mar 20, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoirs
Read in December, 2007

Very, very good read! I can't even begin to imagine how tough and confusing it was for these children to be raised the way they were. Kinda makes you appreciate where you came from.

From back cover:

"THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revealatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

THE GLASS CASTLE is truly astonishing - a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family."

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