The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a memoir of a family, and how the children grow up in abject poverty (self-imposed by the parents) and how they turn out. Think "Angela's Ashes" in Appalachia.
I'm in awe of these kids. The author ends up graduating from an Ivy League school, on her own merit, while her parents decide, CHOOSE, to be homeless. Her alcoholic father is nothing short of brilliant, which made me sad for his wasting his life. He probably wouldn't have looked at it as a waste at all, though, because he was happy and loved.
There were so many things I read that boggled my mind. Growing up with no running water, no indoor plumbing, rain in the bedroom so bad that her brother slept under an inflatable raft -- yet they laughed, loved, and survived. I couldn't have done it.
The book was funny, sad, poignant, heroic. The family was completely dysfunctional, but there was a lot of love and humor there as well.
Absolutely put this on your must-read list.
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