Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Book Review -- The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle: A Memoir 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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  1. Anonymous9:21 PM

    I loved this book!

    - Jen

  2. I read this one too--hard to put down!! Have you read Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock yet? Another good one :)

  3. No, I'll have to check that one out!

    Right now I have I think 17 books on my night stand. The coffee shops sells them for $2/each, just got another at the thrift store today, and two from the library, plus several from my book club. JOY!

  4. One of my favorite books of all time. GREAT read.

  5. We read this in my book club over the winter. I loved it! I enjoyed the writing style a lot. The whole book just seemed to be one big exhale and release of what she held on to her whole life. It was fantastic!!

  6. Anonymous10:17 PM

    I loveloveLOVED this book.

    I read this, The Kindness of Strangers, and Middlesex, all around the same time, and I couldn't put ANY of them down.

  7. I read Middlesex, will have to check the other one out!


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