The Glass Castle

The first time I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls I was in a very different place of my life. It was hard to read, I sobbed uncontrollably at points, and I blocked out a lot of the memories she managed to drag up. This book is not for the faint of heart; it’s heart-wrenching at points. I read it recently again in hopes of absorbing more of the stories … and I am thrilled to say that The Glass Castle is a book I highly recommend.

Amazon’s blurb about this book hits the nail on the head when it comes to describing The Glass Castle.

“Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation.”

Jeannette Walls writes openly and honestly about her not-so-typical upbringing. With an alcoholic father who regularly disappeared with the grocery money and an artistic mom who would rather paint than cook a meal for her four children, Walls has harrowing, heartbreaking, and love-filled tales from her Nomadic childhood.  Walls’ success as a writer absolutely began with her dysfunctional family and Wall is able to turn her trials and tribulations as a kid into almost-entertaining stories we can read.

Shortly after reading The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, I read her second book, Half Broke Horses and understood even more deeply the Walls’ family legacy has influenced this writer.

“Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.”

I absolutely recommend you check out both of these Jeanette Walls books. If you thought your childhood was mercurial and always shifting, you will find a friend in these tales.

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