The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery de...

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Title:The Glass Castle
Author:Jeannette Walls
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Glass Castle Reviews

  • Nicole
    Jun 26, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

  • Kate
    May 23, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

  • lkt
    May 29, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

    Jeannette Walls? The Glass Castle is a compelling memoir. It?s no stretch to say Walls had an unconventional childhood. It?s part adventure, part how do I live through this and make it to the next day. Walls? matter-of-fact tone makes an account of her childhood effective and k...

    Just finished reading this fantastic memoir for the second time after having enjoyed it the first go round over a decade ago. Knowing what was coming down the track, this reading was even more satisfying, as I could slow down and savor her words instead of rushing ahead. I thought t...

    MARCH 2017 UPDATE: There will be a film starring Brie Larson as Ms. Walls, Naomi Watts as her mother, and Woody Harrellson as her father, released at some as-yet unnannounced date in 2017. Rating: 4* of five The Publisher Says: The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilienc...

    From my Amazon.com review: "Sometimes people get the lives they want..." A stunning memoir, hard to put down. Walls is superb with details, a true genius. She is a fine example of a self-made, successful person. But throughout most of the book, I was so angry with the parents, h...

  • Cheri
    Aug 10, 2017

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

  • Juliet
    Sep 17, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

  • Annalisa
    Oct 13, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

  • Elyse
    Nov 15, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

  • Angela Cross
    Nov 15, 2007

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

  • Scot
    Feb 27, 2008

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

  • Marcie
    Jan 11, 2008

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

  • Tracy
    Jan 21, 2008

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

  • Fabian
    Jul 13, 2010

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

  • Krenzel
    May 08, 2008

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

  • Madeleine
    Aug 13, 2012

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

  • Meredith Holley
    Jul 06, 2008

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

  • Dem
    Sep 19, 2009

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Mar 16, 2014

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    May 22, 2018

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

    Jeannette Walls? The Glass Castle is a compelling memoir. It?s no stretch to say Walls had an unconventional childhood. It?s part adventure, part how do I live through this and make it to the next day. Walls? matter-of-fact tone makes an account of her childhood effective and k...

  • Richard Derus
    Oct 07, 2011

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

    Jeannette Walls? The Glass Castle is a compelling memoir. It?s no stretch to say Walls had an unconventional childhood. It?s part adventure, part how do I live through this and make it to the next day. Walls? matter-of-fact tone makes an account of her childhood effective and k...

    Just finished reading this fantastic memoir for the second time after having enjoyed it the first go round over a decade ago. Knowing what was coming down the track, this reading was even more satisfying, as I could slow down and savor her words instead of rushing ahead. I thought t...

    MARCH 2017 UPDATE: There will be a film starring Brie Larson as Ms. Walls, Naomi Watts as her mother, and Woody Harrellson as her father, released at some as-yet unnannounced date in 2017. Rating: 4* of five The Publisher Says: The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilienc...

  • Emily May
    Mar 17, 2016

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

  • Julie
    Apr 01, 2011

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

    Jeannette Walls? The Glass Castle is a compelling memoir. It?s no stretch to say Walls had an unconventional childhood. It?s part adventure, part how do I live through this and make it to the next day. Walls? matter-of-fact tone makes an account of her childhood effective and k...

    Just finished reading this fantastic memoir for the second time after having enjoyed it the first go round over a decade ago. Knowing what was coming down the track, this reading was even more satisfying, as I could slow down and savor her words instead of rushing ahead. I thought t...

    MARCH 2017 UPDATE: There will be a film starring Brie Larson as Ms. Walls, Naomi Watts as her mother, and Woody Harrellson as her father, released at some as-yet unnannounced date in 2017. Rating: 4* of five The Publisher Says: The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilienc...

    From my Amazon.com review: "Sometimes people get the lives they want..." A stunning memoir, hard to put down. Walls is superb with details, a true genius. She is a fine example of a self-made, successful person. But throughout most of the book, I was so angry with the parents, h...

    A review on the back of my copy reads: Jeannette Walls has a story to tell, and tells it brilliantly, without an ounce of pity. No pity? Yep. You've got that right. No pity and NO EMOTIONS whatsoever. And certainly no humor. Ms. Walls tells her story like a journalist, whi...

  • Melki
    May 01, 2011

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

  • LeAnne
    Feb 21, 2012

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

    Jeannette Walls? The Glass Castle is a compelling memoir. It?s no stretch to say Walls had an unconventional childhood. It?s part adventure, part how do I live through this and make it to the next day. Walls? matter-of-fact tone makes an account of her childhood effective and k...

    Just finished reading this fantastic memoir for the second time after having enjoyed it the first go round over a decade ago. Knowing what was coming down the track, this reading was even more satisfying, as I could slow down and savor her words instead of rushing ahead. I thought t...

  • Suzanne
    May 02, 2014

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

  • Zoeytron
    Oct 01, 2017

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

    Jeannette Walls? The Glass Castle is a compelling memoir. It?s no stretch to say Walls had an unconventional childhood. It?s part adventure, part how do I live through this and make it to the next day. Walls? matter-of-fact tone makes an account of her childhood effective and k...

    Just finished reading this fantastic memoir for the second time after having enjoyed it the first go round over a decade ago. Knowing what was coming down the track, this reading was even more satisfying, as I could slow down and savor her words instead of rushing ahead. I thought t...

    MARCH 2017 UPDATE: There will be a film starring Brie Larson as Ms. Walls, Naomi Watts as her mother, and Woody Harrellson as her father, released at some as-yet unnannounced date in 2017. Rating: 4* of five The Publisher Says: The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilienc...

    From my Amazon.com review: "Sometimes people get the lives they want..." A stunning memoir, hard to put down. Walls is superb with details, a true genius. She is a fine example of a self-made, successful person. But throughout most of the book, I was so angry with the parents, h...

    A review on the back of my copy reads: Jeannette Walls has a story to tell, and tells it brilliantly, without an ounce of pity. No pity? Yep. You've got that right. No pity and NO EMOTIONS whatsoever. And certainly no humor. Ms. Walls tells her story like a journalist, whi...

    An utterly fascinating look into the lives of two narcissists who neglect their children in order to serve their own ends. No rules, life is an adventure. Rationalization - where would we be without it? Reads like fiction. My interest never wavered. ...

  • Ginger
    Nov 28, 2017

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...

    An extraordinary account of Parental neglect to the point of where I kept asking myself....could All this have possibably happened in one family? I first read this book back in 2009 and didnt even write a review as I found the book depressing and relentless. This time it was nomina...

    What a great, enduring story of survival! These kids are fighters! I?m glad I read this memoir and that my real-life book club choose this for the month of November. It?s one of the best memoirs that I?ve read and I loved how the author, Jeannette Walls had a sense of peace ab...

  • Lola
    May 28, 2018

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

  • Matthew
    Aug 15, 2017

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

  • BlackOxford
    Jun 09, 2018

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

  • Vanessa
    Dec 19, 2016

    My sister saw The Glass Castle on my coffee table and said, ?Oh, I read that. It?s kind of . . .? then she paused and we both were awkwardly silent for a minute. ?Well, I was going to say, it?s kind of like us, a little bit, but not ?? ?Yeah,? I said. ?I wasn?t...

    Now I get why people like this memoir so much. Though it is a memoir and a true story, both the writing style and the way Walls reminisces about her childhood make it seem like more of a fairy tale. My favourite non-fiction books are those that don't lose the compelling flow of a go...

    Another Update: I just saw the movie!!! I liked it! Woody Harrelson - Brie Larson and Naomi Watts were all great! I thought they got the important 'duel' emotions just right. On one end - the parents did not 'protect' their kids appropriately at all-- lots of crazy dangerous chaos- ...

    I guess I have a somewhat different frame of reference than several of the reviewers here. I can relate to many of the lessons she learned, and as such, I never had an issue believing her. These things can and do happen. The system fails children, and addicts (whether they're addicted ...

    Who here has seen the show Shameless? (I am thinking of the American version, but I know there is a British one, too, that it is based on.) To me, that show could have been inspired by this memoir. Frank Gallagher and Rex Walls are the same guy! I enjoyed all the vignettes from ...

    This story is proof that there are books out there that can change the way you look at the world... Just waiting for you to give them a chance. Don't let them wait too long. You need them in your life. ...

    "The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by gossip columnist Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls begins the book by explaining what has prompted her to write about her family: afte...

    4.5/5 This was really good! Difficult to read at times, but a marvellous book. ...

    The warning is this: If you are going to become parents you must simply forego being bohemian. Otherwise your children might grow up to be super successful & you will end up eating trash off dark alleyways... Peculiar upbringings are what memoirs are made of! We saw this in the ...

    What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. If she had been bitter in her description it w...

    This book really made me angry--why can people who have absolutely no business having kids be able to have four? Let me backtrack... In the beginning, the Walls family is always on the run. The father is an alcoholic, who is intelligent, but believes everything upon everything is...

    Okay, I originally gave this one star but then had to go back and re-rate it to a two b/c I surprised a couple of you guys and in my impulsive way, I realized perhaps one star was a bit too knee jerk. It's not that I hated The Glass Castle, it's just that it irritated me with its se...

    This is not a review. There are already thousands of those. Instead, I present an anecdote. I read this in 2008 for my now-defunct neighborhood book club. I decided that my oldest son, who was then 14, should read it for "Mom's Summer Reading Plan" - also known as the Mom-Forces-Us-...

    Honestly, simply a must read. Wow. Firstly, thank you to my friend Elyse for recommending this book. She knows what I like. Wow this woman. Wow this family. I have just finished reading this books last pages whilst making my lasagne to feed my family, hastily stirring the white sauce a...

    Why is it that I hated this book when everyone else thinks it was good? It annoyed me on so many levels. I kept thinking to myself...."alright, I get it...life sucks, move on". I just have so little sympathy and empathy sometimes, especially in books, that this just IRKED me. Sure, the...

    Book Review: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Jeannette Walls proves in her astounding memoir that bad parenting and abject poverty do not necessarily condemn children to a dismal future of the same. In "The Glass Castle" published in 2005 by Scribner, Walls reveals the intimate ...

    I know many people love this book, remarking on how powerful and moving it was, but I had some deep problems with the narrator's memory process, and some issues about what lessons I was ultimately supposed to learn here. It is a riveting tale, full of unforgettable suffering, strife, a...

    It's no secret that I get to read on the job. I proofread for a financial publisher, which means that I spend my days getting lost in the lilting legalese of prospectuses, trustee meeting results, shareholder reports, highlight sheets ? it's riveting stuff, trust me. But we're a smal...

    Overly-Woke to Family Values Jeanette Walls should not be alive. Her actuarial chance of surviving was close to zero in her Keystone Cops version of childhood. With two dipsy parents, one a violent drunk, the other a spaced-out avatar of Vishnu, she had experiences which the SAS wou...

    ?We take a chance from time to time And put our necks out on the line And you have broken every promise that we made And I have loved you anyway? -- ?Like a Fool? - Keira Knightley/ Lyrics - John Carney/?Begin Again? Soundtrack Dysfunction and crushing poverty...

    Once I let my frustration with the parents' neglect go, I actually enjoyed this book. Because of her matter-of-fact, non-whining writing, I enjoyed reading this book the entire time and actually put off other things so I could read more. As a disclaimer to my following comments, I am i...

    A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! I wish I had had non stop uninterrupted hours to devour this book but I also didn't want it to end. I loved the family dynamics. What a unique bunch of people! The writing is simple and incredibly accessible so you felt really at home reading along...