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
ISBN:The Glass Castle
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Glass Castle Reviews

  • 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 ...

    "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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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 ...

    "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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    "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. ...

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

    "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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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...

  • Meredith
    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...

  • 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 ...

    "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. ...

  • 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...