The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant.

When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive.

Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a dumpster… I slid down in the seat and asked the driver to turn around a take me home to Park Avenue…After ducking down in the taxi so Mom wouldn’t see me, I hated myself–hated my antiques, my clothes, and my apartment. I had to do something…

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Dark is a way and light is a place,
Heaven that never was
Nor will be ever is always true

Dylan Thomas, A Poem on His Birthday

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