The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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  • Angela Guerrero
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Jeanette's life is less than stellar. Her father is a great person when he's sober. When he isn't, he isn't there. Her mother doesn't want to a mother at all. Jeanette and her siblings survive in this encouraging memoir."
  • Jerry Cole
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Looks like a great option for a twisted story."
  • Roger Wheeler
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "The Glass Castle a memoir book on amazon. Some one interested in a serious read may like this book."
  • Chan Wang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I'm a huge Walls fan. I came here looking to see what the recommendation would be for the best Jeannette Walls books. I was told to try The Glass Castle. This is my favorite!"
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls's astounding memoir about her childhood with her extremely flighty parents. They move around a bunch of times but eventually settle in what probably was the most decrepit house in all of West Virginia. "
  • Teresa Burton
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I have read this book multiple times, because I love it so much . I get something different out of each time I read it. It covers the full range of human emotions and experience, so I think everyone will find something to relate to."
  • Justin Porter
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is truly amazing and a really good book. This goes into a lot of depth and will have you thinking on every page. "
  • Elizabeth Cordero
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is an absolute must read and one of the few books I have actually read, or devoured for that matter. Written from a child's perspective, this is a touching, charming can't put it down kind of book. "
  • Eric Lynch
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I could not put this book down! Rarely do you see a book written so well from the child's perspective. If you like sad stories, give this one a shot."
    Kathleen Murphy
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I read this book only once. Memoirs are not one of my preferred genres. This book was actually very good. But I would not read it again."
  • Angela Woods
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This was a memorable and troubling story written from a child's perspective. I could not put it down. I was surprised and amazed to hear it was on the New York Times best sellers list for 2 years in a row. Amazing"
  • Sharon Moreno
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "One of the problems that I have always had with non-fiction books is that they are pretty bland and boring. One of the best non-fiction books that I have read is most likely The Glass Castle. One of the great things about this book is that it reads like fiction."
  • Kimberly Hudson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Although I've never heard of this book or the author, the story of someone rising from poverty and a family's struggle is a compelling one. I would likely read this, though given a shelf of biographies I would most likely be drawn to ones of people I knew about first. Everyone has a story, but some people's stories shape the world, while others mirror it."
  • Carol Morales
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "There is something about reading a true life story that really makes a book feel like a story. This book is amazing. You will feel like you are living with this family as they struggle, succeed, cry, laugh and live life. Great book for ANYONE but an amazing story highschoolers to see that life is often difficult but so worth the journey"
  • Paridhi Mehta
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love this story and it checked a couple of things off for me. I love family stories. I love to "watch" just any kind of family dynamic, so this was great for that. I also got it based on so many reviews that people read it in a day or two and couldn't put it down and I actually keep a separate book list just for that when I want to spend a whole weekend just in one book so it was perfect for that as well."
  • Magdalena Paredes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great book, very memorable psychological thriller about children who grow up with mentally disturbed parents and the horrors they encounter and go through while growing up. Their father is the town drunk. The author writes very interestingly and believably even when describing things that are hard to believe. Will definitely read more of their books inthe future."
  • Nicole Yi
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is an amazing memoir that reads even better than fiction. You can't make this stuff up. It is a heart rending, clear eyed, shocking story of struggle and redemption that is staggering in it's scope and telling of the human story. "
  • Howard Ross
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The controlling relationships are very odd to read about. The new best-selling memoirs that I have discovered are fun. Like that I can read offline when there is no internet connection or I just want to relax.."
  • Christina Brooks
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you are in search of the best books recommended by the ALA Think Tank, one of the books you should consider should definitely be The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. This book was not only on NYT's best-seller's list for seven years, it was also eventually adapted into a film. It is a really touching memoir of her poverty-stricken family which shows the many facets of life that the disadvantaged have to go through on a day-to-day basis."
  • Phillip Webb
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The fact that it spent seven years in the NYT besteseller list, long after such a list stopped being about sales and started being just an editorial opinions column, should tell you all you need to know about The Glass Castle. I had to read this book for a college course, and I was really sorry I had to. This is an utterly standard memoir about poverty. All the award-bait cliches you can think of appear here. Every last one of them. Hard pass!"
    Ethan Scott
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.i liked the beauty layed out"
  • Matthew Brooks
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read this book nonstop from the time I picked it up. It was fantastic and not only is it a must-read for women, but it's a must-read for anyone. As a native West Virginian, I have seen the struggles the author portrays in this book first-hand in my extended family as well as in friends' families. She's nailed it, and she's made it accessible to all with her brilliant and honest prose."
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  • Ronald Tran
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers. The Glass Castle 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. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family."
  • Jordan Walters
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Seems like an excellent pick-up for anyone interested in a book set in appalachia."
  • Amanda Andrews
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is an excellent choice for someone looking to read a book by an inspirational author. This books dives into seven years of a family's life exploring their ups and downs and everything in between. "
  • Pamela Estrada
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is one of the great non-fiction books in the 21st century. I really enjoyed the flow of the story and both laughed and cried with the story-telling. We all have different things in our childhood that pull us down but Jeanette Walls story is so touching that you can't help be drawn in. "
  • Daniel Bryant
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "As someone that grew up in poverty, I could really relate to Jeanette Wall's story about her dealing with poverty and other related problems. For this reason I found The Glass Castle to be an exceptional read and it gave me insight into my own problems. "
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  • Emma Ward
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is a story of alcoholism as told by a child about her parents. She is able to escape and live a better life, but what the substance abuse does to the family is heart-wrenching. This book details her story growing up in poverty and how her father drank and was gone for days. A bit of a dark book, but worth the read."
  • Rachel Owens
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you’re looking for a good read with your book club I would personally recommend The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wall since it explores so many different emotions like love and sadness, giving the club lots to talk about in terms of story content. If your book read chose The Glass Castle I assure you would not be bored but extremely engaged and interested in the discussion, as I have chosen this book with my own book club as well. "
  • Rosario Salinas
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If anyone has a right to tell their story it's Jeannette Walls. Not only does she have the right we have the need to hear it. Life isn't always a rose garden and Walls lived in the worst of it. The story is told from the perspective of a child enlightened. It's an amazing yet horrifying story when you realize that children actually endured this life. But when it's all over and they're ok in the end it's both a relief and an astonishment. "
  • Ryan Lynch
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Glass castle is a memoir that has been on the New York Time's bestseller list for seven consecutive years! Any book that's been on the bestseller list for that many years doesn't need much of a review. Love of family, even though highly dysfunctional, wins the day in this true story about kids raising themselves to overcome neglectful parents and the relationships that endure through adulthood. It's not necessarily pleasant to think of children in these circumstances but the results are inspirational and emotional. Buy it and read it!"
  • Ronald Matthews
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A book that involves the much love, hate, and overcoming has to be a best. I mean it spent 7 years on a best sellers list, only classics do that. I will always be inspired by the amount of overcoming that she when through. "
    William Deng
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is an interesting memoir about being a child without proper parental guidance. It shows that certain people can succeed despite their upbringing because of their inherent traits."
  • Tyler Ross
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A real warm book and you get an insight into the family of Jeanette Walls. She is a wonderful person who endured a troubling childhood. I enjoy the stories she writes about which pertain to her own life. Very detailed and I related to how hard it was for her growing up because I went through that as well. Solid read with no regrets!"
  • Micaela Suárez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Now a motion picture, this novel shows how a family endures broken promises and neglect at the hands of their alcoholic father. A great read for all, it is very captivating to see the story thru the eyes of a child. "
  • Billy Coleman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "never heard of this until today. looking it up though, it does sound like a good read "
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