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What the community says about The Glass Castle
- "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."
- "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."
- "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"
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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!"
- "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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- "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."
- "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. "
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- "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."
- "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. "
- "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. "
- "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!"
- "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. "
- "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!"