This book is inspirational. I'll be saving it to share with my teenage son. I feel books like this inspire empathy and compassion giving such deep insight into someone else's life experiences.
The Glass Castle, the book that shook me to the core and touched me in ways I can't put down in words. I was left with a feeling of both emptiness and gratitude when I read the last words, I swallowed back tears when I closed that book. What a ride... Thank you Jeanette Walls for this gift, your honest and raw memoirs, the light of my life is brighter because of you. ❤️
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This book is engaging but at the same time, infuriating. The reader gets the sense that the kids are loved, but the parents are terribly misguided for the most part.
PS: my library has the BEST collection on #cloudlibrary but the app is the worst! Does anyone else have trouble with it?
Pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Stories of child neglect like this hurt my heart in a way that's hard to handle. The disappointments of the author & her siblings are truly heart-breaking at times. But the siblings' resilience, creativity, intelligence, & problem-solving skills were remarkable. But where the book stood out was the undercurrent of family love. That love made it esp. engaging & lifted it above similar memoirs for me.
I. Loved. This. Book. It was very hard to read at times; the author writes of her traumatic childhood very straight-forward and unapologetically. It reminded me a lot of Educated, and it blows my mind that people can suffer like that and come out the other side.
i've been reading this book and i really love it. it's a totally immersive experience, and i love the way walls describes her life in such detail and so far back. not a book for the faint of heart, but definitely a read you'll want to pick up on your weekly trip to the bookstore ;).
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I loved this book, but my goodness, I hated the parents! It could so easily have been a ‘misery memoir‘ but was funny and sweet.
This fits #westvirginia for #readingUSA2019. I thought I was behind as I‘ve not read many states recently, but at 35 I‘m still slightly ahead of where I need to be. This is where it might get more difficult though.
I‘ve also just read Three Women and using that for #northdakota, as around half the book is set there.
If you‘re reading this: stop what you‘re doing, & go add this book to your TBR stack, no matter how large it may be. This memoir is totally worth all of the praise it‘s been given. I‘m not typically into memoirs, but this one was addicting & blew me away. It was shocking, heart-wrenching, funny, inspiring... I could talk about this story every day & never get over it. I‘ve just finished and want to re-read. Ms. Walls is truly admirable. ❤️😭
Went out for groceries. 🛒 Came back with 2 books. 😅 Our local thrift store is right next to the grocery store, so of course I HAD to stop in, right?!
Side note: I‘m steadily growing a serial killer novel collection. I had Manson, Bundy, a collection from Mindhunter, and now Jack! Should I be concerned that I‘m proud of this? 🤨
I related to a lot in this memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family. I applaud the author and her siblings for forging their own paths and not surrendering to the life their parents set in motion for them. Life is hard and sometimes being a kid sucks and being a parent can suck, too. We are not responsible for the choices other people make, whether good or bad, right or wrong. Our lives are our own. Great memoir. 4.5/5 stars.
Jeannette Walls‘ memoir of growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother with mental health issues is a story of overcoming adversity and a deep, family love that triumphed over everything.
Very well written memoir about an extremely interesting, chaotic & dysfunctional family. Her parents did some pretty messed up, unforgivable things but I love hearing the author speak about her parents/life, "...I don't see myself as a victim, I see myself as somebody who got some incredible gifts...". Well, her parents have sure built a resilient, strong & intelligent woman!! What an incredible story.
Incredibly well written. It really took the author guts to write these painful truths about her family. There were so many monents I wanted to throw this book across the room...the parents. I just can't even comprehend everything these kids battled through to survive.
For one of my classes this semester our semester long project is to (attempt to) take 20% of our time (not when sleeping) and do something we enjoy, I obviously chose reading. I will say being a busy college student with a job and volunteering on the side, it is quite hard to read the 2.5 hours a day, but I‘m trying and that‘s all that matters 😊
I can‘t say I enjoyed reading this memoir, although I enjoyed the author‘s voice and the story was well told, reflecting the conflicts the author struggles with. Clearly these parents did love their children in their own way but no part of me could see the positives in their upbringing, and I felt sadder and angrier as the book progressed. This one is an emotional rollercoaster and has left me with a shadow lurking that I can‘t shake off.
The Glass Castle was not for me.
I am certainly glad Jeanette Walls survived and was able to tell and share her story. The Glass Castle, in my opinion, was overhyped, and I simply could not get over how neglectful her parents were.
Depressing. And just when you think it can‘t get any worse? It gets worse. I just can‘t rate a book very highly if I‘m not left with hope.
Note: This is my photo of Belhurst Castle in New York. Incredible!
Just watched the Glass Castle. While it was a good movie, I thought it was a little too sentimental when compared to the book. Granted, I read the book a long time ago, shortly after it came out, so maybe I‘m not remembering accurately, but I thought the movie glossed over a lot of the more horrible aspects of the Walls‘ childhood.
I‘m am not far into this and I already am cringing. I have 4 yr old girls (twins) and I can‘t imagine letting them cook for themselves, shoot a gun, or making them bounce around the country. It‘s a true showcase of the parents mental problems and paranoia.
A beautiful story about how Jeannette Walls grew up, but also about how we don‘t choose our family, we just love them the best we can. Happy to have added this book to my shelf today to build on my ever growing “lending library” today.
Honestly speechless for all Jeannette had to endure but she managed to write it in such a way that I could still get through and read it. I am amazed by the resilience of the Walls children throughout their life and am so glad they made it out of the conditions they were raised in!
#readingwomenchallenge prompt: a book set in Appalachia (which Welch, WV sounds like a nightmare)
Book 2 of 2019 - The Glass Castle! Has anyone read this or seen the movie??
This was a tough one. As someone who grew up in a dysfunctional family, it was relatable, also triggering. Thank god for the people who took me in when I was in HS. And as a social worker who worked in child welfare for several years, this book broke my heart and angered me. The Wells children fell between the cracks, as so many children in our country do. This book was a perfect example of the resilency of children. The human spirit is amazing.
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I‘ve heard The Glass Castle is great book!
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This is the memoir that began my love of reading memoirs. Jeannette had an unconventional childhood with a very dysfunctional family & to be truthful there are some passages that are difficult to read. She tells of a sometimes nomadic lifestyle, poverty, & some questionable parenting choices. If you liked Educated by Tara Westover, then you're probably going to appreciate The Glass Castle just as much!
Day 3 of #adventrecommends
The Glass Castle is my favourite memoir (and the movie adaptation was great too)!
"The Glass Castle" is one of those books that stick with you long after you read it. I am still in a bit of awe about how the Walls children were to take their lives into their own hands after it becomes obvious at a young age that their father is a drunk and their mother is caught in her own head. And it is certainly an interesting conversation to have on family and what it means to love.