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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whoseideals and stubborn nonconformity were both theircurse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Wallshad four children. In the beginning, they lived likenomads, moving among Southwest desert towns,camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic,brilliant man who, when sober, captured hischildren's imagination, teaching them physics,geology, and above all, how to embrace lifefearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote andcouldn't stand the responsibility of providing for herfamily, called herself an "excitement addict."Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteenminutes had no appeal when she could make apainting that might last forever.Later, when the money ran out, or the romance ofthe wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to thedismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family-- Rex Walls had done everything he could toescape. He drank. He stole the grocery money anddisappeared for days. As the dysfunction of thefamily escalated, Jeannette and her brother andsisters had to fend for themselves, supporting oneanother as they weathered their parents' betrayalsand, finally, found the resources and will to leavehome.What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls isnot just that she had the guts and tenacity andintelligence to get out, but that she describes herparents with such deep affection and generosity.Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but alsoa tender, moving tale of unconditional love in afamily that despite its profound flaws gave her thefiery determination to carve out a successful life onher own terms.For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.
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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.

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For anyone who liked Educated by Tara Westover, you HAVE to read The Glass Castle. What a wild story.

Leftcoastzen It‘s a wild ride. Love this book! 3d
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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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Enjoy reading it. Also make me think of the book “Educated”.

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Enjoyed- easy read

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Te Araroa kilometers tramped: 1006.3 of 3005.3

Books completed on trail: 18

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?

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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.

CherylRussell This is one of those books that has stayed with me through the years. 2mo
jmtrivera @CherylRussell I'm not surprised. It was really interesting! 2mo
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#NovemberWrapUp! I managed to get to my 100th read this month!

DGRachel Congratulations! 2mo
jmtrivera @DGRachel Thanks! 2mo
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lakesidebookworm
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WOW! This book was incredible. I read it in two days! Recommend to anyone who hasn‘t yet had the pleasure of reading it!

BeaG I enjoyed this one too. 3mo
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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.

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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 can relate.

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What is your favorite memoir and why? GO!

EvaPriest The movie is good, too, just leaves out waaaaay too much of Jeanette‘s beautifully told story (as movies must do). 5mo
Caroline2 Hmmm, tough to choose between the tagged book and Educated. Although maybe If This Is A Man might just take poll position! 🤔 5mo
EvaPriest I know what you mean! I loved Educated, too. And Jewel‘s memoir, Unbroken. Have you read it. I haven‘t read If This is a Man yet. OH, I almost forgot Rick Bragg‘s memoirs. 5mo
TheBookKeepers I loved Lab Girl. The audiobook is narrated by the author herself and I just loved the way she wrote and told her story. She is a botanist and the memoir was written beautifully and felt poetic. Highly recommend! 4mo
EvaPriest Thank you. Adding The Lab Girl to my To Read stack... (edited) 4mo
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Just started on this one and seems like it‘s gonna be a good one. (Annoyed with the cover edition that was sent to me however as not the one shown on the site :( )

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What a story...what a life! Way to overcome.

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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.

Librarybelle Awesome! Doing very well with the challenge! 6mo
Caroline2 I loved this book too! 👍🏻 6mo
Caroline2 OH and check out the film on Netflix! It‘s really good! 👌🏻 6mo
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Hooked_on_books Nice job! I found this challenge pretty easy early in with little to no planning, but it‘s definitely getting harder. I have books for the states I have left except Arkansas, which I‘m finding to be a challenge. 6mo
squirrelbrain @Hooked_on_books - I only have a couple out of the fifteen that I need.... best get checking out the library! I read this one for Arkansas, but I guess you‘ve read it already.... 6mo
Hooked_on_books Actually, I haven‘t read that one. That‘s a good thought—thanks! 6mo
Pamwurtzler I think you‘re doing great at 35! I need to update my list & count. 6mo
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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. ❤️😭

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Today‘s #bookandcoffee is paired with my FAV donut - custard filled!! Having breakfast with Ms. Walls and Mr. Dreiser (e-book, hence the iPad) 🍽

CherylRussell Really good book choice! I read it years ago and parts still stick with me. 6mo
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🌤🎧📖😌☕️🍩

Caroline2 I loved this book. 💖 6mo
laur89 @Caroline2 The audiobook, narrated by the author, is phenomenal. I‘ve been carrying Jeanette Walls with me everywhere since I‘ve started! 6mo
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“ One benefit of summer was that we had more light to read by.”

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JillMoore1226
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I have 53 minutes left on the audio book and — damn, it‘s gonna make me ugly cry. 😩❤️

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squirrelbrain
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#castleonthehill

#wanderingjune

I haven‘t read this yet but, looking into it, it‘s set in West Virginia so it will do nicely for ReadingtheUSA2019....

Caroline2 Oh I LOVED this book! It is sooo good! I think it was my fav book of last year, along with Educated. 👍🏻 8mo
Crazeedi Omg, this is one of my ALL TIME favorite books!!! It took me a long time to stop thinking about is after I read it!!!! 8mo
eraderneely If you DO read this for WV, I promise not all of the state is as depressing as where their family lived. I loved growing up there! 8mo
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gradcat @eraderneely Isn‘t “Educated” also in West Virginia? Charleston looks beautiful to me. I‘ve forgotten which Litten posted a picture from her walk there, but I so loved it that I went to hunt for houses there. I think it‘s lovely. 😊 8mo
Heatherfeather @gradcat Educated is in Utah 8mo
Alex100 Hello how you doing I just went through your page and you have a pretty interesting point of view so I was wondering if we could be friends 8mo
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 @Crazeedi I definitely look forward to reading this one then! And I‘ll try not to hold it against you Emily @eraderneely ! 8mo
Crazeedi @eraderneely you are very correct, I live close to PA border with WV , loved living there 8mo
gradcat @Heatherfeather Oh! Thank you very much for correcting me. ♥️ 8mo
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laur89
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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? 🤨

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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.

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I seem to be on a tad bit of a memoir kick lately.

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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.

#rehab #anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola I loved this book so much! 9mo
Paula3 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one ♡♡ 9mo
Suet624 Such an amazing life story. 9mo
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emilyhaldi Loved this one 💙 9mo
Cinfhen One of the BEST memoirs EVER!! And totally believable as crazy as it was. 9mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! 9mo
Mdargusch I think you will like it @Kalalalatja 👍🏼 9mo
Mdargusch An oldie but a goodie. It‘s the only book I‘ve read where #rehab came to mind. @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @Suet624 @Paula3 @Reviewsbylola 9mo
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4.5/5 ?

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.

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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.

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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 😊

pocketmermaid Wow - that‘s an awesome project! I love it. 11mo
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#QuotsyFeb19 Day 28: #Comedy over tragedy any day, indeed. I own a copy of this memoir but have yet to get to it! So many books, way too little time indeed.

keys_on_fire I just saw the author at a fundraiser for Children‘s Hunger Alliance. She was amazing. I have added this to my TBR!! 11mo
Crazeedi You HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!! I carried my thought of it around with me for a week after I read it! 11mo
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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.

lynneamch I thought the movie was good too. Not quite as dark as the book. Interesting bit at the end of the DVD where she reconnects with her mother. 😲 11mo
JillR @lynneamch the mother made me most exasperated I think. I can‘t decide whether or not I want to watch the film... 11mo
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JillR
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Next up, a gift from my husband. The fact he could only find the movie-cover edition really bothered him #bookishproblems

Cathythoughts He is very good 👍🏻♥️ 11mo
Caroline2 This is such a good book! 😍 11mo
MStew Loved this! 11mo
Crazeedi Fabulous book!!!❤ 11mo
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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!

Princess-Kingofkings I had a hard time watching the movie. A friend told me that book was worse. I'm thankful for your review. I won't waste my time reading it. 11mo
KristenDuck @Princess-Kingofkings the book was definitely worse. If you didn‘t like the movie, I doubt you‘d enjoy the book. I‘d skip it. 11mo
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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.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders They were all very clean weren't they? While Woody Harrelson was great in his role, found they missed some of the grittiness that was in the book. Good movie, but here, yeah book better than the movie. 😚 12mo
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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.

Naj Love the bookmark! 12mo
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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.

ShelleyBooksie One of my all time favs! 12mo
Coffeedaily Have you read Educated by Tara Westover? Similar in tragedies and triumphs. Strong women who remain in my brain. 12mo
Chelseabillups30 @Coffeedaily, I have not...yet!!! 😉 Sounds like one I will have to look into!! Thanks for the recommendation. 💯 12mo
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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)

Crazeedi This was one of the very few 5 star books I've read. And it stayed with me for days, I couldn't get it out of my mind, how she grew up, and her resilience and courage. Just incredible 12mo
Marilyncjackson Loved this book 12mo
Book_Fairy_Mary One of my favorite books of all time! 12mo
Tamra It‘s amazing any of the kids grew up to be functional beings. 12mo
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Some books make you feel a very specific way or take you back to a particular time. Jeannette Walls has me trapped in New Mexico drinking rose lemonade with people I used to know.

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This was an absolutely beautiful, moving story of the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability to overcome. A remarkable story of triumph and love.

BookaholicNatty I enjoyed this book as well! 12mo
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Book 2 of 2019 - The Glass Castle! Has anyone read this or seen the movie??

PagesByTheWater I‘ve read it but have not seen the movie. It‘s very hard for me to read books like these, although it is a good book. 12mo
nschneider14 I thought the same thing. I found myself reading in much smaller time chunks than my usual pace because it can be a difficult read at times! But still, I loved the book. Im hoping I can watch the movie this weekend if I get snowed in! 12mo
justanothermusing One day i really need to.read this. My book club read it years ago and I missed it but the ladies still talk about it. 12mo
Marina_h I've read the book and seen the film some time after. For once I actually thought the film lived up to the book! 12mo
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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.

Tamra Totally agree. I wondered the same, how did the system fail them? I suspect there are communities that are MYOB closed/hostile to services and admittedly sometimes for good reason. Tragic. 😑 13mo
sammisho @Tamra There was the social service worker that came, but never followed up! Made me so angry! But it was also a different time. I also know, from personal experience, families can be very good at making things look okay to the outside world. Also, people hate to get involved. So often neighbors, teachers, ect suspect but never say a word. Usually until it is too late. 13mo
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Tamra @sammisho yes! After reading & watching the film, the one question I‘d like to ask her is if in retrospect (as an adult) she still wouldn‘t want to have been be separated from her parents. I recall as a child she was opposed to it. 13mo
sammisho @tamra I have worked with kids whose parents did awful, vile things or they were taken out of just unbelievable circumstances...and they still want to be with their parents. It so innate to want that. 13mo
monalyisha I‘m sorry you struggled with the similarities but happy it ended up being a “pick” for you — & about your ability to find the silver lining & see the resiliency of the human spirit. 💕 I also have a friend whose mother has done TERRIBLE things to her (including having her committed *on her birthday,* falsely claiming that she was a danger to her younger sisters 😭😤); still she chooses to continue the relationship. Hard to understand — & to judge. 13mo
sammisho @monalyisha It is hard to understand. I cut mosy of my family out of my life, mainly to protect my own children, but I still miss them and think about them. Wish things could be different. That never goes away I think. 13mo
veehabib I also found this book triggering because of past experiences and because of that it became one of those books that I couldn't put down, yet had to take breaks from every so often. I'm so sorry for the past that you had but I'm happy to hear that you have some wonderful children of your own to raise lovingly ❤️ 13mo
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“Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.”

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Thank you @BookaholicNatty for this wonderful surprise book mail! All of the LWW crew is so awesome! 😘 Hope you had a very merry Christmas! 🎄#litsywelcomewagon

I‘ve heard The Glass Castle is great book!

Judybskt Loved that book. Watched the movie last night. Loved it! 13mo
Talewaggingreads Crazy good! Love, love, love Jeannette Walls! Must follow up with Half Broke Horses, the story of Walls' bootlegging, horse breaking, and all around badass grandmother! 13mo
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Daisy makes sure she gets the best seat in the house #spoiled
Happy Christmas Eve everyone 🎄🎄🎄

Simona Happy Christmas to you too❣️ 13mo
Stacypatrice I just want to wrap my arms around her - she looks she sweet!! Merry Christmas 🎄 13mo
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“That was the thing to remember about all monsters, Dad said: They love to frighten people, but the minute you stare them down, they turn tail and run.”

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Day 9 #adventrecommends

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!

@emilyrose_x

Amiable Such a good book. Great pick. 👍🏼 14mo
Mcoun This was an excellent book. I need to read Educated. 13mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer @Mcoun Educated was wonderful! ☺ 13mo
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Day 3 of #adventrecommends

The Glass Castle is my favourite memoir (and the movie adaptation was great too)!

tjwill This is one of my favorite memoirs too. I haven‘t watched the movie because I was afraid it wouldn‘t live up to the book, but maybe I will now. Thanks! 😊 14mo
Djspens Loved both the book, and the movie! 14mo
Paula3 Fantastic book 14mo
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Amor4Libros This was the first book I heard on audio and I loved it! The movie was good too! 14mo
jb72 I just read the book a few months ago. It was very good. 14mo
Amiable Great pick 14mo
candority @tjwill I totally understand that fear! The movie didn‘t capture everything (obviously), but it did a great job nonetheless. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to watch it! 14mo
candority @Amor4Libros I just looked up the audiobook and found out that it‘s narrated by Jeannette Walls herself. No wonder you loved it! I‘ll have to keep that in mind if/when I re-read it 😊 14mo
Amor4Libros @candority Yes, she‘s great!! 🙂 14mo
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Stop with the pictures...! I can‘t, you‘re too stinkin‘ cute!

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"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.

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