The Glass Castle: A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls
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10.42 Hours 09/15/2010 unabridged
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The perennially bestselling, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers—soon to be a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.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 beloved memoir that has lived on the bestseller list for more than six years.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A USA Today Bestseller

An ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2006 YALSA Alex Award

Nominated for the 2008 Abraham Lincoln Award

The perennially bestselling, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers—soon to be a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

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 beloved memoir that has lived on the bestseller list for more than six years.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Just read the first pages of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and I defy you not to go on. It’s funny, and sad, and quirky, and loving. I was incredibly touched by it.”  Dominick Dunne, New York Times bestselling author
“A very good memoir. At one point, describing her early literary tastes, Walls mentions that ‘my favorite books all involved people dealing with hardships.’ And she has succeeded in doing what most writers set out to do—to write the kind of book they themselves most want to read.”  New York Times
“Tragic and comic at the same time…an outrageous story, one that will break your heart.”  Sunday Independent (London)
“Walls doesn’t pull her punches…in this excellent, unusual book…fantastic storytelling.”  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and worked as a journalist in New York for two decades. Her internationally bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, is a triumphant account of overcoming a difficult childhood and was chosen as Elle magazine’s book of the year. She is a recipient of numerous honors and awards. Walls and her husband, writer John Taylor, live in rural Virginia. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English