The Glass Castle: A Memoir

The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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By (author) Jeannette Walls

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 074324754X
  • ISBN 13: 9780743247542
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 13,409

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The first book by the beloved author of the new novel "The Silver Star," the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, "nothing short of spectacular" ("Entertainment Weekly") memoir from one of the world's most gifted storytellers that has been on the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than six years. "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.

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"Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit." -- Dani Shapiro, author of "Family History"