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    DescriptionJeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her 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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    Title
    The Glass Castle
    Subtitle
    A Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeannette Walls
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781439156964
    ISBN 10: 1439156964
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: VFV, JFSJ1, BGLA, KNT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: FAM000000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: BIO025000
    DC21: 362.2923092
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    DC22: 362.292/3092
    LC classification: HV5132 .W35 2009B
    LC subject heading:
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Scribner Book Company
    Imprint name
    Scribner Book Company
    Publication date
    06 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "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, author of "The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper"