The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Jeannette Walls tells the story about her childhood. She talks about living like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Retreating to the dismal West Virginia mining town--and the family-- her father, 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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2005.
ISBN: 9781419341045
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD 362.8209 WALLS J
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (11 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Gibson, Julia


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Sep 11, 2018

How does one go from childhood in an extremely dysfunctional home to adulthood as a mature, productive adult? Find out by reading The Glass Castle. This is a thought-provoking, startling book that should make most of us very thankful for our somewhat normal beginnings.

Aug 29, 2018

An amazing, upsetting story! It made me wonder if children I see are up in such a situation. It makes a good case for aid to families, mental health care, social workers, and foster care.

Aug 28, 2018

Wonderful storytelling. It had me captivated within the first couple of pages. This is the first Walls book I've read and now looking forward to reading The Silver Star amongst others.

Aug 08, 2018

didn't read

JCLHeatherM Jul 08, 2018

Jeannette Walls storied life is retold in this intimate memoir, chronicling years of instability, uncertainty, and splashes of pleasure in between. Jeannette's strong family bonds are laid out, for better or for worse, proving that we never leave the family that we were born into. A scrappy fighter, Jeannette made a name for herself and took the positive portion of the life she was dealt.

Jul 06, 2018

Amazing read! Bravo to JW and her siblings for their ability to overcome a million obstacles and be successful by their own hard-earned right. This book has 288 pages...on at least 200 of them I was saying OMG to myself...this was some crazy stuff. Still more shockers near the end.

All their achievements in the end made me so happy. JW describes her parents...'lived unruly lives battling authority and who liked it that way'. Her Mom drove me wild with her blazé/self-centered attitude!

Look forward to the movie. I recommend this to anyone as I enjoyed it even though I rarely read from this genre.

Jun 20, 2018

This book is hard to put down! Although some pages are hard to read, you can feel the sense of hope in the writing style of Walls. A horrific childhood but a true story of resilience and determination. After you have finished the book, be sure to check online for videos of Walls and her siblings.

May 14, 2018

Oh. My. Goodness.

I devoured this book. Jeannette Walls offers her own life story in a way that sits you right in the midst of her family. It's a beautiful and painful story of her family making it work through setback after setback. It's laid out for the reader as a gift wrapped in newspaper just like her mother used to do. Except the story that's inside is anything but ordinary. Walls' father is a genius with a tragic taste for alchol. Her mother is a suffering artist in so many ways. Her siblings are tough and absolute survivors.

If you've never read a memoir, start here. It's honestly one of the best I've ever read.

May 13, 2018

CBS featured on Sunday morning show. Dis functional family Woody Harrelson

Apr 25, 2018

"The Glass Castle" grabs your attention right away. This family is simply fascinating. We see the world through the eyes of a daughter with parents that seem different from all the other children. Why and how did it happen! What can she do about it? How was her life changed by her parents? All are fascinating questions. True stories like "Glass Castle" makes me aware how unique all of us are.

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May 18, 2017

The story revolves mostly around the childhood of the author. It describes the nomadic lifestyle of the Walls and how the children have learned to grow without their parents' support. The Glass Castle is mainly telling the dysfunctional connections in this dysfunctional family.

Jun 19, 2015

A journalist remembers her challenging, unconventional and impoverished childhood & the family with whom she shared these challenges.

Bonavista May 06, 2011

I loved that she went through so much as a child and teenager but still held the faith the whole time and came out of it. I think, a better person for it.

carlakacz May 03, 2011

This was a very intriguing book to read, a glimpse into someones life that is almost unbelievable.

Feb 16, 2011

Remarkable memoir of resilence and redemption and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeanette's brillant and charismatic father catured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishones 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 propsered.


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Aug 04, 2017

Coarse Language: Jeanette's father does tend to cuss frequently.

May 18, 2017

Sexual Content: 2 somewhat sexual scenes in regards to the protagonist.


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May 18, 2017

"It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty." - Rose Mary Wells

Nov 17, 2014

"I'm not upset because I'll miss you," Mom said. "I'm upset because you get to go to New York and I'm stuck here. It's not fair."

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