Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review The Glass Castle

Hey Peeps! 
Just thought  would share a book review with you. 
Hope you enjoy. 

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

Back of the Book:

Jeannette 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, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

My thoughts: 
This was a great read! I would recommend it for anyone high school or older. There is some language and some adult situations, but the value of the story is so enormous and none of it is gratuitous.  Ms. Walls' story sheds so much light on the plight of children of the homeless. While the story is pitiful and sad, she uses humor and forgiveness in generous portions that make her story survivable.  She is living proof that we do not have to be victims of our child hood or up bringing.

Most of the ladies in book club liked it and would recommend it.

Thanks for dropping by! 

I'll be joining Ricki Jill for Literary Friday.


acorn hollow said...

I did enjoy reading this book. I read it some time ago

Stacey said...

I read it a couple of years ago. It's the kind of story that is painful but you just can't put it down!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I loved this book and wouldn't mind reading it again. I've read other books by this author, too...all very good! Happy weekend! Hugs, Diane

Sarah said...

Liz, I read this a few years ago, and it still remains vividly their childhood, educate themselves, and have a "normal" adult life. I haven't read Half Broke Horses, but it's on my list.

Decor To Adore said...

This was indeed truly a wonderful book. I also enjoyed the second book in the series. She is a wonderful writer.

So what type of cake did darling daughter select? :)

Thank you for your kindness and friendship.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Thank you for linking up, Liz. A friend gave me a copy of this book, but I haven't gotten around to reading it, yet. It does seem like it would be a great book club selection!

xo, RJ