The Glass Castle
Children of alcoholics
Join the discussion on Dec. 4, 2014. The author tells the story of her dysfunctional, yet vibrant, family and the intense love that held them together.
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
The author of this book grew up in a household with parents that were definitely eccentric and probably mentally ill. She and her siblings had to learn how to take care of themselves, and in this memoir she looks back on that life with sadness, compassion, and even humor.
Jeannette Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric and severely misguided family.
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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.
This was a very intriguing book to read, a glimpse into someones life that is almost unbelievable.
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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