#16 ~ The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls, her brother, and her two sisters grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who resented any part of the responsibility that goes hand in hand with parenting. Her memoir is a beautiful testiment to the resilience of the human heart and soul. As depressing as the details were about her experiences with poverty, squaller, and absolute hunger could be, I couldn’t think of a better book to read. It made me happy that I had loving parents who enjoyed their children and worked hard to provide for us. It made me happy to be human, like each and every member of Jeannette’s family. Most of all, it made me happy that Jeannette was willing to share her story. In light of recent events at Virginia Tech, it is a relief to know that an underpriviledged childhood full of empty promises and hardship does not have to end in violence.

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  • At 2008.09.15 10:25, bclrk said:

    The author, Jeanette Walls, is coming to Omaha to speak on Wednesday. Her story made me look at homeless people with more empathy. I look forward to hearing her speak.

    • […] read The Glass Castle in 2007.  I absolutely loved it.  It’s the kind of memoir I find the most fulfilling to […]

      • At 2010.05.04 11:38, Cheryl said:

        This was such an amazing book to read!

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