This is very much worth a listen. I recently finished "Glass Castle" and wanted more. Although not an immediate tie in with GC, this story seems to easily relate to GC since you know you are finding out about Wall's grandmother - and the prime influence on her mother. Helps to make sense out of GC if that is of interest to you. If not, it is still an interesting story of a tough and self-reliant woman making a go of it in the early 1900's in Arizona and New Mexico.
Jeannette Walls has captured the voice of her grandmother through this excellent novelization of her family history. An inspiring story for men and women alike. Less horrific than her first book (Glass Castle) but equally as engaging. In fact, if you have not read The Glass Castle-- read this first.
This book gave some background that was very helpful in understanding Ms. Walls unconventional upbringing. (The Glass Castle) Ms. Walls mother had been very influenced by the hard scrabble life of the American west and her family's need to survive. It was not comfortable nor safe. In giving us the story of her grandparents, her own mother's life and choices became more understandable. Jeanette Walls certainly channeled her grandmother's grit to become a respected author. Good for her.
I've listened to all three of her books, this one by far was my favorite. I loved that it was written in first person it made for a heart warming and inspirational story. Very well written! Loved the story!
The story is great but the narration is awful. You need to get Will Patton to do your books!
I loved this story and the characters, and I think Jeannette Walls does a fantastic job performing her own writing.
When Lily decides to enter the political realm and storms into the governor's office, I laughed out loud. This woman is inspiring.
I listened to and read The Glass Castle, and loved that too.
The title is perfect as is.
Thought she was lying…..
I read The Glass Castle – Exhilarating
I was so fascinated with Rex Walls and what he would do next. He was truly a free spirit, rebel without a cause, but very intelligent. You might even say book sense without common sense. *Shrugs! So after reading the first book - I guess it’s the first (The Glass Castle ), I absolutely had to have more. So this one. As I began to read, I was like, this is a true story, right? Hmmm…. This is not matching up with the other. Everything is different. FRAUD (lol). As the story went on I noticed the story was about the grandmother and then merging into the mother – I was entranced and back on track.
I love the stories, the imagery was so0 vivid. My favorite imagery was the hearse with school bus painted on the side and underneath, Taxi! Hilarious.
Who gets fired all those times and doesn't learn the lesson. Comical.
The story was quite interesting a with all it's twists and turns and moved along well. I always enjoy a tale about the a struggling family back in time before the modern world evolved.
No, I don't think so. She got better as the story progressed (or I got used to her...not sure which). She sounded like she had taken each line of the book and had them written down in list form, and then she proceeded to read the list. I really think writers to a disservice to their work by narrating it themselves. Do what you do best.