Jeannette Walls in her memoir, The Glass Castle, paints a different picture of those to choose to live outside the box. She paints a vivid picture of her parents and their dual decision to reject the conventional trappings of society. Both self-obsessed, they gave birth to a band of offspring--never children, always adults.
On a personal level, there were parts of this book that struck chords vaguely familiar--a long time ago when every need was justified by a hard lesson learned.
I love this book. I've read the book several times and now enjoyed listening to it. Her story makes my childhood seem "normal". It also gave me a glimpse of why some people choose to live non-traditional lives on the street.
Honestly, I don't recall what made me choose this book, maybe it was even a mistake, or maybe it was FATE! I love Jeannette Walls now. I relate to that scrappy girl and the hard-working woman she became. This story is amazing in so many ways. It is hard to tell such stories with the right balance of love/humor/tragedy. She did it so beautifully. I love her voice reading her story, too. Inspirational.
Usually once I read a book, I end up giving it away; or, in the case of audiobooks, forget about it.
This book has touched my heart in a way not many have. Such great story telling. The author tells us about her life in an honest and simple yet descriptive and expressive way.
I recommend this book for everyone.
I bounced from feeling angry, to sad, to frustrated,and back again. This was a great book for me to read as I volunteer at a community crisis. I came away with a greater understanding of being homeless, being raised in poverty, and the stigmas attached to both.
I recommend this book.
A story about a special girl raised by a mentally ill mother and alcoholic father, who turns out strong, insightful...and amazing. Love that it's read by the author.