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.
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.
Effectively truthful feel to this memoir. The author's honesty is humbling and only underlines that growing up ain't easy, especially when one's own parents haven't done so. I'll bet I'm not the only child of ....er, emotionally and mentally challenged parents who can relate at least in part. Beautifully done but some of the pain will linger with readers. Or it has for this reader.
The book had potential as an audible with good writing and the story had some good honest moments, but it was impossible to get through the poor reading. This is why authors should not read their own books. A great reader is every bit as important as the words they read out loud to us. What was Audible thinking recommending this as an editor' pick? Lesson I learned is don't buy the editor's pick!