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The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Paperback)
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The first book by the beloved author of the new novel "The Silver Star," the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, "nothing short of spectacular" ("Entertainment Weekly") memoir from one of the world's most gifted storytellers that has been on the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than six years.
"The Glass Castle "is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest 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 prospered.
"The Glass Castle" is truly astonishing--a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
About the Author
Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, "The Glass Castle", has been a "New York Times" bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant "New York Times" bestsellers, "The Silver Star" and "Half Broke Horses", which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of "The New York Times Book Review". Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.
"Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."
The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
-- Entertainment Weekly
Memoirs are our modern fairy tales.... The autobiographer is faced with the daunting challenge of attempting to understand, forgive, and even love the witch.... Readers will marvel at the intelligence and resilience of the Walls kids."
-- Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review, front page