Monday, July 2, 2012

Book # 36 - The Glass Castle: A Memoir

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeannette Walls
288 pages


Jeannette Walls, a contributor for MSNBC, unburdens her past in this heartwarming memoir. She recalled her childhood with an alcoholic father who dreamt of finding gold so that they could build a glass castle and live happily ever after.  Her mother, an erratic artist, enforced no rules and let the kids fend for themselves against other children who ridiculed their living conditions.  As far as Jeannette could remember, they had been running away, usually in the middle of the night.  Eventually, they settle in Welch, West Virginia.  Despite the hunger and neglect, Jeannette and her siblings stick together and rise above their circumstances.

I was telling someone about this book, and with a puzzled look, he asked, "And that is a good book?"

Yes it is.  I love books where even though the situation is depressing, there is a redeeming quality in the end.  Except in this case, it is not just a story but someone's life.

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