The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Paperback)

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Paperback)


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One of the most impactful books I’ve read, The Glass Castle is a raw and honest memoir recounting the vivid experiences of a girl who grows up across the United States in poverty. Her and her siblings must find ways to adapt, to survive and support one another as their parents remain elusive and unpredictable.

This is the true story of a woman with tremendous resilience who follows her own path, struggling against a broken system and major family dysfunction; a strenuous journey through forgiveness, affection and understanding. Through her eyes, we share her reality and complexities in familial love, mental illness, hope and redemption.

Thank you to my high school English teacher for recommending this incredible story all those years ago so I can share my love for it with everyone in my life~

— From Gina's Picks

This story is meaningful to me on a very personal level. Jeannette Walls was/ is able to overcome truly challenging personal and familial obstacles. Her resilience and abilities to adapt and conquer her hindrances is explored through this memoir. This novel follows her family's vagabond existence. From barren deserts to coal mining country and from abuse to recovery, readers follow Jeannette Walls from childhood to adulthood. This memoir offers hope to those who have felt their childhood circumstances lie outside of what is talked about in public. Walls gives representation to those whose stories are often swept under the rug.

— From Rose's Picks


The extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

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.

The memoir was also made into a major motion picture from Lionsgate in 2017 starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.
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 eight 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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780743247542
ISBN-10: 074324754X
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: January 17th, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English
"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."
— People

"Walls has a God-given knack for spinning a yarn, and The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
— Entertainment Weekly

— Time

"Each memory is more incredible than the last... That Walls recounts them so well and in such detail is our good fortune."
— The Plain Dealer

"On the eighth day, when God was handing out whining privileges, he came upon Jeannette Walls and said, 'For you, an unlimited lifetime supply.' Apparently, Walls declined His kind offer."
— Chicago Tribune

"Charles Dickens's scenes of poverty and hardship are no more audacious and no more provocative than those in the pages of this stunning memoir."
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Some people are born storytellers. Some lives are worth telling. The best memoirs happen when these two conditions converge. In The Glass Castle, they have."
— New York Newsday

"The Glass Castle is the kind of story that keeps you awake long after the rest of the house has fallen asleep."
— Vogue