The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
First Published: 2005
6 Copies & Reading Guide
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
LitLovers – Includes an Introduction to the Book, Author Info, and Discussion Questions
The New York Times – “The Glass Castle: Outrageous Misfortune” by Francine Prose
The Today Show – “Life in Glass Castle Only Made Walls Stronger” by Denise Hazlick
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Simon & Schuster Author Page: Jeannette Walls
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