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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.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. 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.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

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This is about your childhood
December 30th, 2014
This book is a precise instrument that will extract your childhood and lay it bare in front of you so you can't look away. While Wall's experiences seem unordinary, they are an exact tale of childhood.
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November 1st, 2014
Yes! This memoir is an act of bravery and a testament to good storytelling. I couldn’t put it down...
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September 8th, 2014
Excellent story. You have done well Jeanette. Your parents in some strange way had such a positive outlook on life
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Interesting read
September 5th, 2014
Interesting story. What a rough life for those kids. I will most likely read her other book(s)
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Glass Castle - well written!!
July 12th, 2014
Amazing book - a must read for sure!
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The Glass Castle
April 14th, 2014
Having been abused as a child and having knowledge of the abuse a relative is going through I understand the pain and frustration these children endured. This book shows how resourceful children can be. Good read.
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March 14th, 2014
I don't understand how parents could raise their children like that. The children should have been taken from them.
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January 25th, 2014
A beautiful read full of emotion. Well written. One of my favourite books of all time.
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January 24th, 2014
Reading this story made me shake my heads at times......I will never understand why parents choose to starve their children, make them freeze in the winter and go without basic necesities all the while sitting on a fortune..........my mouth literally dropped at the end of this story......to learn what these parents put their children through is remarkable!!!! Cudo's to the writer for chosing a better life for herself and making it on her own!
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January 24th, 2014
I love the easy style of her writing, the ability to feel the emotions were as you were one of the characters.
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January 24th, 2014
Great story! Inspiring and both heart warming and heart wrenching. Crying and laughing at the same time. Very well written and vivid. Good luck setting it down before you are finished!
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January 23rd, 2014
A great, easy read! Although the family's dysfunction sometimes catches you by surprise, at times you will find yourself laughing out loud at how they deal with situations with such normalcy. A story of defying the quirkiest of odds as children to become successful adults!
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A must read!
January 16th, 2014
Very well written true life story of the author's life living in poverty. I couldn't put the book down.
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The Glass Castle
October 24th, 2013
Good read made me realize that there are alot of people out there who didnt have the same privallages I did. My family wast rich, but we never had to worry about a roof over our head or scrounge through a garbage can for our next meal.
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Excellent
October 14th, 2013
Great book from beginning to end . Looking forward to see what else she has wrote
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October 6th, 2013
I love memoirs, and this was definitely one of my absolute favourites. It makes most parents look like saints on their worst day. Very well written and entertaining.
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October 4th, 2013
The book is very gripping and definitely a page turner. It is hard to believe the adversity that she faced only to escape that life and become the success that she is today. Very much worth the read.
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October 4th, 2013
I loved this book. Couldn't out it down.
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October 4th, 2013
great story of survival and how you can rise above and be a good person to make you dreams happen.
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October 4th, 2013
I loved it. Such a heartbreaking real life story. I was so moved by how well the children moved on from dysfunctional parents
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