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MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

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.

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.

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4.4 / 5
One of the greatest stories told this century
January 31st, 2015
Wonderful story that brings laughter, tears, and everything in between. This has to be one of my favorite books of all time
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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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Disturbingly rivetting!
November 6th, 2014
As a father of four of my own I kept wishing I could intervene, talk to the Walls parents, come alongside them, report them or simply whisk the children out of the squalor the parents chose for them. An amazing tale of surviving and thriving for the author and her brother, less so for her older sister and the impact on the youngest is heartbreaking to read about. Thanks for sharing Jeannette.
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Yes!
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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The Glass Castle
September 20th, 2014
Good light read. Made me explore a bit more deeply what I thought of other people. You never know what events in their lives have shaped them into who they are. We all have a story... Some are just a bit more interesting because of their life challenges...it can make you or it can break you....you can chose to rise above or give up and be crushed. Really enjoyed The Glass Castle
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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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Slow start and upsetting parents
April 17th, 2014
At first it starts interesting then falls and gets a lil boring and towards the end you can't help but think, sad, and upsetting thoughts about the parents. I liked the book, the kids were strong, and I would definitely like to know about the younger sis more.
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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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The Glass Castle
March 6th, 2014
Wow! Incredibly heartbreakingly honest but also h umorous. Beautifully written with absolute unconditional love for her family.
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1 person found this helpful
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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