Excerpt from The Glass Castle

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I hadn’t heard of Jeannette Walls or The Glass Castle before, but I’m glad I picked it up. It is a memoir of the author’s childhood of poverty and neglect and she has some very interesting stories to tell. Her parents preferred to live an itinerant lifestyle, so she lived a lot of different places and did a lot of different things.

It is a bestseller and has been made into a movie. So other people thought it was good too!

Language warning: yes, there is a good amount of cussing in this one.

One of them squeezed my hand and told me I was going to be okay. 

“I know,” I said, “but if I’m not, that’s okay too.”

The nurse squeezed my hand again and bit her lower lip. 

Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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.

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