The Glass Castle
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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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Lady Luck commented:
“Collected Novels For Teens” by Joyce Carol Thomas is a 4-book omnibus and my family enjoyed reading it. It is listed on RR if you want more information about it. Also, Jeannette Walls has written two other books “Half Broke Horses” and “Dish” but I’m not sure if they are similar.
Have you daughter read "Memory Lake the forever friendships of summer". It is also a biography, really well written, that reads like fiction but it is more G rated, and its about camp rather than dysfunction.
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