The Glass Castle

 
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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...  More
 
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i read this book this summer and i can truly say dont judge a book by its cover

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i need a good book for a 13 year old.. not interested in vampires!

this is a good book <3

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“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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This book is great. Why does a biography have to be dry and boring! This one sure is not. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this.

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Fabulous book!! Everyone I have ever recommended this book to has loved it. No doubt that Jeannette Walls had a dysfunctional and bizarre childhood, but it is equally evident that Ms Walls loved...more

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Awesome book!

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I was completely wrapped up in this while I was reading it. I have enough experience with dysfunctional families that a lot of it rang really true - especially the narrator's hero worship of her dad and inability to really blame him for anything. ... more
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