The Glass Castle ePub Edition by Jeannette Walls
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews I picked this book up while waiting for my car to be repair, with no intentions of buying it. I assumed it was just another story of heartache and a tragic childhood that I enjoyed, because it made me feel like I lived in an actual "Glass Castle" myself. But after reading the first chapter I was trapped. I had to finish living out the story of the Walls family; there was no turning back for me. I soon learned the meaning of the phrase people who live in those "Glass Castle's" should not throw stones! This book, this memoir, is truly life changing. It makes you realize so many important life lessons. Where to even start with the lessons I can not tell you! First off the anger you initially feel for Rex and Rose Mary quickly fades as you become one of the Walls children yourself. You are saddened by their hunger and lack of basic needs, but at the same time your heart is warmed by the loving ways the family learned to make up for what they did not have. One of my favorite sections of the book is when Rex Walls has no money for gifts for Christmas one year and takes each child out, individually, and offers them a star...any star for
their own! How creative, how loving! How many parents put that much thought into their child's Christmas gifts? It was moments like this that kept this family together. Then there were the horrible times in the Walls family's life that just made you appreciate everything you ever had, or have. You take a new appreciation of the food you eat everyday and the environment in which you live. Making you realize life really is not that bad! And even if it is...perseverance and hard work can change it all. Who would have thought a high school aged girl could move from the sticks, in extreme poverty to living on Park Avenue of one of the most successful cities in the world? It shows us that everything is possible. I truly believe that if you do not read this book you are missing out on a very valuable experience. Everyone that reads this memoir will come out with something different that have learned. But I promise you that the Walls family leave an impression on you that will change your life...even if in just a small way...for the better!
The life of Jeannette Walls should inspire everyone who reads The Glass Castle. It is a very moving memoir about it feels likes to be poor. Living with a father who suffered with the disease of alcoholism made her childhood tense and scary, and I think Walls describes this well. She writes very openly about asking her father to stop drinking and to find a steady job to support the family. I think Walls also presents her father as a loving supportive person when he was sober. Walls also urged her mother who dreamed of becoming an artist to get a job teaching to help their family out. I enjoyed reading about the examples in the book that showed her father as a good man. He bought new bicycles for his children and took them to the zoo. He also developed a love of learning in his children. Wells writes very vividly about what it felt like sleeping in cardboard boxes, looking though trash cans and dumpsters for food and eating nothing but popcorn for many days. She also lived in a house with no electricity or indoor plumbing. She developed a sense of resourcefulness of being so poor. She made her own set of braces to straighten out of coat hangers and rubber bands. She also took a job at the age of 13 at a jewerly store to help make ends meet. Wells discovers a love of journalism in high school which became one of the turning points in her life. Her love of writing led to a career as a journalist in New York City. Jeannette Walls has worked hard to achieve the life she now has. The Glass Castle is a touching, inspirational, entertaining memoir of a courageous successful woman.
Imagine a life where your parents describe homelessness as an exciting adventure. Where lunch has you checking the trash for other kid's leftovers. And where the toilet is a bucket in the middle of the room. Jeannette Wall's memoir is frightening, yet fascinating. The story begins with young Jeannette's visit to the emergency room suffering from deep burns due to a cooking accident. Jeannette had been making dinner at the tender age of 3, a typical daily affair despite her young age. Raised by eccentric parents, Jeannette tells the tale without whining or asking for sympathy. Her dad drank too much but shared his genius in other ways. At Christmas for example, there was no money for gifts but her dad "gave" her a star which he said would last forever - much longer than the traditional kids Xmas toy. Her mom was an artist who had better things to do than care for kids so the kids pretty much raised themselves. When there was money they ate and when there wasn't they didn't. When they ate, the mom might cook a pot of beans which served as breakfast, lunch and dinner for as long as it lasted. Jeannette's tale is an amazing look at an incredibly difficult childhood. A page turner - very hard to put
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