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The glass castle : a memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children 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 how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Biographies
Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walls, Jeannette.
Glass castle.
New York : Scribner, ©2005
(OCoLC)651836734
Named Person: Jeannette Walls; Jeannette Walls
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeannette Walls
ISBN: 0743247531 9780743247535 0739458213 9780739458211 9780743247542 074324754X 9781439156964 1439156964 9781501171581 1501171585
OCLC Number: 56590629
Awards: Books for a Better Life Inspirational Memoir, 2005.
ALA Notable Books, 2006.
Alex Awards, 2006.
Christopher Awards, 2006.
Book Sense Book of the Year Award Honor Book, 2006.
Green Mountain Book Award Nominee, 2008.
Evergreen Young Adult Book Award Nominee, 2008.
Description: 288 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: A woman on the street --
The desert --
Welch --
New York City --
Thanksgiving.
Responsibility: Jeannette Walls.

Abstract:

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children 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 how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life.--From publisher description.
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The Glass Castle

by degaiaj (WorldCat user published 2006-04-26) Very Good Permalink
A truly compelling memoir.
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Top notch read

by daswitzer (WorldCat user published 2010-02-27) Excellent Permalink

I adored this book...has to be in the top 5 books I've ever read.   Coming from a poor family of the 50's, I could relate to Jeannette.   The book is humorous and almost unbelievable, although I absolutely DO believe it, for I"ve been there.   My life wasn't nearly as...
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A clear view in "The Glass Castle"

by SueH (WorldCat user published 2006-09-22) Excellent Permalink
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls provides a clear view her life as a child. The author is a journalist who is currently the MSNBC gossip columnist. While she was delving into celebrity’s lives for her column, she was hiding her own past, afraid that she would lose credibility, friends, and her professional...
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fabulous

by meye0539 (WorldCat user published 2008-04-17) Excellent Permalink
sad book but one of my favs, great book club book
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The Glass Castle

by julieg (WorldCat user published 2006-09-22) Excellent Permalink
In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls shares the riveting story of her childhood. Her parents - father Rex, a career dreamer, inventor, and frequent drinker, and mother Rose Mary, an artist and devoted wife and mother, constantly live on the edge. Due to Rex's questionable business dealings and both parents'...
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