The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Paperback)

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This is a hard to put down contemporary memoir by a woman who is becoming so much more than a survivor. She reflects on her crazy, dangerous, lonely, thrilling, frightening, tender, adventurous childhood with a rare forgiveness that brings even greater depth to her memoir.

Nancy Scheemaker

This is a perfect book for anyone who thinks that they might have endured a tough childhood. A courageous and frank account of the poverty, hunger, and deprivations that Ms. Walls and her siblings suffered at their parents' hands. A tale of epic irresponsibility that still somehow never manages to retain a sense of affection and compassion for two tragically flawed people.

Alden Graves

The Glass Castle tells the true story of a deeply dysfunctional family and the trials and tribulations that each of the four children endured at the hands of their parents. This is a memoir about resilience, forgiveness, love, and overcoming adversity when all odds are against you. Jeannette recalls the good, the bad, the dangerous, the ugly, and the occasionally wholesome moments she and her family shared in a way that will make you simultaneously heartstruck and hopeful- A stunning read.

Madison Gallup



The extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

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.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

The memoir was also made into a major motion picture from Lionsgate in 2017 starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

About the Author

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

Praise For…

"Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."
— People

"Walls has a God-given knack for spinning a yarn, and The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
— Entertainment Weekly

— Time

"Each memory is more incredible than the last... That Walls recounts them so well and in such detail is our good fortune."
— The Plain Dealer

"On the eighth day, when God was handing out whining privileges, he came upon Jeannette Walls and said, 'For you, an unlimited lifetime supply.' Apparently, Walls declined His kind offer."
— Chicago Tribune

"Charles Dickens's scenes of poverty and hardship are no more audacious and no more provocative than those in the pages of this stunning memoir."
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Some people are born storytellers. Some lives are worth telling. The best memoirs happen when these two conditions converge. In The Glass Castle, they have."
— New York Newsday

"The Glass Castle is the kind of story that keeps you awake long after the rest of the house has fallen asleep."
— Vogue

"The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."
— Entertainment Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780743247542
ISBN-10: 074324754X
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: January 17th, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English