The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls is one of my favorite books. The memoir chronicles Walls’ impoverished 1960s childhood and early adulthood. We learn about her Appalachian roots and unique upbringing, as she and her three siblings were raised by nomadic, sometimes volatile parents. It is a very memorable book. There are so many moments and situations that resonate with you later, such as when Jeanette accidentally burned herself while cooking food at a very young age, or when Jeanette’s family would have to “skedaddle” and quickly leave one town for the next. It was nice to see how Jeanette and her siblings really loved and supported one another. And though Jeanette’s parents were unlike most parents, you could see the love that Rex and Rose Walls had for their children. Throughout the book, you can see Jeannette’s spirit of perseverance and resilience.

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