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Glass Castle - 09 edition

Glass Castle (ISBN10: 1439156964; ISBN13: 9781439156964)
ISBN13: 978-1439156964
ISBN10: 1439156964

Summary: 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 stan ...show mored 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 09
Cover: Hardcover
Publisher: Charles Scribner's & Sons
Published: 10/06/2009
International: No



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In this remarkably moving memoir of redemption against all odds, author Jeannette Walls delivers a haunting work about her family and her coming of age. "The Glass Castle" recounts Walls's upbrining ...show morein the care of two parents who, despite their brilliance and creativity, carved a difficult life for their four children. Her father a intellectual free-spirit with a penchant for heavy drinking, and her mother a painter who never wished for a family, Jeannette tells of how she and her siblings were made to carve out a life of their own as their family slowly disolved. Throughout this story readers will come to understand a poignant series of revelations about the modern family and human determination. ...show less
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