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The Glass Castle

I read The Glass Castle last week for my monthly book club. This is a memoir that tells the story of Jeanette Walls childhood and early adulthood and the abnormal (aw heck, let's say bizarre) upbringing by her parents. Wells tells the story in such a way that at several points I forgot I was reading a memoir and thought this was a piece of fiction. Really, it got to the point where I wondered if this stuff could have really happened (from the opening where the three-year old is cooking hot dogs, to the shack they live in (or should I say endure), in Appalachia.

All that said though, I did enjoy the book. It's not long (under 300 pages), moves fast and is darn engaging. So I'd recommend it.

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I enjoyed it too. Very quick read. I hate to correct you, but her last name is Walls.

It's a wild book, isn't it? I saw her interviewed on TV right after the book came out and I think it's really true (though so hard to believe in parts, like you said). I bet it was therapeutic for her to write the book.


I liked the book too! Strange to think that it really happened.

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