The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

Why I love it

Jeannette's family is unlike other families. Her parents, allergic to "normal" society, lead their children like nomads across the dusty crannies of 1970s rural America, finally settling in a dismal Appalachian mining town. While her whimsical father's zest for life is immeasurable, he is by turns dishonest, unreliable, and an alcoholic. Her mother, an artist, is scornful of her materna...


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 spiri...

Member thoughts

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  • Meagan M.

    Hot Springs, AR

    "A wonderful memoir about family and the strength to overcome. Loved it!"

  • Meredith L.

    Chicago, IL

    "Loved this book - characters are great, interesting, would highly recommend."

  • Hillary M.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Really enjoyed the entire story of growing up. Didn't want it to stop!"

  • Ashlee P.

    Midland, TX

    "An excellent read of only to give some perspective."

  • Steph C.

    Wayland, MA

    "Amazing book where truth is way crazier than fiction. Had my jaw drop a number of times. "

  • Kristine H.

    Austin, TX

    "I couldn’t put this book down. Every page left me wanting more. Very easy to read and I felt for every character in the book. "

  • Lindsey V.

    Dayton, TX

    "This memoir is amazing. Heartbreaking and uplifting. I recommend this to everyone."

  • Rachel R.

    Moose Lake, MN

    "There were times I forgot this was based on a true story, the truth can be crazy! Loved the timeline of growing up."

  • Jessica F.

    Decherd, TN

    "I absolutely love this book!!! I read it a few years ago but wanted to reread it. I'm so glad I ordered it. This book makes you feel every emotion....anger, sympathy, sad, happy, etc. Great uplifting book"

  • Anne-Marie E.

    Aroda, VA

    "Powerful! "

  • Kayla H.

    Oklahoma City, OK

    "Fantastic! Sometimes the hardest hero for a girl to watch fall from glory is her father. Even harder is learning how to move on with life and become your own. "