Genre: Memoir & Autobiography
Length: 288 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 25 minutes
First Published: 2005
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.
Quotes from The Glass Castle
You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.
Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.
I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.
She had her addictions and one of them was reading.
Movie Trailer for The Glass Castle (2017)
About Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls is an author and former journalist. Her works include her bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, as well as The Silver Star, Half Broke Horses, and the novel Hang the Moon. She currently lives in rural Virginia with her husband.