The Glass Castle by: Jeannette Walls

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Summary

In the "The Glass Castle", Jeannette Walls opens the door to her childhood, beginning when Jeannette is three years old and standing on a chair to reach the stove top. Much of her memories in the desert focused on "the skedaddle" and how her family move to different desert towns on the West Coast of America for as long as her Dad could hold a job or when his paranoia about the state, combined with alcoholism set in. Humor is frequently into the memoir with a light-spirited tone. As Jeannette grows up in the desert, she is fascinated by the limitless amount of nature exposed to her and the fantasies her father dreams up for her and her siblings. They leave the desert and relocate to Welch, West Virginia. Life in Welch, West Virginia is completely different than the life the Walls had in the desert on the West coast. Since they arrived in Welch, the Walls children want to leave and return to the desert. But eventually things become so bad that they realize they have to move away from their parents in order to live stable lives. Eventually the siblings all end up relocating to New York. For a time everyone is settled and living independently until Rex and Rose Mary show up in Manhattan. After being in New York for only a little bit, the couple ends up poor and homeless once again, and the children become fed up with burden of hosting their parents. By the memoir's end, Jeannette has finally accepted her past and present and no longer feels the need to hide behind lies or half-truths.

"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" (Walls 144).

Battle Mountain, Nevada is a small mining town where the Walls lived for almost a year before, once again, they had to make "the skedaddle" and get out of town before the state got to her Dad.

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I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking for something that may have many page, but is so interesting that it is quick to read through. “The Glass Castle” is an amazing read and is a memoir filled with life lessons learned from situations most people may never face. It is interesting to see the gradual change in someone’s life from being so hungry that they eat a stick of butter to going

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