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The Glass Castle Book Discussion

  • Feb 7, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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I hope everybody is enjoying this holiday season, and hope you all didn't leave things to the last minute like I did! Please join us for our next book club meeting. This looks like a very compelling book, and one of our members can vouch that it is very thought provoking and inspirational!

Please bring a drink or treat to share, and we look forward to seeing you in February!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Here is a summary on The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls:

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 stand 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, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

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  • Angelique

    Just joined today so I won't be making it to this one. But I look forward to seeing what the next book is and meeting you all at the next meeting!

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to change this last minute - miscommunication in my household. Love the book and wish I could be there!

    February 7, 2013

  • Jennifer W.

    My daughter just finished and couldnt stop talking about it, so we will have a teenagers perspective on it too! Cant wait to see all of you tomorrow!

    February 6, 2013

  • Mary M. F.

    I am truly looking forward to this meeting.

    February 6, 2013

  • Ellen M

    I read this book and really liked it. Unfortunately, I have my daughters band concert that night adn cannot attend! Hoping for next time..

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Jennifer W.

    Welcome Kass!

    If you could bring a drink or snack to share, and any suggestions for our next book, that would be great. Bridget (see comment below) suggested one, so maybe check that one out. I look forward to meeting you!

    January 16, 2013

  • Bridget McLonis H.

    I'm looking forward to reading The Glass Castle for our next meeting and have a suggestion for the following book. I read a review of this book in the WSJ today, a memoir, similar in tone I think to the Infidel book. I was very impressed with it and downloaded it to read. Check it out and see what you think:

    January 11, 2013

  • Jennifer W.

    Sheri--I loved it! Great suggestion by Cindi. What a fascinating story, and Walls is an amazing storyteller. My teenage daughter is reading it, and even my husband wants to hear what we all have to say about it!

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't check my calendar carefully - I am going on vacation and won't be back till the 16th. Yeaaa, vacation! Will check calendar more carefully next time. I still have the audio book to finish, pretty good so far!

    December 19, 2012

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