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The Glass Castle

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.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing--a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first time attending, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised at how organized other participants were, arriving with notes and questions prepared. The meeting was much more structured than I had anticipated, but I found I actually enjoyed that. It was great to hear others share their observations and perceptions of the book. It added whole new dimensions to the way I experienced the book. I can't wait for the next one.

    P.S. Nice, nice people, and the food was to die for. Thank you Alex and Aunt Peg!

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Maura W.

    Sorry to miss the gathering today. Have a great discussion and I look forward to the next book.:)

    June 20, 2014

  • Alexandra F.

    Hello! Looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday. As an added enticement, I will be making some mouth-watering treats like my Aunt's famous Pegg's Eggs, chicken salad, and homemade craisin bread. Yum! Bring your appetites and lively minds to the discussion.

    June 17, 2014

  • Dyan D.

    Sorry I'll be out of town. I'll miss you guys.

    June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to meeting everyone on the 21st!

    May 30, 2014

  • Nick S.

    Sorry for the delay in the picking of the next book! This book is a short one, highly rated and should allow for some great discussion. Also I have a side book, a graphic novel that I'll be creating another meetup for. This discussion will be directly after The Glass Castle.

    In future we will be doing a voting system for which book to select, we will have a different genre for each month. This month is Biography / Memoir.

    May 15, 2014

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