Book Club Meeting - The Glass Castle

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.

.. In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls tells the story of her amazing life. jeanne-scott | 778 reviewers made a similar statement A fascinating book that is interesting, fast moving and very well written. Elena Homas | 398 reviewers made a similar statement I think a good book makes you look at life from a different perspective and helps one to gather insight into living life in different ways.




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  • Patricia

    Sorry, can't make it. My schedule is wonky right now. Hope to join you all again soon.

    September 17, 2013

  • Eugene F.

    Hi there. How does the book club work? I could be interested in attending a book club though I haven't read this book yet.

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Roomchange: For this month's bookclub .... we will meet in the Program Room on the first floor. (our usual room is undergoing renos)

    September 15, 2013

  • Barbara W.

    An awesome book in it's own way and a good human study. So easy to read and made more interesting by the fact that it's a true story.

    July 23, 2013

  • Dan

    Absolutely loved this book - we ended up reading the entire book aloud 1 or 2 chapters at a time, around our camp at Harrison Lake one summer... Enjoyed by adults and older children alike... Awesome read highly recommended...

    March 21, 2013

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