The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle is a memoir recounting the love, life and memories of New York Times Bestseller, Jeannette Walls. From a poverty-stricken upbringing full of imagination and hope to the upscale setting of Park Avenue in New York, Walls retells her life story full of laughter, disappointment, resilience and hardships vividly and candidly. The Glass Castle will make you chuckle and break your heart all on the same page. This relatable and heartbreaking novel speaks to audiences on so many different levels and the life lessons learned will resonate with anyone and everyone reading it. The pages of this book are full of mistakes, irony, and devastation but most importantly, what it means to have faith in yourself when no one else does.

While we were in Midland, Mom painted dozens of variations and studies of the Joshua tree. We’d go with her and she’d give us art lessons. One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it everyday so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”

-Jeannette Walls

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