2006 memoir worth picking up

Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” reads like an answer to “You should write a book.”

The Glass CastleJeannette Walls’ memoir came out in 2006, and I’m a little bit late to the party, but I’m glad I showed up.

She tells the story of her childhood with her creative but flaky mother and brilliant but alcoholic father. It was a wild ride through the desert, West Virginia and finally New York City that I can imagine people reacting to with, “Wow, that’s unbelievable.”

Her story reminded me a little bit of Mary Karr’s “Liar’s Club,” in that Dad was an alcoholic who was beloved but ultimately disappointing. I dog-eared more pages of Karr’s memoir for her lyrical writing, but Walls’ effort is no less literary. As a Midwesterner, I appreciated Walls’ perspective on New York — she’s an insider with an outsider’s perspective.

Interestingly, Walls followed up her memoir with “Half Broke Horses” in 2010 which is described as a “true life novel” about her grandmother. I’ll be adding that work to my “to read” list on Goodreads.

One response to “2006 memoir worth picking up

  1. Yep, this was an awesome one! It’s short and easy to read.. I think I finished it one day during my lunch hour. It really sucks you in and has a lot of “what were these people thinking” moments. I hadn’t heard she wrote another one – will have to check that one out too!

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