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Subject: Has anyone read "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls?
Date Posted: 12/23/2007 4:48 PM ET
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Just heard about this book and thought it sounded good, If you have read it whar did you think of it. Not sure if I have the author's name right. Maybe its just Wall.

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 5:57 PM ET
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This is a fabulous book! An amazing story of overcoming odds. The family in this book, a true story, is the ultimate dysfunctional family -- loving, but totally incapable of dealing with life. Yet somehow, the daughter -- the author, rises above the circumstances of her life/upbringing to become a "normal" functioning member of society. Rivetting reading. One of the best books I read last year. I strongly recommend that you read it!

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 6:03 PM ET
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I totally agree with Sally on this book. It was very good and I would recommend it!

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 6:18 PM ET
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I will third that...it was a great book..and stayed with me long after I finished it.

Dawn

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 6:42 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies. It sounds like a very worthwhile read and I have put it on my wish list.It sounds like a real gem.   Donna

 

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 7:38 PM ET
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Havent read it yet, but I have it on my TBR pile!!

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 10:36 PM ET
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I'm reading it now.  It is so hard to put down!!

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 8:35 PM ET
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This book is on my Wisht List and I'm number 17/21. Not much longer, lol.

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 1:22 AM ET
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I just finished this last week.

Captivating, riveting, enthralling.  Absolutely one of the better books I read this year.

Enjoy!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 12/27/2007 1:25 AM ET
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I liked it, but found Haven Kimmel's memoirs more enjoyable.

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 4:50 PM ET
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Have any of you read "Sickened" bu Julie Gregory?  Is also a true life story of a very dusfunctional family where the mother suffers from Munchausen by proxy.  And also a story about overcoming the odds.

 

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 10:28 PM ET
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I didn't really care for Sickened.  I was hoping it would have more depth than it did.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 12/28/2007 2:03 AM ET
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I liked Sickened, maybe a tad more than Glass Castle but not nearly as much as Zippy.  I tended to identify with Zippy though - I knew families just like hers.

The book I couldn't put down but which simply tore me apart was Jesus Land.  I'm still trying to get it out of my head.  I was disturbed for weeks.

Subject: "The Glass Castle"
Date Posted: 12/28/2007 11:58 AM ET
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I enjoyed the book.....but when I read a "memoir", I am reminded of James Frey's "memoir".............I am about the same age as Jeannette Walls can clearly remember a few highlights of my childhood but not near the detail that is in her book.............so, skeptic that I am.........I question her memory and read the book as a piece of fiction.  Would it win the National Book Award?  Not hardly......but it was interesting.  My life growing up in Houston in the '50s and 60s was pretty "Leave it to Beaver".............

Happy New Year to you and those you love.......let's hope somehow 2008 will bring a semblance of peace in the world.

DK

 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/29/2007 5:10 PM ET
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I enjoyed the Glass Castle (she was on Oprah once, by the way, mentioning her book)- and enjoyed Zippy also, but for different reasons.  I liked Glass because of how different she grew up from me, yet grew into a fairly normal person, while her parents are still the same.  In Zippy, she grew up more like me, not far from me, and the book was more hilarious that outrageous (like Glass).

Now Jesusland, I couldn't put down.  The author is only a few years older than me, and had we not moved to Chicago, I would have gone to high school with her...i actually took my childhood swim lessons in the pool she practiced for the swim team.  I LOVED that book.

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 10:57 PM ET
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I also thought it was a great book. The author was raised by a very dysfunctional family. It's an interesting memoir.

Date Posted: 1/5/2008 2:58 PM ET
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"so, skeptic that I am.........I question her memory..."

I agree with Darlene only because I live in Northern Nevada and I'm familiar with the Battle Mountain area.  First of all, desert tortoises do not live in the area--they live in Southern NV.  Also, she wrote about collecting gemstones as though they were easy to find (they're not).  Her "gemstones" were probably ordinary, colorful rocks which are plentiful in Nevada (I collect them all the time!).  I know that she was really young when she lived in the area so I can understand that her facts could easily be inaccurate. Overall, I thought it was a good book.



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Subject: Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 3:07 PM ET
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My daughter was reading this book around Christmas time which she borrowed from a sister-in-law. Not having been able to wait until she was done, I got it out of the library. It was totally riveting. Just a wonderful book which I finished in two days.  Not unusual for me in the past but something I've not been able to do in the last few years because my eyes get so tired. I struggled through because I just couldn't put it down.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 12:03 AM ET
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When I got to the part about her mother owning a multi million dollar piece of land - - - I felt cheated, somehow.  How did mom pay the taxes on the land?  After that, I wansn't so sure that it was a true story and then I felt like I was reading an article in the Enquirer. 

Anyone else feel like it was fake?

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I have it on my TBR list. I hope to get to it next.  Check out my bookshelf maybe you'll find something to read while you're waiting for your copy.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:58 AM ET
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Yes I read it! Father was an alcoholic but mother was SOOO mentally ill  herself!! It's a miracle those children survived their childhood. What a great book.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 3:37 PM ET
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I just started reading Glass Castle and Zippy is in my TBR pile.  I'm looking forward to both now! 

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:18 PM ET
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I read The Glass Castle and Sickened.  I really enjoyed the Glass Castle--made me truly appreciate my "normal" childhood!  Sickened was interesting too, but I agree that it was missing a lot of depth and large chunks of time.