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Subject: Glass Castle
Date Posted: 12/4/2007 6:49 PM ET
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Who else thinks this is one of the best books every written?  In the beginning I felt sorry for the family, but somehow at the end of the story the author managed to create a lot of love an affection for the family....it unspoken closeness and, yet, disfunctional behavior.  My daughter is not a reader and she is finding it an enjoyable and unbelievable read.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 3:48 PM ET
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I've not read it but after reading your post decided to check it out.  It sounds very interesting so I put it on my WL.  Thanks for the recommendation!

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 10:46 AM ET
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A great book, one of my favorites.  You know it's not fiction, yes?  It's a memoir...which made it all the more interesting to me.

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 3:47 PM ET
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I've been trying to get ahold of this book for awhile now.  I had asked for it for Christmas but didn't get it.  I've had it on my wish list for awhile and have tried so many times to get it from my local library but it's always checked out.  I'm probably going to just have to break down and go buy it.  I've never heard anything bad about this book.  I'm anxious to get my hands on it.


Date Posted: 1/29/2008 11:26 AM ET
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I read this book as part of a book discussion club.  It was an amazing memoir!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:28 PM ET
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I just finished it a few days ago, it was one of the best books I've read in a long time.  The wish list seemed to move pretty quickly for me, I think I got it within about a month, so hopefully it will keep moving along.  I'm sending my copy out this week!

Subject: wonderful
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 12:24 AM ET
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I thought this book was fantastic.  It was such an honest depiction of dysfunctional families.  She goes through so much and I agree that in the beginning you feel sorry for her.  By the end you get a sense that she will be just fine.  A person adapts to their environment and learn to find their 'normal'.

Subject: I would post my copy but...
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 12:25 AM ET
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I carried my copy everywhere with me...including the bathtub.  It is pretty worn so I didn't post it but I would love to expose this book to everyone.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 12:57 AM ET
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i have a damaged copy to give away with an order off of my shelf. it is a great book.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 10:45 PM ET
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i love it i was such in rut nothing i like reading then i read that and love i t.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 4:09 PM ET
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Ooh, I think I better read this next. I have it sitting on my bookshelf, won it on a swap.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 7:06 PM ET
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The Glass Castle was so amazing..I've passed it on to four people so far and they all loved it. It's the only book that I actually want to read again...

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 8:36 PM ET
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I hate to be the one person who hated the book but....I hated it. To each his own, I guess.

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 5:10 PM ET
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Amazing book.  One of my absolute favorites.

Subject: Glass Castle
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 1:55 AM ET
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I found this one of the most interesting books I have read but I didn't  feel any love from the parents' toward's their children. These parents were self absorbed and selfish who are an example that some people should not be allowed to have children.

The mother had a teaching degree but didn't work and let her children live in the most horrible conditions without food and clothing but she hide chocolate candy bars for herself.

In addition, the mother owned land that she refused to sell because "land" remained in the "family". When these intelligent children got away from this cruel - it does beyond dysfunction parents - they are so selfish they follow them to NYC and live on the streets. I found the book so distrupting that I was reluctant to recommend it although it was wondefully well written.



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Subject: Glass Castle
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 2:08 AM ET
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While this book is wonderfully written, I warned friends that it was not uplisting before they read it.

I don't find any love from these parents' for their children. The mother has a teaching degree but instead of working she lays around the house and lets her children go without food. She even hides chocolate candy bars for herself.

When it is revealed that she owned land but had refused to sell it because "land" remains in the family, that was it for me. Those children should have been given some social services condition and i don't understand how they could have been so ignored.

When these intelligent, hardworking young people get away from this cruel, it does beyond dysfunctional, parents and move to NYC, the parents have the nerve to follow them and live on the streets right under the noses of their children.

While I felt incredibly amazed at the author's honesty and her writing, I was sadden that any children in the U.S have to grow up in that environment

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 1:10 AM ET
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I really appreciated how well it was crafted - almost seamlessly. I liked the unsentimental view and the cohesive timeline. I found Jeannette's will and spark admirable, and thought it was well worth giving it a read.  

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 1:47 PM ET
Member Since: 7/21/2008
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After reading this thread, I added it to my WLthis morning.  I wished for ISBN 9780743247542, which only had 2 other people waiting for it and already got a notice that it was available.  So, you may want to check for other versions to wish for, and request them all.  And I'll make sure to repost it as soon as I finish!!

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 8:29 AM ET
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I loved this book.  Others memoirs that are similar are Change Me into Zeus's Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss and All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg. 

Last Edited on: 8/24/08 8:30 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/7/2008 1:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/4/2008
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I loved it.  It made me really grateful for my childhood.  It was full of so much pain, but also had a hopeful message.  I love that. 

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 5:33 PM ET
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I had the opportunity to hear Jeannette Walls, the author of The Glass Castle, speak last week.  She shared what she's learned about life as a result of writing the book and readers' reactions to it.  Her mother lives in a guest house on the property Jeannette and her husband own.

One of the most rewarding is the fact that many people who don't usually enjoy reading books (I can't imagine!) have read and enjoyed hers.

Brad Pitt's production company bought the movie right to the book and the film is currently in production.  She wouldn't answer any questions about the movie.

Her remarks were very similar to some presentations on YouTube - if you search for her videos, you can feel like you've heard her speak in person.  One of the videos shows her mom.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2009 3:31 PM ET
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it what got me into memoirs.

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 7:53 PM ET
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I've got about 10 more pages left in this book and I loved it. I felt so sorry for Jeannette. Certain things that her parents were trying to teach her were good but I think they did it in the wrong way. It made me realize that I didn't grow up in that bad of a household after all....lol

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 1:15 PM ET
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A friend loaned it to me to read... I recommended it to my book club.  Everyone loved it.  One of our favorite things is to discuss dysfunction - I think we all must be a little sick ourselves ;)   A great read.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 1:24 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2008
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I loved The Glass Castle. I don't usually like memoirs but this one was so off the wall that I couldnt help but like it.