The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
A memoir of resilience and redemption, The Glass Castle dives into a vibrant and dysfunctional family. Jeannette’s father can be brilliant and charismatic, and can capture the imagination of his children by teaching them geology, physics, and living fearlessly—when he is sober. When he drinks, he is dishonest and destructive. Her free-spirited mother loathed the idea of domestic life and did not desire the responsibility of raising a family.
Therefore, the Walls children take care of themselves. After feeding, clothing, and protecting one another, they find their way to New York. Followed by their parents, who elect to be homeless, the Walls children find prosperity.
The Glass Castle contains themes of alcoholism, neglect, and dysfunctional family dynamics.
Lexile Measure: 1010L
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©2005. High school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover, 288 pages.