Jeannette Walls - The Glass Castle

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  • The Glass Castle - A big, heaping load of memoir

    Jan 7, 2008 by millinocket is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast paced, choice anecdotes, will draw you in
    Cons: causes me doubts about childhood recollections, I don't like the narrator

    Summary: If I were to ever write the story of my childhood, it would go something like this, “I went to school, came home, watched “Gilligan’s Island” re-runs, ate dinner and went to bed.” It would say this until I had filled approximately ... read more

  • Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle: Banned Memoir Is Spellbinding Oral History~

    Sep 3, 2013 by jankp is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: very entertaining; sympathetic characters; intriguing first person narrative
    Cons: can get frustrating in middle

    Summary:  Storytelling, you may know, developed with civilization as native peoples shared narratives around the campfire to amuse and build up interest in loved ones. You may consider them oral histories, stories that were passed on by families or peoples ... read more

  • An Amazing Memoir!

    Mar 10, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The best memoir I've read. It was interesting and well told.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: The glass Castle was an amazing memoir. I've read a lot of criticisms about this book, and I would have to disagree with all of them. This is a very believable story. For someone to say it can't be truth, they must think life is a bowl of cherries. There ... read more

  • Beware of castles made of glass

    Jan 7, 2010 by trailhound is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Riveting story.  Easy to read.  Has some positive moments.
    Cons: Will make you angry at times. A few stories seemed far-fetched.

    Summary: The rat had climbed out of the sugar bowl and leaped up onto the stove. We could see his teeth marks on the pile of potatoes, our dinner, on a plate on the stove. Brian threw the cast-iron skillet at the rat. It hit him and clanged on the floor, but ... read more

  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls- A Masterpiece

    May 15, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I highly recommend this book.
    Cons: None

    Summary: I just finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and I have to say, I am overwrought with emotion and absolutely floored by the book.  The Glass Castle is Walls' memoir, and she shares her life story, which is ... read more

  • The Glass Castle; a Fascinating Memoir

    Apr 23, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This incredible memoir is filled with specific detail, realistic events, and interesting story lines.
    Cons: You won't be able to out this vivid memior down till your done reading!

    Summary: The Glass Castle; a Fascinating Memoir            The Glass Castle is wonderfully written memoir by author Jeannette Walls.  Jeannette has vividly recollected her memories ... read more

  • Jeannette Walls and her siblings learn in the school of hard knocks

    Jul 24, 2008 by knotheadusc is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very well written and entertaining. Witty and occasionally funny.
    Cons: Seems a little far fetched.

    Summary: I love a good memoir, especially when it involves dysfunctional families. On a recent Amazon.com shopping spree, I came across Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle, her 2005 memoir about her dysfunctional family. I had not heard of this book ... read more

  • A great fast read

    Apr 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: An entertaining fast read.Not to be missed!
    Cons: Can be sad at times.

    Summary: This memoir opens with,"I WAS SITTING IN a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster." WHAT AN OPENING! If that does not get your attention nothing will. The Glass Castle ... read more

  • Did she ever find her castle?

    Feb 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A captivating book that brings you into the mind of a young child.
    Cons: Some of the details are a little confusing, but not too bad.

    Summary: I felt really pulled in by this book. While reading it, I compared many of the details that she shared to things in my own life that I remembered from childhood. No matter what your situation, I think that Walls wrote this book in a way that captivates ... read more

  • Riveting story? YES! Exaggerations galore? PROBABLY

    Sep 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written and, thankfully, only 288 pages long.
    Cons: Despite being unendingly sad, it's written so well - I HAD to finish it!

    Summary: Jeanette Walls - The Glass Castle: A Memoir is riveting and painfully depressing..but you can't put it down despite page after page of abject sadness. Reading it is sort of like the compulsion to bite down on an aching tooth - you know it will ... read more

  • 'Unique' is really the best word to describe The Glass Castle

    Apr 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-told story of her childhood.
    Cons: Might make you uncomfortable.

    Summary: I read a popular book before Stephen Colbert had the author on his show! I was digging through the bestseller lists and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls sounded like one of the more interesting books. Since I have recently rediscovered the ... read more

  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir - In the Shadow of James Frey...

    Feb 5, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: riveting story
    Cons: unemotional and hard to believe

    Summary: Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle: A Memoir is a book rife with the experiences of a woman who grew up with two parents who were, from this layperson's view, certainly mentally ill. In the tradition of Frank McCourt, Walls shares her tale of ... read more

  • Frank McCourt, be thankful for your parents; you could have been born into this family

    Sep 9, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-told, unemotional account of a horrific childhood
    Cons: No way to verify anything

    Summary: Remember Frank McCourt’s book, Angela’s Ashes? It came out about ten years ago and raised a shiver of horror among readers who obsessively turned the pages of this incredible story of a childhood that defines the term “neglect.” I was among those, and ... read more

  • Get a job? No, he's busy building castles in the air.

    Aug 8, 2006 by njchicaa is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: interesting storyline, easy to read
    Cons: I sometimes wondered how much of this story was fiction.

    Summary: I received this book several months ago as part of a present. For some reason the back cover information just didn't generate any interest to make me start reading. The Glass Castle sat in a basket collecting dust for a long time... and then I ... read more

  • An unbalanced rendering

    May 4, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's a page-turner, and it's sensational, if you like that sort of thing.
    Cons: Too much of the story is sacrificed in the interests of achieving the desired effect.

    Summary: Several fine reviews of this very interesting memoir have already been posted. However, I may have a different take on it. One reviewer dares us to put the book down. Actually, the majority of the people in a group that read it with me recently did ... read more

  • DEEPLY MOVING CAPTIVATING PAGE TURNER WONDERFUL STORY OF SUCCESS

    Apr 7, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Emotional. easy reading (not complex sentences or anything)
    Cons: You might lose some sleep because you just can't put it down!

    Summary: This memoir is deeply moving. It is the story of a Jeannette Walls, woman who overcame a life of poverty and lack of parental support to become a very successful adult. About the Author: She is now a reporter for MSNBC and looking at her you would ... read more

  • The Glass Castle--A Shattering Look at Jeannette Walls' Life

    Nov 28, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An engaging life story that is incredibly amazing.
    Cons: Lack of emotion leaves the reader disconnected with the author.

    Summary: Imagine opening up your lunch at school to find lard slapped between two pieces of bread. Imagine your brother sleeping under an inflatable raft in a house that constantly leaked when it rained. Imagine four children, the youngest just a few months ... read more

  • On Lard Sandwiches and Licensing Parents

    Sep 22, 2005 by scmrak is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: a straightforward memoir that refuses to become maudlin
    Cons: none

    Summary: Here's a sad observation: if prospective parents had to pass a qualifying test to have children, as they now must do before getting a driver's license, there'd be a lot more childless people among us. In one specific case I can think of, the book The ... read more

  • Inspiring memoir

    Jul 6, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: inspiring story, full of hope
    Cons: Needed more photos

    Summary: Some of you may be familiar with the name Jeannette Walls. She is the gossip columnist for msnbc.com who delivers the scoop on celebrities Mondays through Thursdays. Ms. Walls has written a very inspiring personal memoir. She tells a story of ... read more

  • I Dare You To Try And Put This Book Down

    Jun 27, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic writing and an absolutely heart-wrenching, true coming-of-age story.
    Cons: Nothing.

    Summary: Jeannette Walls sees a homeless lady rooting through a dumpster in New York City and is horrified to realize that it's her mother. And so begins Walls' memoir, The Glass Castle --- a look back on a childhood and life that she used to be ashamed ... read more

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