Critics have called Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, “spectacular,” “extraordinary,” “incredible,” and “riveting.” A New York Times best-seller for more than six years, has sold 4.5 million copies in the United States alone, been translated into 22 languages. It was named one of the “Top 10 Books of the Decade” by Amazon, and has won numerous awards including the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the Books for Better Living Award. In 2012, Lionsgate purchased the rights to The Glass Castle and will be releasing the movie starring Jennifer Lawrence.
In The Glass Castle, Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and the brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them, and teach them to face their fears. Despite all her hardships, Walls develops the determination to leave West Virginia on her own at the age of sixteen, move to New York City, enroll in Barnard College and eventually become a well-known columnist for New York magazine and MSNBC.com and a television personality.
This inspirational book has been taught at universities in courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development, and poverty. Walls has spoken at colleges, corporations, and business associations about overcoming hardship and the keys to turning adversity to your advantage.
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