The Glass Castle
“Those shining stars, he liked to point out, were one of the special treats for people like us who lived out in the wilderness. Rich city folks, he'd say, lived in fancy apartments, but their air was so polluted they couldn't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to want to trade places with any of them.”
Jeannette Walls and her three siblings grew up in what you would call a bohemian/nomad kind of way. Their parents, Rex and Rose Mary Walls, were nonconformists and had a peculiar relationship with money and work. The mother was wealthy but refused to work or get a job. The father drank it all away. The children had to fend for themselves and, after many struggles, managed to do something with their lives. This is their story...
Funny, witty, compassionate, discomforting, intriguing, empowering. Would I recommend it? Yes! It makes you wonder what would happen to you if you weren't born into a "normal" and safe environment. What if your parents got huge chocolate bars for themselves and you were left hungry for days? Or if you got fondled in your sleep by strangers who got into your house because your parents left the windows and doors unlocked by way of principle?
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