Monday, July 20, 2009

The Glass Castle

I recently read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Her direct writing style painted not only physical pictures, but emotional pictures as well. I was overcome by her story. She is one of THE most amazing people I've ever heard or read about. This is her first line:

"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."

I haven't read a more intelligent, educational, stirring, and eye-opening book in a very long time, if ever. It has definitely moved into my list of favorites.

In an interview she said, "The shame is not in falling, the shame is in staying down." This completely sums up not only what I've seen of her, but her story.

If you are interested, you can see part of a speech she gave at a conference.

Her story is extraordinary and so is she.


  1. Yay! Shari posted. I miss Shari. Has it really been seven weeks since I've spoken to Shari? I will read the book. It sounds great. I could use a good read.

    Love- K

  2. Oooo, I want to read it too! Awesome firt sentence!

  3. It was such a moving book. SO amazing.

  4. I've seen this book at B&N, and I would like to read it!

    Hope you are having a good summer, Shari.

  5. I loved this book. I picked it for book club and we had quite a discussion about it. It was so great.


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