Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Glass Castle

Happy 2013 all!  I once again have set a goal to read 24 books (or more) this year and started it off with The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

The Glass Castle is a memoir about Jeannette Walls childhood.  She grows up with her non-conformist parents and three siblings in various locations in the U.S.  It focuses mainly on her younger years (0-17) but also shows us a bit of her young adulthood as well.

I came across this book last year and thought it sounded interesting (we all know I love a good memoir) but when my sister-in-law said it was on her to-read list as well, I went ahead and took the plunge.  It is a wonderful memoir that shows how people can overcome an unpleasant childhood.  From her artistic mother to her drunken father, Walls had plenty that could have held her back but she manages to get out and tell us the story of a past that help make her who she is today.

I highly recommend reading this memoir.  It's an interesting study of characters, priorities and how life choices not only effect you but those around you.