The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls

  • Release Date: 2006-12-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 2,872 Ratings


Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.


  • good

    By meepersiemydog
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By KeiKeiJones
    Got the book at a resale shop not knowing it was a best seller. Read it and can completely understand even after all this time it is..
  • New Favorite!

    By Mirrandda
    I absolutely loved the reality of this book. At first reading, I thought how odd it was and then as I carried on there was something so special about the Walls family. Highly recommend to anyone who’s just looking for an adventure yet, heartfelt read.
  • A must read.

    By AdeOrtiz
    I finished this book in two days. Absolutely moving. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all my picky book readers.
  • Very good!

    By SoulTaker.981
    The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeanette Walls, a journalist in New York City. It reads a lot like fiction, but is about real events from her life. The pacing is good, and I never got bored reading it. She does a very good job of developing the characters of her family, especially her dad. Overall, I thought this was a very good book, but would recommend it for mature audiences only because of a few parts in the book that might be inappropriate for younger readers.
  • A wonderful story!

    By CaseyMarie11
    I truly loved this story and was in awe throughout the entire book at the events that took place. I was almost in disbelief that this could be a true story until the family came to Welch West Virginia, a town only two hours away. After I read the description and her story during her time there, I could imagine it all and it was very relatable to the area. I laughed, cried, and felt the anger she felt at times. It was a beautifully written memoir that takes you all over the US, feeling as though you are living it all with the author.
  • Brilliant.

    By HawaiiNatalie
    Painful and triumphant.
  • Loved it!

    By Hatetextme
    I’m not an avid reader, yet I couldn’t put this book down! Honestly recommend to anyone looking for a good read with a great adventure.
  • Absolutely Fantastic!

    By KJEM1963
    This is simply one of the best books that I have ever read. I couldn't put it down! Jeannette Walls is an amazingly strong woman with a riveting life story.
  • The Glass Castle

    By Jrol0000
    Loved it! This was a well written story of the life of Jeannette Walls and her adventurous upbringing. The Glass Castle carried me through this journey as I learned so much about this inspirational character! Jeannette is strong, determined, kind and genuine. She is courageous and level minded. These characteristics get her through the highs and lows! What an amazing ride! I would recommend this book to anyone!