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The Glass Castle is a story of a unique childhood and overcoming obstacles.
The Glass Castle

Book: The Glass Castle

Author: Jeanette Winters

Category: Survival

Recommended by: Paula Benson, Okotoks Public Library circulation and technical services supervisor

The first book by the author of the new novel The Silver Star, 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.

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