Have you heard about this book? It’s not new… nearly three years on the New York Tmes Bestseller list…a New York Times Notable Book… winner of multiple awards…the “Number One Book Sense Reading Group Pick”. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls (published by Scribner) is a definite winner. But somehow I’ve missed the buzz because up to a few weeks ago I’d never heard of it… something is wrong here folks!! I am losing my grip. Anyway, this book is a memoir that elevates the phrase “disfunctional family” to an entirely new level. It is so shocking and so full of extraordinary moments that I just couldn’t put it down. And I couldn’t stop laughing… something that might shock some of you because usually disfunctional relates to abuse and neglect and alcohol and, yes it’s all there, but somehow when Walls relates events, they are so unbelievable that you just have to laugh… like living in an old railway depot and not having any furniture but her mother deciding that they really need a piano, and how getting it into the house doesn’t exactly work as planned. Bizarre, strange, shocking, unbelievable, and sad are all words I’d use to describe this book. Guaranteed it will captivate you and you won’t be able to put it down. I discovered others found it just as funny as I did so be prepared to laugh inspite of all the hardship Walls and her siblings endured. And it’s fantastic material for any book club.
Walls’ second book, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, is now on the shelf at your local bookstore. It tells the story of her grandmother Lily who we meet in the first book. If it’s anything like her first book, it will be captivating. I haven’t read it yet, but certainly intend to.