An intriguing father who captures his children's imaginations, shares his knowledge of geology and physics and drinks to the point of dysfunction. A mother who loathes the idea of raising a family and is dedicated to remaining a free spirit, while believing that this is the only life for her. The children who protect, feed and clothe themselves face daily challenges that some may never know. The Glass Castle is an undeniably memorable experience. Rooted in love, loyalty and honesty, Jeannette Wall's gripping story not only pulls at the heartstrings, it is a must read for those who love their family, despite their irrational and dysfunctional qualities. Throughout this page turning memoir, Jeanette Walls' ability to provoke a variety of unforgettable emotions through imagery, childlike perspectives and award winning storytelling serves as a confirmation that accepting the differences between you and your family can serve as a tool to better understand ourselves and the world around us. Afterall, what is normal?