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The Glass Castle

Reviewing: Scribner Nonfiction Memoir  |  Rating:
By mizdiz on
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This was a real page turner. It only took me 3 days to read this, which is quite an accomplishment when you have kids running around. This is a memoir by Jeannette Walls, a former MSNBC.COM contributor. Jeannette is on her way to a New York party when she sees her mother in a dumpster. She is afraid people will know this is her mother and know that this is what she came from. In the book she reveals how she grew up in a very poor family and had to find food in the trash at school.

I was interested in seeing how she changed her life and became a writer. She tells a very good story. I did feel that some of her memories were off a little. For instance - she has extremely detailed memories from when she was only three. Perhaps she just had the age wrong. I don't know anyone who can remember such details and feelings at age three. Maybe her mother helped her along and got the age wrong - her mom has a problem with time (she believes she was pregnant for 14 months), so that is a possibility.

I wish Jeannette had given more detail on her sister Maureen. She revealed very little about Maureen and it made me wonder at the end exactly what became of her. I also wish Jeannette had given more details about her adult life. She gave so much detail of her younger life, but you never find out exactly how she got to work for MSNBC. She reveals moving to NYC and her first job with a newspaper and then mentions she got a job with a top magazine, but never mentioned what the magazine was or how she moved up the ranks.