The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls

  • Release Date: 2006-12-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 2,238 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.


  • 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!
  • Interesting Read

    By jd4real
    Great story about the author’s life journey with an unconventional family. It is her journey and written in her style. I totally get the appeal of this book as at times it is heart warming and at others you feel infuriated. There was a lack of emotion connected with most of the book which I found difficult. As a side note I’m so devastated that Child Welfare had not followed up on this family. These poor kids needed beds and baths. These kids were neglected by all....a vast travesty.
  • Pretty good book

    By ECR5047
    Very eye opening and genuine read.
  • Amazing book

    By Meaganleigh001
    Couldn't put the book down!!!
  • Unforgettable true story

    By tigertrace
    I never read nonfiction but I'm so glad someone recommended this to me. Unbelievable life story. Admire this brave woman! READ THIS BOOK
  • The Glass Castle

    By DAVE L 8510 MID VIL
    Couldn't put it down, a page turner that kept me awake at night. Beautifully written and heart rendering. An interesting family is an understatement.
  • Hooked!

    By Terikosan
    This book drew me in from the first page! I grew up in the West Virginia area and the entire story was fascinating and so well written. I plan on reading anything from Ms. Walls.