The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls is a really well-written book about the author’s unbelievable childhood. Her parents were a couple of daredevils who didn’t believe in closing their front door at night because it blocks the air. They also taught their preschool children to use firearms. In their quest for excitement, the author’s parents dragged their children all over the country in a series of cars. The incredible stuff they did and got away with makes the book a gripping read.
Jeannette Walls can really write. You seldom see a book this well-written. Every word is well-placed. She plays her incredible upbringing for all it’s worth, doling out shocking, fascinating, or affecting moments in the most suspenseful way. She is aware of how badly she was neglected, but at the same time she sees the humanity in her parents and their larger than life spirits.
You’re not going to see a book this well written for years, neither will you encounter a life like this one. Read it!