The Glass Castle: A Memoir Paperback – January 17, 2006

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Looking for emotionally deep/heavy fiction (Romance, mystery,) [R]

1 month, 3 weeks agosmk3509 posted submission on booksuggestions.
Oct. 8, 2019

I am having trouble finding really good writing/character development/.....Everything seems to get really shallow and cliche. Like the writer is just playing out what they've seen on every drama show and not actually making you FEEL it.

Books I like

Sea of Tranquility - Character depth, development, both are quite unique in personality and relationship, true internal struggle. I found this unconventional romance very refreshing and a little more believable

The Girl in 6E - Really enjoyed this until the end. Felt rushed and predictable I really enjoyed the varying internal struggle and how she went from a confident in control persons behind a locked door to an anxious nervous and fearful wreck outside. The story seemed interesting with all the character and relationship building and even the smut scenes had a purpose and underlying addition other then just "being there"

It can be romance, mystery, sexual, violent....I'm ok with dark or even light emotional theme but I crave something with true depth that you can really invest in...Not the typical melodramatic shallowness that I can't escape from my young adult teen angst days lol...I hope this makes sense to someone!

1 month, 3 weeks agosmk3509 posted comment on booksuggestions.
Oct. 11, 2019

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.

Non-fiction books? [R]

3 months, 1 week agoBrontesrule posted submission on suggestmeabook.
Aug. 24, 2019

I am looking to read a great non-fiction book. Which non-fictions have left an impression on you?

3 months, 1 week agoBrontesrule posted comment on suggestmeabook.
Aug. 24, 2019

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

I very rarely read Non-fiction, but this book was riveting.

[Giveaway] Used Kindle Fire 7" (2015 edition?) [R]

2 years, 4 months agoLucyGoosey5 posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
July 17, 2017

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: /u/Shortelle! Please PM me your address and I will get this out to you hopefully by the end of the week.

This is a giveaway for a USED Kindle Fire.

It's in excellent shape, but you're NOT getting a new in box model. I'm pretty sure it's the 2015 model. Bought it right before they came out with all the pretty colors last year.

I am including the charging cable and a Nook sleeve that fits it.

OK. Now that we have that out of the way. The "rules" of this giveaway:

1) Confirm to me that you understand this is used not new (seriously, I've made this clear before and then had people bitch that they thought they were getting new - so not trying to be a jerk just don't want bitching.

2) Tell me about your all time favorite book - include a link if you can so I can look it up. I love discovering new books.

3) Use the raffle phrase "Cowabunga!".

4) Do something nice for someone this week. Note, I obviously have no way to confirm whether or not you did this and you don't even have to tell me you did, I'm just asking you to.

5) All entries MUST be submitted by..... we will say 11:59pm Central Standard Time this coming Saturday.

EDIT: Crap, this probably goes without saying but I forgot to mention you will of course have to be OK with giving me your postal address. :-)

Carry on.

2 years, 4 months agoLucyGoosey5 posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
July 18, 2017

I understand it's used :) this is such a great giveaway!! My favorite book that comes to mind is probably The Glass Castle which is one I randomly picked up in one of those bookshops that is overflowing with books. I also found out this week that it's possibly being made into a movie?! And I'm not sure how I feel about that.

I like to think I do at least one kind thing a day :) Cowabunga!

RBN Showerthoughts: Positive 'Side Effects' of Being RBN? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoFourNominalCents posted submission on raisedbynarcissists.
May 9, 2016

Here's a thought that ran through my head when I was in the shower. Growing up I always had to hide stuff from my mom. It started the day she read my private diary. Over time I started hiding more stuff like birth control pills, medication, etc. Even when I moved out on my own, I still hid stuff out habit.

Fast forward, I'm living on my own and my place was burglarized. And guess what? The burglars were out of luck because I had hidden all my valuables pretty well! Like the jewelry I had inherited from my grandma. I had hidden it so well I had even forgotten where I put it! (I've taken no more chances and have since opened a bank box.)

I never really thought there was anything really 'positive' about being RBN . . . but being good at hiding stuff turned out to be a plus ;-)

How about you guys/gals?

Ninja edit: Thanks for sharing all the positivity and for the great inspirations! Keep 'em coming!

3 years, 6 months agoFourNominalCents posted on raisedbynarcissists.
May 9, 2016

There's a personal memoir that's pretty much all about this.

Mynthe will be happy because this is my re-[intro]. [R]

3 years, 10 months agoJan. 20, 2016


3 years, 10 months agolaterdayze posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Jan. 20, 2016

That one is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. It's about her and her family. She grew up in poverty, although I think those in poverty live better than what she and her brothers and sisters went through. WOW, I'll tell you It's a crazy story. The glass castle comes from something her father would say to her. I don't want to go into it too much in case you decide to read it. Here is the link on Amazon.

What books changed you or your life somehow and why? Let's recommend us some good books :) [R]

3 years, 10 months agoJan. 16, 2016


3 years, 10 months agoTealbark37 posted on CasualConversation.
Jan. 16, 2016

The Glass Castle, by Jennette Walls was the last book I remember enjoying before school killed my love for reading. (They made us annotate purely Charles Dickens, making us ignore plot, but rather focus on rhetorical devices; and even then I wasn't too fond of his tales). As of now, my English AP class is having us read Narrative of the Life of a Slave by Frederick Douglass. This is the first book we are reading in-class this school year, but this is the first time I get to read without annotating and can actually enjoy the book!!

I saw my father begging on the street yesterday [R]

4 years agowisegal99 posted submission on raisedbynarcissists.
Nov. 8, 2015

I don't know if this is the right place to post this. I cannot say whether my father is a narcissist. I just feel like this is a place where people would understand how a child could cut a parent out of their lives because of what a terrible, toxic human being they are. I feel like people don't get that. They can understand when its a physical thing. They can understand things like physical abuse,alcoholism or drug addiction. It would be nice to just be able to say that my father was a drug addict and people understand. They don't get how damaging, how destructive it can be to have someone be part of your life that cares only about themselves and will use,manipulate and emotionally abuse you for their own personal gain.

I don't even know where to start but i will try to summarize as best I can. My mother died when I was 6 and my father and I moved in with my grandparents on his side. My father never cared for responsibility so this suited him well. When he received his monthly salary, he wouldn't even come home. He would disappear for a few days, lie in a hotel somewhere and spend everything on alcohol, hookers and maybe drugs and come home when it was all spent. So my grandparents, on a very small pension had to raise me, support him, pay the bills, put food on the table, shoulder all the financial responsibility, while he did whatever he wanted. The thing that you have to understand is that my father didn't have an addiction to anything specific that could explain his actions. Its more like he had no self control. Everything he did, he did to the extreme. He couldn't go to the casino and spend a certain amount of money. He wouldn't stop until he gambled out his whole salary. He couldn't go out to a bar and have a few drinks and go home. He would have to get so wasted that he couldn't stand.

It carried on like this for years. He would do this not caring whether there would be money for food, whether I needed new school shoes, clothes or stationary. He did not care that his parents had to borrow money from friends and family. That they had to humiliate themselves to make sure that we didn't have to go hungry. It was all they could do to put food on the table. We were poor because of him. Our electricity got cut off and our water because my grandparents couldn't pay the bills.

As if this wasn't enough, he also expected my grandparents to give him money whenever he asked for it and if they didn't all hell would break loose. He would verbally abuse and intimidate them. The abuse even got physical at times, especially if he was drunk. If the food he had to eat was not to his taste, he would complain and tell them what terrible parents they were because they could not even provide for him properly. See the Hypocrisy? He would steal money from them, sell things in the house to get money for alcohol or prostitutes. He ruined their lives. I'm not angry at him for what he did to me, but I will always hate him for what he did to them.

I started working as a waitress when I was 15 to be able to afford the things I needed and to help my grandparents out. Eventually my grandparents passed away and all the responsibility fell on me, at 18 years old.

I'm going to cut to the end here because there is just too much to tell and too much that actually led up to my decision to cut my father out of my life. I just couldn't do it anymore. He pushed me to my breaking point, using me for everything he could get from me. He only cared about me as far as I was of use to him. Every time he came to visit, he wanted something. Every phone call had an agenda. The final straw for me came when his work phoned me looking for him because he had stolen money and disappeared. He was arrested a few days later. He worked as a security guard. He would never find work in that field again. He was a criminal now and I was not going to pick up the pieces of this mess.

I knew he would eventually end up like this. You cannot sustain that kind of wasteful lifestyle and not end up on the street. So anyway, yesterday I went to my local shopping center that is just a couple of hundred meters from my apartment and there he was, at the streetlight begging for money. It really shook me seeing that. It was easy enough pretending he didn't exist when I never had to see him. I don't know how I am going to deal with this. For now, I will just avoid that shopping center at all costs.

Thing is, I have the means to assist him. I have a good job and a place to stay but I won't do it. I will not invite the shit that he will bring with him into my life. I won't have people knocking on my door searching for him and looking for their money. I won't be stolen from, lied to and used. I won't let him live here so he can fuck hookers in my house while I'm at work. Yeah, he has done that.

I also have to confess that I am afraid people will associate me with him. Aside from it being embarrassing, I know that people who don't know his history, will judge me for not helping him. I know its pathetic and I know I shouldn't care but there it is.

EDIT: A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post and comment. Much of what you have said, I already knew but it was good for me to hear this from others. To be reassured that I am doing the right thing. It has also helped immensely to hear your stories and to be able to relate. To know that I am not alone in this. I will be okay and I will stay strong. I just needed to unload a little and I knew that on reddit and especially this sub, there would be people who would really understand. I have a husband and friends that I can and have talked to but I don't feel that they can really ever get it. They have not been where I've been. They have not felt the things I have. They could never understand the guilt and shame. I barely do. Anyway. Thank you all so so much. There are good people in this world :)

4 years agowisegal99 posted on raisedbynarcissists.
Nov. 8, 2015

Read "The Glass Castle" By Janette Wells, it is amazing and in the story, she sees her Mom digging in the trash. She talks about how you can't help people who can't help themselves. Even though you said he didn't abuse you in a physical sense, he was an abuser. You are smart enough to know that. Don't feel bad for the path he has chosen to follow.

Books about abuse/dysfunctional families also Mystery novels [R]

4 years, 2 months agodoofus62 posted submission on suggestmeabook.
Sept. 23, 2015

My sister is not an avid reader but is looking to try and read more. She is looking for either fiction or non-fiction mystery novels and also fiction or non-fiction novels that deal with abuse (any kind), dysfunctional families, characters suffering from illnesses (both physical/mental) and really any other topics along this line. She is a child and youth worker and is mainly looking for books that deal in the same topics as some of the families/kids that she works with day-to-day.

4 years, 2 months agodoofus62 posted on suggestmeabook.
Sept. 23, 2015

Glass Castle is about a dysfunctional family.

I've got a friend who complains about the unfairness of it all... [R]

4 years, 5 months agoWaffleFoxes posted submission on AdviceAnimals.
June 26, 2015
4 years, 5 months agoWaffleFoxes posted on AdviceAnimals.
June 26, 2015

This sounds like something straight out of The Glass Castle. It's terrible what people do to kids.

Searching for a book about growing up with an alcoholic / manipulative parent [R]

4 years, 11 months agomilky_donut posted submission on booksuggestions.
Jan. 7, 2015

I've been a constantly worried person for as long as I can remember, later in life with periods of severe anxiety. I'm curious about some less nice sides about myself and how much impact my now late alcoholic mother actually had on me.

4 years, 11 months agomilky_donut posted on booksuggestions.
Jan. 7, 2015

The Glass Castle is a great read

I grew up in absolute, unbelievable poverty, living in one of the most dangerous cities in America in the 90's. I endured a lot and saw a lot of crazy shit. AMA. [R]

5 years agosayhey36 posted submission on casualiama.
Nov. 10, 2014

I realize the title of this thread my sound like I'm attempting to garner attention by speaking in superlatives. I don't mean to sound that way. Ever seen The Wire? Remember the shitty apartment complex where Bodie and them sat on that sofa betwixt the project buildings and served fiends? Yeah, my neighborhood looked like that. I qualify it as "one of the most dangerous cities" because we jumped between #1 and #2 in murder rates, and poverty was rampant. It was a penurious shithole and the stats support that. Taking this AMA a bit further. I'm a white dude, and I was pretty much the only one. That added a completely different level of experience in terms of how I relate to white people, impoverished populations (and how inaccurately they're portrayed), police corruption, and racism. So yeah, go at it.

Edit: Okay I'm on the opposite side of the clock than many of you, and I'm slow with a lot of these replies (they're also kind of huge replies). I'll try to knock out some of your questions over the course of my work day today. Thank you all for your interest. Didn't expect this to get so much attention.

5 years agosayhey36 posted on casualiama.
Nov. 11, 2014

Have you ever read the book Glass Castle? You might relate in some (but not all) ways.

This reminds me why I chose to be cf [R]

5 years, 4 months agopannonica posted submission on childfree.
July 25, 2014

As you may have seen on the front page the what made you realize you were poor as a kid post. This post gets to me because I grew up impoverished as I read the replies anger rose in me at the parents who obviously did not plan for children. To suffer through hunger, freeze in the winter, live in a storage space/car no child should have to go through any of those responses. It angered me as a child even so much as an adult I still feel it, I just had to vent I would be down voted over there for pointing it out. I understand a parent losing a job, death, but many just seem like people who never got their stuff together and popped out kids. Yet they are considered saints to their children when the situation should have never gotten that far to begin with/end rant.

5 years, 4 months agopannonica posted on childfree.
July 25, 2014

Have you ever read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls?

It is equally amazing, engrossing, and super hard to read.

Weekly Suggestion Thread #7 - Poverty [R]

5 years, 6 months agoashleeeyyy88 posted submission on booksuggestions.
May 19, 2014

Suggestion Thread #7 - Poverty - 5/19/14

Happy Monday fellow readers! It’s time for the weekly suggestion thread. This week's theme will be Poverty. Let us know a great book (fiction or non-fiction) that addresses this theme and why you think we should read it. In each post, we ask for a few key things:

  • Title: Obvious, right? We need to know what book this is.
  • Author: Did you know there are two books called Cloud Atlas? Listing the author helps avoid confusion.
  • Description: It’s just like the back of the book. Draw us in without divulging too much. This would be where you lay out why we should read this as well. You say this book is awesome? Tell us what makes it awesome.
  • Link for Purchase: You’ve got us hooked; this book sounds amazing! Now where do we buy it? Amazon link is the obvious choice, but if the publisher sells it through their site, you can link us there too.

The idea behind these threads is to get some variety in the suggestions that are usually found on reddit. If you’ve seen someone recommend Slaughterhouse-Five, there’s a pretty good chance we’ve all seen that recommended as well. Embrace your inner hipster and tell us about the books we haven’t heard of! Before posting, scan through the thread and see if your book has already been posted. Instead of having three different threads on why The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is so great, let's have comprehensive thread.

5 years, 6 months agoashleeeyyy88 posted on booksuggestions.
May 20, 2014

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It's been around for a few years so some may have already read it, but if not I'd recommend it. It's a quite compelling memoir of a dysfunctional family of 6 living in poverty and moving around like vagrants. It's sometimes difficult to read about the sometimes deplorable conditions that the 4 children were subject to by parents who loved them, but couldn't provide.

Amazon Link

As someone who grew up with an abusive Mom, this is my reaction to Mother Gothel when watching Tangled [R]

5 years, 7 months agoApril 28, 2014
5 years, 7 months agoTilane posted on TrollXChromosomes.
April 28, 2014

It's more that it made me uncomfortable because I knew how people who never suffered from similar abuse would take it.

Similarly, The Glass Castle was... not received well. I had to read it in college. In a class where no one would know abuse if it slapped them in the face. Needless to say, when I explained my situation to the teacher, she gave me the option to sit out discussions.

[Intro] There's more than corn in Indiana [R]

6 years, 2 months agoBlue_trombones posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Sept. 20, 2013

There's soy beans. Corn and Soy beans.

Hey, Ive been bumming around Reddit for about a month now, and finally decided to get involved with RAOA.

A little bit about me: I'm a 21 year old college kid studying Instrumental and General Music Education. I love music; both listening and playing it. When I'm not in school or doing stuff for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, I'm probably gaming or just chillin' out.

So AMA, I guess.

6 years, 2 months agoBlue_trombones posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Sept. 20, 2013

Last Book? I'm embarrassed to say that the last book I read was for a freshman english class. It was good though, a nonfiction book called The Glass Castle. It was a lovely story about a girl and her extremely ( and I cannot express this enough) crazy and dysfunctional family.

I feel bad for it, but I view my brother's death as the most positive influence on my life. [R]

6 years, 3 months agoSept. 3, 2013


6 years, 3 months agoJimDixon posted on atheism.
Sept. 3, 2013

I'll bet you could write a book-length memoir that would be worth reading. To see an example of how it can be done:

I'll always regret it, more than 10 years ago. [R]

6 years, 6 months agovodkey77 posted submission on ConfessionBear.
May 27, 2013
6 years, 5 months agovodkey77 posted on ConfessionBear.
June 14, 2013

I'll have to check out this was close to 20 years ago that this happened. was it this book? i fail at links...