Librarians Recommend: The Glass Castle

Debbie Recommends The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

What was your favorite part?

When the reader comes to grips with the severity of the poverty that these children live in. When the kids find an abandoned house that’s filled with canned goods they are so excited because they think they’ll get food. They open them all and find they’ve all gone bad and they’re so disappointed. They learn how to forage things like crab apples, black berries, and pawpaws. The poverty they grew up in was just astounding.

Who was your favorite character?

The narrator was my favorite character because she found a way to move beyond what her childhood was and had an incredible amount of fortitude and strength to overcome

Who would you recommend this book to?

Nonfiction readers who like to know about other peoples’ lives and anyone who wants to read it before you see the movie.

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