The frantic reading is done. I finished the book group's pick of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle with a few days to spare. Now I can relax and go back to Forever by Pete Hamill and Little Face by Sophie Hannah.
In my opinion, The Glass Castle was a unique memoir. I know it has been out for several years and probably I am one of the few who hadn't already read it. It certainly garnered fantastic reviews and awards. It was even the whole college read for Bowling Green State University (Ohio) a couple years ago.
I was both fascinated and appalled by Jeannette's unvarnished telling of her life. I have known a few dysfunctional families, but none quite like hers. That her family continued to love one another and accepted each other's foibles was truly amazing. That she and her siblings have turned out so well is even more amazing. Their resilence in the face of all the insanity (my words, not hers) should give anyone hope that he could make a life for himself and that any hardship can be overcome.
Whether I would have read this book if it hadn't been a book chosen by my book group, I can't say. Memoirs, especially this raw, are generally not my choice of reading material, but it definitely was a change of pace for me. That is one of the reasons I joined this book group: to get outside my comfort zone of reading. It has worked in this regard. I do read more varied books now and am more willing to try new authors and genres.
Reading this book makes me glad I had a mundane childhood in comparison to hers. It also makes me even more grateful to my parents for the upbringing they gave my sisters and me.
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