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  • Refreshing

    An unforgettable story that will linger in my memory for many years to come especially the characters of Rex and Rosemary Walls whose originality cannot ever be creatively or imaginatively devised. Jeannette Walls' story flows with ease through the pages, that I did not realize the pages turning, and reading the book from my iPad makes this effect even seamless. Not only did the originality, unpredictability and sometimes shocking content of this story kept me reading but the brevity in language makes this a well written piece. A story of a childhood that you want to escape, parents that embarrass you, running away from your past, hope of a new future , making amends and finally learning acceptance. I absolutely recommend this to anyone who had children for parents and had to make it on their own. Thumbs up!!

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  • A memoir you will never forget

    It's hard to recommend this book enough. Words do not do it justice. I hope the film does ..... just read it.

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  • The glass castle

    Absorbing disturbing but very real about life and choices one makes.

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  • A Ripping Yarn

    Well written and colourful, the book tells the tale of an extraordinary nomadic family. The parents are creative and intelligent but make choices that leave their children outside the safety and security of most families and social structures. It’s a unique childhood but the fascination wanes for the children as their father’s alcoholism, and their mothers complete refusal to engage with working class values, impacts on their ability to gain any traction in life. A decision eventually to move away to New York created possibilities previously unknown. It’s a kaleidoscope of a story. Worth the read.

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