Sunday, October 7, 2012

What have you been reading?

     I just finished a wonderful memoir by Jeannette Walls called The Glass Castle. The book spent over a year on the New York Times Bestseller List and after reading it (in less than three days), I am not surprised. Written in chronological order starting at the age of three, Walls takes you through her personal journey of resilience by recounting events of significance.
     Growing up in a deeply troubled and dysfunctional home, Walls and two of her three siblings are able to break free from her parents. Walls creates an amazing life on her own yet still feels tied to her parents, especially her father who affectionately refers to her as "Mountain Goat." Despite the parenting, or lack thereof, all of the children suffered through, they shared a loyalty to each other that served as a catalyst for change. The Walls children knew they could count on their parents for nothing, but they could always trust in each other.
     While the story is troubling at times with vignettes of neglect and emotional abuse, its message of personal strength and redemption is beautiful in itself. I would highly recommend it!

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