7.15.2010

Just Read...

When I read all the great reviews all over the blogosphere I just knew I had to read this book. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls  is a beautiful, heartbreaking, funny (but in a sad way) book and I loved it from the first page to the last! A perfect summer read which also opens up our eyes and make us reconsider how lucky we are! HIGHLY recommended by me. :)

"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."


I'm starting to run out of good summer reads. Any good recommendations?

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17 comments:

jemina said...

I think I NEED that book, thanks for the recommendation, xoxo

Diana Mieczan said...

That one sounds really good...Thanks:)

Kisses,sweetie and Happy Hot (too hot) Thursday:) hahaha:)

aisaicha said...

hello :) just found your blog and i really love it <3 i'm your new follower :)

xxoo, Icha

Juultje said...

try Tatiana Rosnay, Sarah' s key

or Nora Okja Keller, Comfort girls.

good books!

Lulu Peddar said...

so glad I found you!! Will definitely look for that book. Looks like a good read! x

chicfille said...

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

Pretty Pleased said...

Thanks for the review! I need a good read~I haven't come across anything remarkable this summer...but will pass along if I do:)
MC
www.prettypleasedblog.com

Fit With Flash said...

If you haven't read it yet, read The Help. It's by Katheryn Stockett. It's amazing! I read it 2 days!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Books are so intimate.
I have yet to read the book above, but I shall do some research on it.
Have a happy week;-)

Elle Sees said...

loved this book!

Mary said...

I just read this book on my vacation - loved it!

Now, I'm only "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" bu Stieg Larsson - pure CANDY! It's so good... like addictively good where all I want to do is read and neglect all my daily responsibilities ;) It's the first book of the Trilogy but I've only heard good things about it!

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

Tracy and Mark said...

i read that book months ago and couldn't put it down. ditto on the 'highly recommended' thing. it's both infuriating and amazing all at the same time - great read.

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

One of my FAVORITE books! Glad you read it. Okay girl you MUST read The Lost Girls. It's about girlfriends who travel around the world. I just started it.. we can read it together! xo

Aspiring Kennedy said...

I may be years late on recommending this, but i am reading Under The Tuscan Sun- and it's like a vacation.

It's so much sweeter & better than the movie.

I have been wanting to read this book. Thanks for the nod of encouragment!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

@Shannon that sounds great babe!!! Need to order it ASAP!

Sarah Tucker said...

I adore that book so much I've read it twice! a tough read at times and laugh out loud funny at others.

You should read THE HELP by kathryn stockett. i promise you will not be dissapointed.

Anonymous said...

I just started following your blog, and if you like this book, you HAVE to read "whistling in the dark", its funny, its touching, its exciting!

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