The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle
288 pages; Scribner

Because out of all the dysfunctional family stories, this one was the instant classic.

In this searing memoir, Walls relates her hardscrabble childhood with two eccentric—to put it mildly—parents. The family lived like nomads and, later, in poverty as their father drank and their mother fell deeper into dysfunction. Walls not only escaped her desperate situation, becoming a successful writer in New York, but also got out with her kindness, humor and generosity of spirit intact.
— Dawn Raffel