Monday, April 11, 2011

What I am Reading

Wah, wah,

I am probably like the LAST girl in America to read this book, but if I'm not, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was awesome. Amazing. I loved reading it.

{Except for the cat part. I hate when people are mean to cats}.

It's not a total warm and fuzzy story, but I think the ending is what you make of it. Now, I just wish the author had a website with family photos. I would LOVE to see them.

From 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. A regular contributor to, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor.


Erica said...

If you liked that, you should read "Half-Broke Horses." It's about Walls' grandmother's life, which is pretty darn amazing!

Mrs. S. said...

I know that you like young adult literature, and I have a series I am doing as read aloud in my classroom I thought you might like. It is the "Shadow Children" series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It starts with Among the Hidden. My students and I love these books so far!!

Unknown said...

I second "Half Broke Horses" I liked it just as much and it gives you an even better idea of her family..and there are some pictures in it I think.

Sonya said...

I agree with everyone else that you should read "Half Broke Horses". I liked it better than The Glass Castle actually.