The Glass Castle

A Memoir


About The Book

Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

About The Author

Photograph by John Taylor

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (July 2017)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501171581

Raves and Reviews

"Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art."

– People

"Walls has a God-given knack for spinning a yarn, and The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."

– Entertainment Weekly


– Time

"Each memory is more incredible than the last... That Walls recounts them so well and in such detail is our good fortune."

– The Plain Dealer

"On the eighth day, when God was handing out whining privileges, he came upon Jeannette Walls and said, 'For you, an unlimited lifetime supply.' Apparently, Walls declined His kind offer."

– Chicago Tribune

"Charles Dickens's scenes of poverty and hardship are no more audacious and no more provocative than those in the pages of this stunning memoir."

– The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Some people are born storytellers. Some lives are worth telling. The best memoirs happen when these two conditions converge. In The Glass Castle, they have."

– New York Newsday

"The Glass Castle is the kind of story that keeps you awake long after the rest of the house has fallen asleep."

– Vogue

"The Glass Castle is nothing short of spectacular."

– Entertainment Weekly

"Readers will marvel at the intelligence and resilience of the Walls kids."

– Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review, front page

Awards and Honors

  • PSLA Fiction List
  • ALA Alex Award
  • Pennsylvania School Librarian Association (PSLA) "Top Ten (Or So)" Young Adult Books
  • Eliot Rosewater HS Bk Awd (IN)
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Top Ten
  • Heather's Pick - Fiction

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Common Core Suggestion

Freshman Reading:

 Michigan State University (2006/2007)
Bowling Green State University (2007/2008)
Marshall University (2007/2008)
Grand Valley State University (2007/2008)
Salisbury University (2007/2008)
Appalachian State University (2008/2009)
St. Edward's University (2008/2009)
Villanova University (2008/2009)
Lasell College (2009/2010)
Eastern Kentucky University (2009/2010)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2009/2010)
Hendrix College (2010/2011)
Massasoit Community College (2010/2011)
Ball State University (2011/2012)
California State University, Northridge (2011/2012)
Michigan Tech University (2011/2012)
University of Akron (2011/2012)
University of Texas at San Antonio (2012/2013)
Chaffey College (2012/2013)
Eastern Oregon University (2012/2013)
Indiana State University (2012/2013)
Meredith College (2012/2013)
McKendree College (2013/2014)
St. Jerome's University (2013/2014)
Ohio State University (2014/2015)
Rider University (2014/2015)
Northwestern College, Iowa (2014/2015)
Northwestern College, Iowa (2015/2016)
Winthrop University (2015/2016)
Winthrop University (2016/2017)

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