Memoir Mondays: The Glass Castle

Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.

A book that has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 261 weeks, The Glass Castle is an autobiographical memoir that details Jeannette Walls and her siblings’ unconventional and poverty-stricken past living with dysfunctional parents. Her father was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, shared stories and taught them about physics and geology. At other times, he stole grocery money and disappeared for days. Her mother, an artist, struggled to raise her family in an environment of chaos. With absent parents—literally and figuratively—Jeannette and her siblings were forced to raise each other. As they got older, she and her siblings went on to educate themselves and found success, while her parents chose to become homeless.

Astonishing but tender, The Glass Castle is a memoir about the enduring love of a family despite chaos. It quickly became a bestseller and book club favourite. Click here for the reading group guide. You can also read an excerpt from the memoir.

Find out more from Jeannette Walls about what inspired her to tell her deeply moving story: