Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle

One of my book clubs met at my house on Monday night. Our book discussion was Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle, which has turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year, and one of the best book club discussions I've participated in.

Here's how I reviewed it in Goodreads: "This book is both amazing and entertaining. It's told from the point of view of a daughter from a crazy, crazy family. I found myself laughing aloud at some of the ridiculous family adventures; then I'd catch myself because I remembered that these actually happened to this family, and then I couldn't believe how hard this family's lives were. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2010."

After our lively discussion about this family, their misadventures and every bizarre thing they experienced, I was motivated to start looking online to see what I could find about Walls, this book and Welch, WV, the town where much of the book took place.

Here are a few things:,_West_Virginia (Steve Harvey is also from Welch) (Video of Hobart Street. The family lived on Little Hobart Street. I'm not sure if these are the same streets exactly, but it gives you a good idea of what the town looks like.) (Interview of Jeannette Walls on Craig Kilbourne. She has a great laugh!) (Photos from Welch)


  1. i, too, became obsessed. some of my favorites:

    on Maureen:

  2. Great stuff. Thanks, Lori!