If you haven't read The Glass Castle, grab a copy, and share your thoughts! I am interested to hear what you think. While you read, be sure to keep a book journal of notes to add to our discussions. Write down your thoughts or questions, highlight your favorite quotes - and then share with us! Lets dig deeper into the books we read together and get an idea of how a passage made you feel. What questions do you have that I didn't cover? What part(s) of the book is significant to you?
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The Silver Star
Half Broke Horses
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. - Simon & Schuster
If you would like to learn more about Jeannette Walls, and her book The Glass Castle, visit this page here.
Photograph by John Taylor
The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
ISBN: 074324754X | ISBN-13: 9780743247542
Paperback: 288 Pages
Genre: Nonfiction Memoir
- For those of you that have read various nonfiction books, what did you think about The Glass Castle in terms of how it was written and pacing?
- Those who haven't read many nonfiction books, what did you think about The Glass Castle? How did you prep your mind beforehand? Did you find that you were comparing what you're used to with fiction novels to how this nonfiction book is structured?
- Which story stood out to you the most? What did you like/not like about the story?
- Did The Glass Castle make you think differently about your own life in anyway?
- If you have children, put yourself in the shoes of Mrs. Walls. How would you have handled Mr. Walls? Is there anything you would have done differently? Did you find yourself agreeing/disagreeing with Mrs. Walls?
- Same scenario, but put yourself in the shoes of Mr. Walls, is there anything you agreed/disagreed with in his methods?
- For those that don't have children, what are your thoughts on the way the Walls children were raised? Is there anything you would avoid/implement within your own family?
- What was your first impression of the book? As you read, did your impression change? What caused the change?
- How do you think our childhood impacts us as adults?
- Would you recommend this book to a friend?