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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Glass Castle

Once a month we have book club and share different books that we have enjoyed. "The Glass Castle", by Jennette Walls, is one of those books that several of us have read and recommend to others.

The Glass Castle won an Alex Award and is a memoir that captivates you with the very first sentence: "I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a dumpster".

You will be amazed at the author's childhood and her relationship with her free spirited parents. You will probably be in awe how she and her siblings foraged through the school garbage cans for their only meal. And what amazed me most was how this woman pulled herself into a new life and never once portrayed herself as a victim or someone we should feel sorry for.

I enjoyed the journey of being an observer in her life and seeing a whole different way of living. The book reinforced the concept that we really don't have to follow the life script we were born with. We have choices in how we interpret ourselves. We have choices in what we can appreciate, be excited about, and even have a sense of wonder about. This is a satisfying memoir and one I think you will like.