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There are good books; there are really good books; and then there are great books. Books that resonate with you long after you turn the final page. Books with characters you carry around with you in the back of your mind, whose lives make you count your blessings daily, whose trials make you show more compassion to others, and whose stories make you see the world just a bit differently. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is one. A great book that, in my opinion, every single American should read.
Goodreads describes Walls’ book as “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.”
First of all, this book is so engrossing, you won’t be able to put it down. Secondly, it is a winning choice for a book club selection, as you’ll want to discuss and dissect all the wonderfully flawed characters with others. But mostly, it’s the part of the book that you want to keep all to yourself, , the part that digs into your soul and tugs at your heartstrings, that makes it life-changing and a must-read for every member of the human race. Needless to say …