The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was recommended to me a few years ago by a bookseller while I was looking through the Jodi Picoult display. Since then it's been a book on my to-read list, though not with high priority, until this month when it became the book club book.
And I'm glad it did, otherwise in all likelihood I never would have picked it up. The Glass Castle, told from Jeannette's point-of-view, is a memoir of her childhood as her family moved around in search of the gold that would give the family enough money to bring them out of poverty and that would allow her father Rex to build his masterpiece, the glass castle, which would become the family's home. Constantly doing "the skedaddle" the family moves from California, to Nevada, to Arizona among other places, living in houses and out in the desert.
While reading this book I was at times both frustrated and fascinated by the parents and amazed at the resilience of the children. It was an interesting look at a childhood I never could have imagined. Sad at times and touching at others it's a book that takes the readers along for the ride with the children. It's a quick read, I read it the day of the book club. I would highly recommend this book to others.