Jeannette Walls Message Board

Angela Leaf posts on 5/27/2008 10:38:21 PM I just finished reading The Glass Castle, whom my lawyer urged me to read a year ago. I am absolutly amazed that one you lived to tell your story and two the courage it took. Thank you for opening my mind to what this world we live in is about. The people that we care about are far more important than the things of this crazy materialistic world.
Amanda Acevedo posts on 5/17/2008 9:56:03 PM Your book is probably the best memoir ever! It truly made me realize that instead of dwelling on the bad, I should look at the good things in my life. You also taught me that I can change my life and make it better than I could ever imagine. You went from being a homeless neglected little girl to being on the Colbert Report talking about your best-selling novel! Your book has truly changed my life, thank you so SO much for having the courage to put it all out there for everyone to see, it gives me hope that I will be able to achieve something in my life.
Dr Rich posts on 5/17/2008 7:50:49 PM I stopped reading when cat Quixote thrown out of the car. So much to read, so little time...

Ralph posts on 5/15/2008 2:50:57 PM Liebe Jeanette, Ihr Buch hat ich sehr berührt und ich bin immer noch bewegt in meiner Seele. Eigentlich weiss ich zur Zeit garnicht, welches Buch in jetzt lesen soll. Ich bin immer sehr dankbar für solche Menschen wie Sie, denn umso dankbarer wird man dann für das, was man selber hat. Leben Sie Ihr Leben glücklich mit Ihrem Mann John und Ihren Kindern. Ich freue mich schon auf das nächste Buch. An Ihren Vater werde ich bestimmt des öftern denken und auch an all die Jenigen, die ebenfalls mit dem Feind Alkohol zu kämpfen haben. Danke nochmals dafür. Ihr neuer Freund Ralph
Karen Bodnar posts on 5/8/2008 11:04:35 PM I absolutely loved this book. After reading the other posts on this message board, I think people need to remember this was Jeannettes life. Maybe her mother is crazy, maybe the children were neglected...but if all the crazy things hadn't happened, there would be no book. Jeannette, when I started reading this book I didn't realize I was reading a memoir....I'm sorry I laughed out loud when you fell out of the station wagon! I missed you at Chinook Mall in Calgary by 2 hours. Congrats on a great book.
Mary Osborne posts on 4/27/2008 8:33:17 PM I have been reading the reviews about the book The Glass Castle. I lived as a child on Hobart St. I do remember Little Hobart St and where the Noes lived. I attended school in Welch also.I also could write a book about my childhood on Hobart St. It would be about the fact that my mother was a single mother with 4 children to feed,she never let us go hungry,and kept us at home.I never recall having a babysitter and my mom worked hard taking in washings and ironings for a living.I recall the times of building fires in a coal stove, take baths in a number 10 washtub, making homemade pies and never feeling unloved.Once I recall that as my mom ,my sister and I lay in bed, the snow was blowing in at the corner of our bedroom.My mom got up and tore up her own clothes to stuff rags into the holes. I remember my mom running thru the house after she heated a bath towel really hot in front of the stove to get it to us girls in bed to wrap around our very cold feet. But of course, those kinds of memories don't sell books.Life is all about choices and I'm glad you chose to make the most out of your life after a pretty bad childhood.I chose to become a minister.Thanks for bringing back memories of Hobart St.where I lived, and my grandmother lived and I have memories of being poor,but loved.If you ever want to write another book,oontact me, I have a story to tell also.
Marge Hahnenberg posts on 4/24/2008 10:55:50 AM Dear Jeanette: A friend loaned me your book. I found it absolutely fascinating and loaned it to my daughter. Somehow it got lost and I feel so badly because my friend had a message in it from you that you wrote to her at a book sighning. Is there any possible way that I can get you to send her your book, The Glass Castle, with a message from you? I would be so grateful as it has put a strain on our friendship. Please advise me and I will gladly pay whatever the cost will be. Thank you so much. Marge
Veronica posts on 4/23/2008 1:43:07 PM Great Book. I read it in 3 days I could not put it down. Can't wait for your next book.
Anonymous posts on 4/14/2008 9:34:26 AM Choosing to be a homeless person when you know you're actually a millionaire isn't the same thing as being homeless without choice. Chosing to subject young children to this lifestyle not only makes Walls' mother despicable, it also renders this awful woman's pretend-daring and courage utterly inauthentic. The hillbilly setting obscures the fact that she is a lot like the hippies with trust funds of her era--except she remained a street person long after the party was over.
Anonymous posts on 4/14/2008 9:20:03 AM I do not understand how crictics can glamorize this appalling tale of parental neglect. Walls's mother was a sociopath, not a free spirit or even an unusually selfish person. This is evidenced by her cavalier attitude toward the death of her infant child and glee over the death of her mother--not to mention her indifference toward those children who, miraculously, survived. These kids were actually lucky to have had their alcoholic father around. He was a drunk, but his normal human emotions were still mostly intact.
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