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Sylvia Griffin posts on 6/19/2007 4:46:23 PM I am 70 years old and this is my first fan letter. I read your book yesterday "The Glass Castle" and was unable to put it down until I fifnished it, sincerely, Sylvia Griffin
terri posts on 6/19/2007 1:46:29 PM One of my most favorite books, was on vacation in California and read it in one day, couldn't put it down and haven't stopped thinking about it and that was 2 months ago!!! I hope you continue to live a happy and healthy life, you certainly deserve it. I am having a book group on glass castle in a couple of nites, wondering what you have been up to and could you give me a brief update as to the status of your 3 siblings? Hope all is well with them. Thanks again for such an inspiring and wonderful book.. It should be a "high school" or "college" reading requirement.
Cheryl O'Brien posts on 6/18/2007 6:12:13 PM Dear Ms. Walls, I read your book twice and it is now going to be discussed in my next book club. It was one of the best non fiction books I have ever read and am having my 15 year old daughter read it this summer. If she doesn't get any other message from it, I know she'll get that education doesn't always have to come out of a formal school process. Your parents may have been very eccentric but they were intelligent people that gave you the gift of reading and learning through the public library and all your nature hikes in the desert and everywhere they took you. I think they gave you the gift of suffering in a way that really made you guys survivors and achievers which are qualities that most of our middle class kids today are clueless because they have everything given and done for them. My baby boomer generation has done a great disservice to alot of our spoiled kids today. Thanks again, Cheryl O'Brien



Marilyn posts on 6/18/2007 11:30:55 AM Jeanette, I also want to thank you for sharing your story and tell you what a great writer you are. I could hardly put your book down. The fact that you and your siblings survived is due to how much you cared about each other and looked out for one another. I cannot understand how your mother could have allowed her children to suffer so much and for so long. She seems to me to be a horribly selfish, spoiled person. What a sad story. But I am so glad you survived and had the courage to tell your story. Best wishes to you, and I hope the rest of your life will be peaceful and happy.
mamafishy posts on 6/2/2007 12:55:04 AM i would love to know the dates that this story takes place. i am half way through the book and i love it. just curious of the years.
Anne Wauquiez posts on 5/8/2007 4:06:43 PM Hello, I would like to know if the wonderful "The Glass Castle" has been translated into French...(my French husband would like to read it...) Thank you for your answer ! Best regards
Ginni Cummings posts on 4/25/2007 8:13:44 AM Dear Jeanette, I know every one of your readers truly rejoice with you for what you have achieved. We would all hug you if we could! My book club hostess of the month chose your book and we are meeting tonight. It is going to be a great discussion. God bless you. Ginni
Kathy posts on 4/24/2007 3:02:59 PM Thank you Jeanette for openly sharing your life with us. This is by far the best book I have ever read and reread. Personally it has helped me overcome and to reinforce that we can be survivors if we choose to. Something you said, when we continue to hate and not forgive we are only hurting ourselves is so true. Thanks for truly letting me see this. Enjoy your happiness, you truly deserve it...
Karen Ferrara posts on 4/7/2007 10:55:54 PM Dear Ms Walls Just finished the book, WOW what a story, loved your father he was too much,I'm sure you thought that too plenty of times!! Looking forward to your new one, Take care Karen
basil j papaharis posts on 4/2/2007 11:24:56 AM i just finished your wonderful book this past weekend.ihave a story for you.in 1975 i was a medical intern at bellevue hospital in nyc.at the time iwas working on the "chest service'.at that time a large % of our patients were homeless men with tuberculosis.as you might expect alcohol and a variety of psychiatric issues was common.a man in his late 40s was admitted with a very severe case of tb.he had lived on the street for about 8 years and was a heavy drinker.with a heavy beard and being malnourished he looked 20 years older.a week later,shaved,cleaned up and detoxed he looked like a new man.one day on rounds,we found him lying in bed listening to a small am/fm radio-his prized possesion.he was tuned in to the boston red sox baseball game.this got some of us a bit more interested.it took a week to get the story outof him.born in new england,moved to the seattle area,married with 4 daughters and owner of a prosperous lumber or maybe paper business.at some point he became"overwhelmed" and disappeared without a trace. his family never knew what became of him and the local police assumed the worst.after 2 weeks of putting us off one of the interns instituted a search and in a short time hit paydirt.a few days later we were astonished as his wife and 4 stunningly beautiful daughters arrived at bellevue hospital to see their dad who had long ago been given up for dead.it was one of the most emotional and inspirational events of the entire training experience.they stayed for 2 weeks.atthe end of that time he simply told them all how much he loved them but that he could never return to his former life.they eventually gave up,returned home and upon his hospital discharge returned to the streets. we never saw him again.again, thank you for telling your story.iam sure that you have heard from countless people who read your story and were inspired by it. listen to your husband-hes a smart guy. basil j papaharis m.d.
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