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Glass Castle: A Memoir

"Walls had an interesting childhood: her parents encouraged her to read at an early age and nurtured her creative side. They taught her and her siblings to fend for themselves, to be strong and proud. At the same time, their father, an alcoholic, would steal their money to buy liquor or to fund one of his many schemes; their mother was a flighty artist who preferred painting to cleaning and feeding her children. The family moved from place to place, pulling up stakes in the middle of the night to avoid bill collectors. They didn't have a stable home until moving to West Virginia, where the house leaked, there was no running water, and heat was supplied by a coal-fired stove. Eventually, all four Walls children found their way to New York, where one became a decorated police officer, another a noted artist, and Jeanette, a newspaper and television writer." (Book Description)

Jeannette Walls