Each month I meet with three girlfriends to play mahjong and talk about a book. This month’s book is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I just finished it last night and thoughts are still tumbling through my mind. Questions I want to discuss at mahjong, thoughts about the book. Everything is jumbled, but I will say this. I loved the book. It was heartbreaking and some parts were simply agonizing to read, but the ability of the human spirit to presevere and succeed is amazing.
The Glass Castle is the story of Jeannette Walls’ childhood. Its a memoir written with such clarity that, at first, I questioned the validity. I recall very little of my childhood and none with such detail so I was amazed that she was able to write about her life since she was three years old. In speaking with a couple different people though they stated that people usually recall traumatic life events. This story speaks of homelessness, abuse, hunger, alcoholism, but it is told with almost a kindness and caring towards the very people that inflicted these traumas upon her. I think most people would be filled with hate and anger if they were raised in similar circumstances, yet Jeannette seems forgiving towards her parents and has used her past to build a solid life. I’m not going to go into details about this story because I want you to read it first. After you read it come back here and let me know what you think. Go, buy this book, borrow it from a friend, check it out of the library, whatever you need to do. Just read this book.
A couple weekends ago I stumbled across a used bookstore in a nearby town. Well, by nearby I mean about 45 minutes away It’s a small place, but filled floor to ceiling with books. (Tammy’s Bookworm in Houghton Lake, Michigan) I’m not sure why, but stepping into bookstores, especially used bookstores, is always so calming. …Read More
Image courtesy of Amazon My friend recommended this book to me and I’m so glad she did. The author is snarky and laugh out loud funny, two traits that I admire. She tells the story of going back home to the Mennonite family after being gone for many, many years. Her return is due to …Read More
I really am reading it..I just liked this photo better than the book photo from Amazon:). Love the book! Not a fan of Barbara Kingsolver at all, BUT this book is excellent. It talks a lot about the food industry in America without going into too many icky details….just enough to make you really think …Read More
You know how sometimes life never feels like its going the way it should?? You look around and you think “what the hell??” I’ve had a few of those head shaking moments lately, but in the midst of it all have been little pockets of sunshine. These are moments that just make me happy and …Read More