Like quirky autobiographies about children raised in the desert by rebel artists? You might dig this awesome read! The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls.

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This book is one of the first books I ever read all the way through, as an 18 year old. I simply could not put it down. Maybe because it reminded me so much of my own life, or maybe just because Jeanette Walls is an amazing writer who tells a very real experience. This book is a wild ride told from her perspective as a young girl and growing up with artist parents who refused to be a part of the system, and because of it had many electricity-less nights in the desert appreciating junk, the stars, family, and road trips to no where.  It begins in modern day with her seeing her mother in New York digging through a dumpster as the adult she became… and for me was near impossible to put down after that. Here are some quotes that I much appreciated… 

“Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten, you’ll still have your stars.”

“Things usually work out in the end.”

“What if they don’t?”

“That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.”

“We laughed about all the kids who believed in the Santa Clause myth and got nothing but a bunch of cheap plastic toys. ‘Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten,’ Dad said, ‘ you’ll still have your stars.”

“It’s really not that hard to put food on the table if that’s what you decide to do.”

“…dancing along the border between turbulence and order”

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