You wouldn't find The Glass Castle in the self-help section of the bookstore, but that is exactly how I felt when reading it. It is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant.
I read this book in 2006. It was recommended to me by my therapist. She said...
"YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK." Of course, my therapist knew me well- knew about my childhood, and she kept telling me...."I think you will really like this book." When I finally cracked it open I found myself deeply validated and comforted in ways I would have never expected. It literally helped me break-through stifled childhood traumas and helped me look at myself and my resiliency with new, kinder eyes. What I loved about this book is this: it presents her parents, with all their faults, and the poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, exasperation, or even really any judgment, just with the quirky love we all view our own childhoods. She presents the incidents without anger or hurt. It happened. It shaped her glasses of the world. But the past isn't a happy place to live. She took what she could from her experience and moved determinedly from a childhood she didn't enjoy into an adulthood she could pick. That's what was so thought-provoking for me, the idea that if you think you're a victim you are and if you don't you're not.
I hope that you will find some healing or awareness as you read The Glass Castle. Even if you can't imagine yourself or your own experiences between the pages, I promise it will still move you. This book is loaded with anecdotes, one after another, full of amazing and horrifying and beautiful moments. This story is a tender reminder that there is beauty in the struggle.
I look forward to our Book Club discussion, and BONUS! The Glass Castle -the movie is coming out August 11th! We will definitely be planning a follow-up Book CLub Night on September 19th to go see it!