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Glass Castle : A Memoir

by Jeannette Walls
| Item # X2475
Glass Castle : A Memoir X2475
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A #1 BookSense Reading Group Pick!The Glass Castle, by Jeannette WallsReading Group Guide1. ThoughThe Glass Castleis brimming with unforgettable stories, which scenes were the most memorable for you? Which were the most shocking, the most inspiring, the funniest?2. Discuss the metaphor of a glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father. Why is it important that, just before leaving for New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn't believe he'll ever build it? (p. 238).3. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now" (p. 14). Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir?4. Rex Walls often asked his children, "Have I ever let you down?" Why was this question (and the required "No, Dad" response) so important for him -- and for his kids? On what occasions did he actually come through for them?5. Jeannette's mother insists that, no matter what, "life with your father was never boring" (p. 288). What kind of man was Rex Walls? What were his strengths and weaknesses, his flaws and contradictions?6. Discuss Rose Mary Walls. What did you think about her description of herself as an "excitement addict"? (p. 93).7. Though it portrays an incredibly hardscrabble life,The Glass Castleis never sad or depressing. Discuss the tone of the book, and how do you think that Walls achieved that effect?8 Describe Jeannette's relationship to her siblings and discuss the role they played in one another's lives.9. In college, Jeannette is singled out by a professor for not understanding the plight of homeless people; instead of defending herself, she keeps quiet. Why do you think she does this?10. The two major pieces of the memoir -- one half set in the desert and one half in West Virginia -- feel distinct. What effect did such a big move have on the family -- and on your reading of th

Product Information

  • AR Level5.9
  • AR Quiz Number105049
  • AR Quiz Points12
  • AuthorJeannette Walls
  • Page Count304
  • ISBN10074324754X
  • ISBN139780743247542
  • PublisherScribner
  • Year Published2006
  • Type of BookNon-Fiction
  • SubjectPoverty & unemployment
    Press & journalism
    Coping with drug & alcohol abuse
    Biography: general
    Family & relationships
  • ImprintScribner

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