Monday, August 10, 2009

Is It Time For a Book Yet?!

Yes it is!
I would like to offer a short 'n' sweet intro to the one against which all others should be judged (in my humble opinion).
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This is non-fiction. Just keep telling yourself that, as you read along. There are moments of 'What is wrong with these people!?' interspersed with a sprinkling of 'Awwwww! How great is that?' interludes. Your job, as you read along, is to navigate them, as best you can. And discuss amongst yourselves. I found that the reason I wanted other people to read it was so that we could all talk about the thing. Amazing opportunities for conversations, discussions and fevered debates. And, isn't that what makes a great read? Absolutely, the most unputdownable book I have ever recommended. These kids, these incredible kids!

The Grading Session: 6 stars out of 5 (anything less would be just wrong, wrong, wrong.

Lessons Learned: It can be exhilarating to be part of a bohemian family, as long as they don't destroy your bust of Shakespeare and turn your hard work at starting a foundation for the oft-promised glass castle into a garbage dump. Sometimes dull and boring is a far more livable alternative to unpredictable and adventurous.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book and agree it is a 6/5 stars. Many women/teens grow up thinking they had such a bad childhood because they were deprived of True Religion Jeans or having a 500 series BMW. This is the book to read. I found the story also demonstrates how parenting can really be difficult and not everyone is meant to be a parent. However, in the eyes of the parents in this story, they probably thought they were doing an ok job. The kids were amazing and show true love for their parents no matter how much the parents ignored their daily needs such food, clothing, shelter. Maybe that can be the secret to obtaining children's love - don't buy them true religion jeans or BMWs.