For two decades, MSNBC.com contributor Jeannette Walls hid her hardscrabble past as the child of two rebellious noncomformists (who sometimes put painting before parenting). With her riveting memoir, The Glass Castle, Walls breaks her silence to reveal a triumphant story of strength, success, and unconditional love.
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Also Known As:
Jeannette Barrett Walls
New York, New York and East Moriches, Long Island, New York
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1960
Place of Birth:
B.A., Barnard College, 1984
|Walls's Moving Memoir|
|The Glass Castle|
"Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit," raves Dani Shapiro, author of Family History.
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|A Warm Reception|
|"When I sat down to write The Glass Castle, there was no doubt in my mind that once the truth about me was out I would lose all my friends and my job," Walls reveals in our exclusive interview. "So far, the reaction has been the opposite. I’m just stunned. I think I’ve shortchanged people and their capacity for compassion." |
|A Dishy Debut||Reading Recommendations|
|Dish: How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Show|
In Dish, industry insider Walls dishes up a comprehensive exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance. Examining the topic from the inside out, Walls looks at the players, the origins of gossip, and various milestones, from the birth of People magazine to the death of Lady Di.
|Angela's Ashes: A Memoir|
"What makes the book so irresistible is how when McCourt’s life becomes bleaker, he responds by becoming more humorous and poetic," Walls explains of Angela's Ashes, one of her favorite books. Read our interview to learn more about Walls's reading recommendations, including: