Montgomery City-County Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 3/12/2013
Time: 2:00 PM -
Title: Governor's Square Book Bunch
Location: Governors Square Branch Library
Intended Audience: Adults
Description: In celebration of Women's History Month, Book Bunch Book Club has selected the biography The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Summary: Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't  stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict”.  Cooking a meal that would be consumed in  fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town--and the family. Rex Walls had done all he could to escape, from drinking to  stealing the grocery money and disappearing for three days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parent's betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story.