The Glass Castle is a special memoir about an unusual, powerful and unique family. When awake, Jeannette Walls’ father was a wonderful and charismatic man who helped his children’s imagination soar, taught them physics, geology and how to deal with life without fear. But when he was drunk, he was naughty and dishonest. Her mother was a free-loving woman who detested the routine and did not want to burden her family. The Walls have to learn to take care of themselves. They dress themselves, find their own food, protect each other, and finally find their way to New York and have a decent life … Author Jeannette Walls has portrayed a story with precision, with grace through heartbreaking and chaotic childhood memories. The memoir does what a good book should do: affirm our belief in people.