The Glass Castle By Jeanette Walls

2477 Words Apr 12th, 2016 10 Pages
Angela Lin
Mrs. O’Neal
AP English Language and Composition—4
9 April 2016
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls: Biography Jeanette Walls is a journalist and a writer who is best known for her work as a gossip columnist for MSNBC and for her memoir, The Glass Castle, which spent over 200 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association 's Alex Award and the Books for Better Living Award, and is being made into a film by Paramount entertainment. She now lives in Virginia and still writes occasionally for MSNBC.com. Jeanette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 21, 1960 as the third child of four to Rex and Rosemary Walls. She has 2 older sisters, Lori and Maureen, and her brother, Brian. The farthest back memory Walls can recall from her childhood is when she was three years old and tried to boil a hotdog by herself, standing on a chair and wearing a pink dress. However, she fails horribly, for her dress catches on fire and she is burned badly. Her father takes her to the hospital for treatment, but when she is booked for the night, he sneaks her out of her bed in the middle of the night so they won’t have to pay the hospital bill. For the majority of Walls’ childhood, her family moves around to different towns in the desert, avoiding payments and trying to find ways to stay afloat. They are extremely poor and her dad can’t seem to keep a job, likely due to his alcoholism and suspicion of…

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