The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls.
Walls, a MSNBC.com reporter discusses her childhood growing up with a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother. Despite this dysfunctional family, Walls' story is no pity-party; rather a story of unconditional love and survival against all odds.
The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
1. Though The Glass Castle is brimming with unforgettable stories, which scenes were the most memorable for you? Which were the most shocking, the most inspiring, the funniest?
2. Discuss the metaphor of a glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father.
3. Though it portrays an incredibly hardscrabble life, The Glass Castle is never sad or depressing. Discuss the tone of the book, and how do you think that Walls achieved that effect?
4. For many reviewers and readers, the most extraordinary thing about The Glass Castle that, despite everything, Jeannette Walls refused to condemn her parents. Were you able to be equally nonjudgmental?
Discussion questions taken from BookBrowse at http://www.bookbrowse.com/reading_guides/