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The Glass Castle
by Walls, Jeanette
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1. "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. What does a glass castle mean to Jeannette and her father? Why is it important that, just before leaving for New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn't believe he'll ever build it?

3. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now" (p. 14). Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir?

4. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now" (p. 14). Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir?

5. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now" (p. 14). Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir?

6. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now" (p. 14). Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir?

7. Were you surprised to learn that, as adults, Jeannette and her siblings remained close to their parents? Why do you think this is?

8. For many reviewers and readers, the most extraordinary thing about The Glass Castle is that, despite everything, Jeannette Walls refuses to condemn her parents. Were you able to be equally nonjudgmental?

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