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release date: Jan 17, 2006
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Now a major motion picture from Lionsgate starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
The perennially bestselling, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
release date: Sep 07, 2010
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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did."

So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.

release date: Jun 03, 2014
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The Silver Star: A Novel
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls’ gripping new novel that "transports us with her powerful storytelling...She contemplates the extraordinary bravery needed to confront real-life demons in a world where the hardest thing to do may be to not run away" (O, The Oprah Magazine).

It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart—an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist. But when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.

Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
release date: Jul 26, 2016
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El castillo de cristal / The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Spanish Edition)

El Castillo de Cristal es la historia conmovedora de una familia que ama y que también abandona, que es leal y al mismo tiempo decepciona. Su lectura no dejará indiferente a ningún lector que se atreva con ella.

Algunas pocas veces en la vida nos encontramos con libros excepcionales. Libros que se nos van imponiendo lentamente, que nos envuelven con su magia y que se instalan en nuestro corazón para no irse más.

Así es la historia que nos cuenta Jeannette Walls, una exitosa periodista que durante muchos años ocultó un gran secreto. El de su familia. Una familia al mismo tiempo profundamente disfuncional y tremendamente viva, vibrante. El padre, Rex, es un hombre carismático y entusiasta, que logra transmitir a sus hijos la pasión por vivir. Les enseña física, geología, les cuenta historias. Pero Rex es alcohólico, y cuando está borracho se convierte en una persona destructiva y poco de fiar. La madre es un espíritu libre, una pintora muy orgullosa de su arte que aborrece la idea de una vida convencional y que no está dispuesta a asumir la responsabilidad de criar a sus cuatro hijos.

La familia Walls es una familia errante. Viven aquí y allá y sobreviven como pueden. Los niños aprenden a cuidar de sí mismos, se protegen unos a otros, y finalmente consiguen salir del círculo infernal en que se convierte la familia para marcharse a Nueva York. En el camino quedan noches donde duermen al aire libre en el desierto, pueblos donde acuden por una semana a la escuela, vecinos que los ayudan y abusos de todo tipo.

Una historia transformadora sobre la locura, la pobreza y el amor. Uno de esos libros después de cuya lectura uno no puede permanecer igual, sino que sale cambiado para siempre.

Reseñas:
«Un libro excelente... Walls tiene verdadero talento para contar historias.»
Publishers Weekly

«Walls ha pasado a formar parte de ese excepcional grupo de escritores como Mary Karr y Frank McCourt (Las cenizas de Ángela), capaces de transformar sus memorias de una infancia terrible en excelente literatura.»
People

«Walls recibió el mejor regalo que se le puede hacer a una escritora: una familia disfuncional empaquetada con excentricidades. [...] Caballos salvajes es el cuento de otra sardónica pariente de espíritu libre: su abuela materna Lily Casey Smith».
USA Today (Sobre Caballos salvajes)

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MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

The first book by the beloved author of the new novel The Silver Star, the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, “nothing short of spectacular” (Entertainment Weekly) memoir from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
release date: Jan 23, 2001
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Dish:: How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Show

From Jeannette Walls, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle, now a major motion picture, comes an incisive study of our obsession with gossip.

"A fascinating, dishy story." -Booklist

Gossip. It's more than just hearsay, society columns, and supermarket tabloids. It has, like it or not, become a mainstay of American pop culture. In Dish, industry insider Jeannette Walls gives this provocative subject its due, offering a comprehensive, serious exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance. Examining the topic from the inside out, Walls looks at the players; the origins of gossip, from birth of People magazine to the death of Lady Di; and how technology including the Internet will continue to change the face gossip. As compelling and seductive as its subject matter, Dish brilliantly reveals the fascinating inner workings of a phenomenon that is definitely here to stay.

release date: Sep 07, 2010
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By Jeannette Walls: Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
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[Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel] (By: Jeannette Walls) [published: September, 2010]
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release date: Jul 14, 2020
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release date: Jun 01, 2010
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Caballos salvajes (Spanish Edition)

Caballos salvajes nos descubre los orígenes de la disfuncional familia Walls. Si en El castillo de cristal los niños nos conmovieron con su fortaleza y sus ganas de vivir, en esta precuela será Lily Casey Smith, su abuela, la que nos brinde su tenacidad y perseverancia ante las dificultades que atravesó en el camino de su vida.

Heroína y pionera en el Lejano Oeste americano, Lily vivió durante sus casi primeros diez años en una caseta del desierto de Texas. A pesar de la extrema pobreza en que subsistía con sus padres, no tardó en convertirse en una joven maestra de un pueblo situado a 28 días a caballo, lo que supondría el principio de una sucesión de desafíos en una tierra de promesas y a la vez de grandes adversidades.

Tras casarse con un hombre bígamo, lo abandona para irse con otro hombre dueño de un rancho con el que tiene dos hijos -uno de ellos es Rose Mary Walls, la madre de El castillo de cristal-, y durante todo este tiempo se convertirá en jinete de rodeo, en domadora de caballos, en una despiadada jugadora de póquer y hará lo imposible porque ella y su familia sobrevivan, con su afán de superación y su encendida defensa de la libertad de la mujer a principios del siglo XX.

Jeannette Walls quería escribir sobre la infancia de su madre, pero la vida de su abuela terminó imponiéndose. Al final, todo tiene una explicación...

Reseña:
«Walls recibió el mejor regalo que se le puede hacer a una escritora: una familia disfuncional empaquetada con excentricidades. [...] Caballos salvajes es el cuento de otra sardónica pariente de espíritu libre: su abuela materna Lily Casey Smith».
USA Today

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION For the first 10 years of her life, Lily Casey Smith, the narrator of this true-life novel by her granddaughter, Walls, lived in a dirt dugout in west Texas. Walls, whose mega selling memoir, The Glass Castle, recalled her own upbringing, writes in what she recalls as Lily's plainspoken voice, whose recital provides plenty of drama and suspense as she ricochets from one challenge to another. Having been educated in fits and starts because of her parents' penury, Lily becomes a teacher at age 15 in a remote frontier town she reaches after a solo 28-day ride. Marriage to a bigamist almost saps her spirit, but later she weds a rancher with whom she shares two children and a strain of plucky resilience. (They sell bootleg liquor during Prohibition, hiding the bottles under a baby's crib.) Lily is a spirited heroine, fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice, a rodeo rider and fearless breaker of horses, and a ruthless poker player. Assailed by flash floods, tornados and droughts, Lily never gets far from hardscrabble drudgery in several states—New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois—but hers is one of those heartwarming stories about indomitable women that will always find an audience.
release date: Jul 14, 2020
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Jeannette Walls The Silver Star (Paperback) - Common
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