Book Review: The Glass Castle



I am forever reluctant to pick up nonfiction books, I see reading as a way for me to escape into a fantastic worlds where anything is possible. However, time and time again, I find myself picking up nonfiction and enjoying them. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is no exception. I liked it, didn’t love it.

The characters in this story are incredibly interesting and even gave me a new perspective on homelessness. I loved that Jeanette’s parents were eccentric and often made conscious choices and preferences to live their lives as they did. The characters were real, and as a reader, it was at times frustrating to know they exist(ed) in the real world. Jeanette’s father is probably one of the most frustrating nonfiction characters I’ve encountered in a long time. Throughout the book, he just seems to become more and more disappointing and never really seems to find rock bottom. Her mother, similar to Lenora Allbright in The Great Alone, stands by his side through it all which makes my feminist blood curdle in my veins.

I wish I had read this one before I read Breaking Night or The Hillbilly Elegy. While its unbelievable that these stories are real and truly inspirational, I am becoming fatigued by the theme of coming from nothing and getting to the very top.

A common theme in all three of these books is the need for love to succeed. In each story, the author (main character) had someone who loved them, even if it was in a very dysfunctional, yet genuine way. I really believe that having love in their lives, no matter how strange it was, really made all the difference.

I guess coming from nothing and making it to “alright” doesn’t make a very good memoir? Fair enough, but maybe it would actually be refreshing every now and then. Three stars because I’m tired of the theme, honestly, I would have probably given it four stars if I hadn’t recently read two other books with very similar themes.


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Detroit, MI – September 17, 2016 – Safe Wheels, Inc., (NYSE: SWI) announced the company will partner with its local automobile dealerships to donate $700,000 for education, safety, and community programs in Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding suburbs of Cuyahoga County. The donation is part of the company’s social responsibility initiative, Operation Better World.

The donations will primarily serve children from kindergarten to 12th grade by providing hunger relief and teenage driver safety education programs. As part of the donation, Carol B. Stokes Centers will receive a Safe Wheels Transit Van, which will be used to donate food to senior citizens. The centers deliver food, provide transportation, and more as part of their commitment to helping senior citizens and persons with disabilities to maintain their independent living.

Operation Better World is one of our company’s proudest accomplishments,” said Luis Gonzales, Chief Executive Officer of Safe Wheels. “It is important to us that Safe Wheels makes a difference not only in Detroit but also in the communities of our local dealerships.”

Since its inception in 2000, Operation Better World has donated more than $20 million and collaborated with dealers and nonprofits in 37 communities. The concept behind the philanthropic initiative is that the most effective way to impact the community is to work with dealerships at the local level instead of executing the program through the company’s Detroit headquarters.

Visit for more information about Operation Better World and how to get involved.

About Safe Wheels

Safe Wheels, Inc., a global automotive industry leader based in Detroit, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 196,000 employees and 58 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include the Speedster, the Slowster and the family of Safe Wheels Transit Vans. The company provides financial services through Safe Wheels Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Safe Wheels and its products worldwide, please visit


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