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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Title The Glass Castle
Author Jeannette Walls
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2006-01-02
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781416544661
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Title The Glass Castle
Author Jeannette Walls
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2006-12-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1416550607
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Title The Glass Castle
Author Jeannette Walls
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2005-03-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780743247535
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the tradition of Mary Karr's "The Liars' Club" and Rick Bragg's "All Over But the Shouting," Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family.

Title The Glass Castle A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Summary Analysis
Author Instaread
Publisher Instaread Summaries
Release Date 2015-09-08
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 36
ISBN 9781943427895
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls | Summary & Analysis Preview: Jeannette Walls chronicles all the heartbreak, deprivation, humor, and love of her childhood in The Glass Castle, a memoir of growing up dirt-poor on a cross-country odyssey with her charismatic, but alcoholic, father and her codependent mother. Jeannette began thinking of her childhood after spotting her mother, Rose Mary, rummaging through trash in New York City. Her parents were basically living on the street, but offers of help were always rejected. Jeannette went home to her husband’s apartment on Park Avenue. She arranged to have lunch with her mom, who advised her to stop feeling guilty, accept her parents as they were, and stop hiding the truth about them. Taking this advice, Jeannette started writing her story. Her first memory went back to a trailer park in Arizona. At the age of three, she spent six weeks in a hospital after her pink tutu caught fire while she was boiling hot dogs with no supervision… PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of The Glass Castle • Summary of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Title The Silver Star
Author Jeannette Walls
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2013-06-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781471129100
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A stunning, heartbreaking novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world - a triumph of imagination and storytelling. It is 1970. 'Bean' Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman who 'flees every place she's ever lived at the first sign of trouble', takes off to 'find herself'. She leaves the girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that has been in the family for generations. An impetuous optimist, Bean discovers who her father was and learns many stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, so Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Madox, foreman of the mill in town, a big man who bullies workers, tenants and his wife. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the autumn, it is Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens between Liz and Maddox... 'Tragic and comic at the same time... an outrageous story, one that will break your heart' Sunday Independent 'There isn't a shred of self-pity in this deeply compassionate book' Marie Claire ***Half Broke Horses (S&S, 2009) 'Has immense power and readibility... What it does with aplomb is to track the birth of a nation: the conjuring of modern America from a scorched, dusty wasteland' The Times

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Title Half Broke Horses
Author Jeannette Walls
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2010-09-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781416586296
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author offers a novel based on the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed 500 miles on a pony as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children, including Rosemary Smith Walls, portrayed in the author's acclaimed The Glass Castle. Includes reading-group guide. Reprint. A New York Times Best Book of the Year.

The Atlantis Gene by S.A. Beck

Title The Atlantis Gene
Author S.A. Beck
Publisher Beck Books
Release Date 2021
Category Fiction
Total Pages 307
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book 3 in the thrilling 7-book Atlantis Saga The US government, the US military, and world-renowned scientists are all after one thing—the Atlantis gene, from the descendants of the lost island of Atlantis. Jaxon’s new life in LA is torture until she hears about a teenage vigilante in the news. Turns out he’s someone she knows from her posh private school. She begins sneaking out of the house to join him in his fight against criminals downtown. General Meade will stop at nothing to defend the world against alien threat and will thwart his own government to be the savior. Meanwhile, the Atlantis Allegiance operates off the grid and has plans to go on a world trip to find the original island of Atlantis. The Atlantis Gene is the 3rd book in the 7-book Atlantis Saga, about the girl with the Atlantis gene. Book 1: The Atlantis Girl Book 2: The Atlantis Allegiance Book 3: The Atlantis Gene Book 4: The Atlantis Secret Book 5: The Atlantis Origins Book 6: The Atlantis Guard Book 7: The Atlantis Ascent Keywords: Urban Fantasy Mystery Series Teen Fantasy Greek Myth Young Adult Mysteries and Thrillers Young Adult Action Thriller Teen Romantic Mystery Young Adult Romantic Suspense

What Remains by Carole Radziwill

Title What Remains
Author Carole Radziwill
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2007-06-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780743277181
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author traces her life and marriage to Anthony Radziwill, President Kennedy's nephew, in an account that describes her work as a journalist, her friendship with JFK, Jr., and his wife, and her husband's struggle with terminal cancer.

The Glass Castle by Trisha Priebe

Title The Glass Castle
Author Trisha Priebe
Publisher Barbour Publishing
Release Date 2016-03-01
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781634097628
Language English, Spanish, and French
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You'll love joining Avery in the adventures of The Glass Castle where the setting from The Chronicles of Narnia meets the action from Alice in Wonderland. Avery dragged her three-year-old brother behind a boxwood bush and listened for footsteps in the brittle leaves. She couldn’t be sure which was louder—the person on their trail or her own heart, galloping like a stallion in her ears. With one hand over Henry’s mouth, Avery looked down at the nicest dress she owned. Not only had she torn the ruffles and destroyed the hem, but the white linen stood out in the shadowy woods, making her an easy target. If she survived this afternoon and made it home tonight—and that felt like a giant if—her father would demand to know why her dress was stained with grass and mud and tinged with blood.She would tell him the truth. The king is growing old and is concerned about who will replace him. His new wife wants to produce an heir to the throne. The only problem? Thirteen years ago, the king’s first wife gave birth to a son, and no one knows for sure what happened to him. Rumors swirl throughout the castle. For the new queen, the solution as simple: dispose of all the thirteen-year-olds in the kingdom. Except, it isn’t that easy. Avery and her friends won’t go quietly. Avery, Kate, Tuck, and Kendrick take charge of the underground network of kidnapped children, inspiring them to believe that their past does not dictate their future and pledging to do the hardest thing of all. . .reunite the children with the homes they left behind. When they discover that one among them might be the child of a man who wants them dead, will everything they work for be lost? The Glass Castle is Book 1 of the Thirteen series. Look for... The Ruby Moon - Book 2 The Paper Boat - Book 3

Turning by Jessica J. Lee

Title Turning
Author Jessica J. Lee
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2017-05-02
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780735233270
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors “Jessica J. Lee is a writer of rare and exhilarating grace. In Turning, she sounds the depths of lakes and her own life, never flinching from darkness, surfacing to fresh understandings of her place in the welter of natural and human history. A beautiful, moody, bracing debut.” —Kate Harris, award-winning author of Lands of Lost Borders Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world Jessica J. Lee swims through all four seasons and especially loves the winter. "I long for the ice. The sharp cut of freezing water on my feet. The immeasurable black of the lake at its coldest. Swimming then means cold, and pain, and elation." At the age of twenty-eight, Jessica, who grew up in Canada and lived in England, finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is there, ostensibly, to write a thesis. And though that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history. This is the story of a beautiful obsession: of the thrill of a still, turquoise lake, of cracking the ice before submerging, of floating under blue skies, of tangled weeds and murkiness, of cool, fresh, spring swimming—of facing past fears of near-drowning and of breaking free. When she completes her year of swimming, Jessica finds she has new strength, and she has also found friends and has gained some understanding of how the landscape both haunts and holds us. This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using the body's strength, who knows what it is to abandon all thought and float home to the surface.

Title Incognegro A Graphic Mystery New Edition
Author Mat Johnson
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release Date 2018-02-06
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 136
ISBN 9781506705910
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed and fearless graphic novel features enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material. In the early 20th Century, when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South, a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were African-American men who, due to their light skin color, could "pass" among the white folks. They called this dangerous assignment going "incognegro." Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald, is sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay "incognegro" long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brother -- and himself. Suspenseful, unsettling and relevant, Incognegro is a tense graphic novel of shifting identities, forbidden passions, and secrets that run far deeper than skin color.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Title Concrete Rose
Author Angie Thomas
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2021-01-12
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780062846754
Language English, Spanish, and French
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International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood. If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison. Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control. Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different. When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Diane Arbus by Patricia Bosworth

Title Diane Arbus
Author Patricia Bosworth
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2012-06-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 396
ISBN 9781453244999
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“A spellbinding portrait” of the tumultuous life and artistic career of one of the most creative photographers of the 1960s (New York magazine). Diane Arbus became famous for her intimate and unconventional portraits of twins, dwarfs, sideshow performers, eccentrics, and everyday “freaks.” Condemned by some for voyeurism, praised by others for compassion, she was nonetheless a transformative figure in twentieth-century photography and hailed by all for her undeniable genius. Her life was cut short when she committed suicide in 1971 at the peak of her career. In the first complete biography of Arbus, author Patricia Bosworth traces the arc of Arbus’s remarkable life: her sheltered upper-class childhood and passionate, all-consuming marriage to Allan Arbus; her roles as wife and devoted mother; and her evolution from fashion photographer to critically acclaimed artist—one who forever altered the boundaries of photography.

Title Free Range Kids How to Raise Safe Self Reliant Children Without Going Nuts with Worry
Author Lenore Skenazy
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2010-04-19
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0470574755
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Examines the dangers that parents fear for their children and offers advice on how to raise safe, independent children.

Title Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten
Author Bob Graham
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1994
Category Neighborliness
Total Pages 32
ISBN OCLC:1151156500
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Rumor has it that Rose's neighbor, Mr. Wintergarten, has a pet crocodile that eats children. So when Rose's ball flies over his fence, she's scared to retrieve it. But when she bravely sets out to go where no child has gone before, she discovers the startling truth about her neighbor: he's friendly!

Obsession by Robin Storey

Title Obsession
Author Robin Storey
Publisher Robin Storey
Release Date 2020-02-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 121
ISBN PKEY:6610000251452
Language English, Spanish, and French
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He’s lonely and desperate. But he wants far more than her attention... The one thing Benny wants more than anything is a relationship. But he's not smart or good-looking, so women ignore him or run the other way. ​​Then Olivia moves into the neighbourhood. It’s love at first sight for Benny. Olivia is beautiful and kind, his fairy tale princess. But there are two big obstacles. Olivia doesn't love him. Yet. And her abusive ex-husband Lucas is still hanging around, making life difficult for her. ​​ There's only one course of action. But will it give Benny what he wants? If you love suspenseful stories with flawed characters who’ll touch your heart, you’ll love this novel you can read in one sitting.

The Last Resort by Susi Holliday

Title The Last Resort
Author Susi Holliday
Publisher Thomas & Mercer
Release Date 2020-11-05
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1542020018
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One perfect crime. When Amelia is invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat on a private island, the mysterious offer is too good to refuse. Along with six other strangers, she's told they're here to test a brand-new product for Timeo Technologies. But the guests' excitement soon turns to terror when the real reason for their summons becomes clear. Each guest has a guilty secret. And when they're all forced to wear a memory-tracking device that reveals their dark and shameful deeds to their fellow guests, there's no hiding from the past. This is no luxury retreat--it's a trap they can't get out of. As the clock counts down to the lavish end-of-day party they've been promised, injuries and in-fighting split the group. But with no escape from the island--or the other guests' most shocking secrets--Amelia begins to suspect that her only hope for survival is to be the last one standing. Can she confront her own dark past to uncover the truth--before it's too late to get out?

The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok

Title The Memory Palace
Author Mira Bartok
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2011-08-09
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 305
ISBN 9781439183328
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The daughter of piano prodigy Norma Herr describes how she and her sister were forced by their mother's violent schizophrenic episodes to discontinue contact with her until the author's debilitating injury changed her sense of the world and enabled a healing reconciliation.

Title Calcutta Chromosome A Novel PB
Author Amitav Ghosh
Publisher Penguin Books India
Release Date 2011-04-19
Category Indic fiction (English)
Total Pages 262
ISBN 9780143066552
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.