Jeannette Walls, like her contemporaries Mary Gordon and Mary
Karr, has lived a life of unfathomable pain and tragedy, yet has
managed to use the hurt as inspiration for great literary works.
THE GLASS CASTLE --- her memoir of growing up in a most
unconventional family --- was transcendent in style, wit and
unimaginable honesty, and dealt with things that would horrify most
people, like passing a homeless woman on the streets of Manhattan
and realizing that that is your mother. I don't know how you top