If You Like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

If You Like The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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 embraceThe Glass Castle movie 2017 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 beloved memoir that has lived on the bestseller list for more than seven years. (catalog summary)

The Glass Castle is an upcoming American drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film is based on Jeannette Walls's 2005 memoir of the same name and is written by Cretton, Andrew Lanham, and Marti Noxon. It stars Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, and Sarah Snook. The film is scheduled to be released on August 11, 2017, by Lionsgate. See the trailer for the new movie below.

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The trailer for The Glass Castle, in theaters August 11, 2017.