Jeannette Walls

I was glued to this book when I first read it, at least 15 years ago now. The visuals of what it was like to grow up in such a world of such a unique kind of dysfunction, and the author’s way of making you feel like you’re there and part of this family’s life is amazing.


When I see people digging around in dumpsters, I think of this book. When I hear about people who made it through terrible circumstances and created happy lives for themselves, or see a young child taking on tasks that are really for adults (like cooking a hot dog on the stove…), or find siblings taking care of each other in spite of their parents, I think of this book.


            “I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.”