Jeannette Walls - book author
Jeannette Walls is a writer and journalist.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, she graduated with honors from Barnard College, the women's college affiliated with Columbia University. She published a bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, in 2005. The book was adapted into a film and released to theaters in August, 2017.
Jeannette Walls is the author of books: The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses, The Silver Star, Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip, Ontembare paarden / Het glazen kasteel, FIRST LOOK: Die andere Seite des Himmels, Half Broke Horses (B2): A True-Life Novel. Englische Lektüre ab dem 6. Lernjahr, Half Broke Horses: Textbook, Half Broke Horses. EinFach Englisch ...verstehen: Interpretationshilfe, Angela's Ashes: (Frank McCourt Series, Book #1)
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they 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 physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story.
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls's no nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane. And, with her husband Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.
Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix audiences everywhere.
An impetuous optimist, Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears stories about why their mother left Virginia in the first place. Money is tight, and the sisters start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, foreman of the mill in town, who bullies his workers, his tenants, his children, and his wife. Liz is whip-smart--an inventor of word games, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, nonconformist, but when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz in the car with Maddox.
Jeannette Walls has written a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws and injustices.
'Die ouwe koeien wisten eerder dat er onheil dreigde dan wij.' Zo begint het levensverhaal van Lily Casey Smith, de grootmoeder van Jeannette Walls.
Lily, geboren in 1901, groeit op in Texas. Het pioniersbestaan is hard en Lily ontwikkelt al jong een talent om te overleven. Op zesjarige leeftijd is ze beter in het temmen van de paarden dan haar vader. Samen met haar echtgenoot Jim runt ze een enorme ranch in Arizona. Ze leert autorijden en een vliegtuig besturen. En ze brengt op geheel eigen wijze twee kinderen groot. Lily heeft lak aan conventies, is stoer, vindingrijk en voor de duvel niet bang. Ze overleeft tornado's, droogtes, overstromingen, de Grote Depressie, maar ook een hartverscheurende persoonlijke tragedie.
Het glazen kasteel
'Ik zat in een taxi en vroeg me af of mijn parelketting niet te formeel was voor het feest waar ik heen ging, toen ik mijn moeder herkende terwijl ze in een vuilnisbak stond te graaien, met vodden om haar schouders tegen de voorjaarskou.' In dit aangrijpende levensverhaal beschrijft Jeannette Walls haar jeugd als oudste van de vier kinderen in een gezin dat zonder vaste woonplaats en in bittere armoede leeft. Hoe ze als driejarige knakworstjes stond op te warmen en zich vreselijk verbrandde, hoe haar vader telkens weer ontslagen werd. Hoe haar moeder het land dat ze erfde niet wilde verkopen, ook al zou dat een einde maken aan de financiële zorgen. Hoe ze liever in kartonnen dozen sliepen dan in bedden, omdat het zo gezellig was. Hoeveel zij hield van haar volstrekt onverantwoordelijke ouders, en hoe ze haar keer op keer teleurstelden.
"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."
So begins the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy-- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling-- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.
Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors--yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.