In the tradition of Mary Karr's, "The Liar's Club" and Rick Bragg's, "All Over But the Shoutin", Walls has written a stunning and life affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family.
That summary doesn't do this book justice. This is an awesome book. It's disturbing yet fascinating. I couldn't put it down because it is an absolutely amazing story. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and how if you work hard, have hope, and never give up, you can accomplish anything. It illustrates how we all come to a point in our lives when we can choose to be different. We may be a product of our childhoods, but we don't have to be a prisoner to it.
I think Jeannette Walls and her brother and sisters are an inspiration. I cannot imagine a child growing up this way, yet I know it happens every day. The most surprising thing about this book for me was the lack of bitterness on Jeannette Wall's part. And believe me if anyone has a right to be angry and bitter about her childhood it's Walls, but she's just not. She seems to be at peace with it, and she even says in the book that she's thankful for her childhood because it made her who she is today. Amazing! This is a book worth reading.