Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson & Naomi Watts: Watch the trailer

When did you lose your sense of adventure?


Put this on your must-watch movies based on books this month. Based on the best selling memoir from Jeanette Wall, The Glass Castle looks both heartbreaking and soaring. It is amazing the childhoods some people overcome; their survival stories are their legacy. 

Here's how the movie's logline sums it up:
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
The Glass Castle stars Brie Larson (Room) as Jeannette Walls with Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson as her parents. 

The memoir was on the NY Times bestseller list for over six years. The movie comes out on August 11th, time to read it first if you haven't already. 


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 embrace 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 memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Over on my writing blog I've shared a lot of my own short pieces about parts of my life. Call them memoir—or self-indulgent! Someday, I've thought from time to time, I'll put them together in a book. Seeing how the bestselling novelist is able to write honestly about a life so full, rich and troubled makes me think I'll put them in a drawer instead.

Kudos to Walls for going so deep down into the darkness, sharing a truth most people would prefer to keep muffled.

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