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Enjoyed The Glass Castle? We’ve scoured the web for book blogs and looked at all of their recommendations for books that are similar to The Glass Castle. Here are 27 books that you’ll like if you liked The Glass Castle.

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The Liars' Club
A Memoir
Mary Karr - May 31, 2005 (first published in 1995)
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When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's The Liars Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr's comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger's—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister wh...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou - Apr 21, 2009 (first published in 1969)
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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mothers side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her ageand has to live with the consequen...
Sound Of Gravel
Ruth Wariner - Apr 25, 2017
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A riveting, deeply-affecting true story of one girl's coming-of-age in a polygamist cult.Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At churc...
Men We Reaped
A Memoir
Jesmyn Ward - Sep 16, 2014
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'...And then we heard the rain falling, and that was the drops of blood falling; and when we came to get the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.' Harriet TubmanIn five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five men in her life, to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these...
North of Normal
A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both
Cea Sunrise Person - Jun 23, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher....
In the Country We Love
My Family Divided (Updated With New Material)
Diane Guerrero - May 30, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. ...
Bastard Out of Carolina
A Novel
Dorothy Allison - Feb 01, 2012 (first published in 1992)
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A profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural South and "an essential novel" (The New Yorker) ...
All over but the Shoutin'
Rick Bragg - Sep 08, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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The extraordinary gifts for evocation and insight and the stunning talent for storytelling that earned Rick Bragg a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996 are here brought to bear on the wrenching story of his own family's life. It is the story of a violent, war-haunted, alcoholic father and a strong-willed, loving mother who struggled to prote...
Angela's Ashes
A Memoir
Frank McCourt - May 25, 1999 (first published in 1996)
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Imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion. This is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic."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 ...
Naked
David Sedaris - Jun 01, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview—a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of...
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Little Fires Everywhere
A Novel
Celeste Ng - May 07, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of...
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
Return to Earth by Colonel Ediwn E. "Buzz" Aldrin
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
Blush by Shirley Showalter
An Abbreviated Life by Ariel Leve
Let Me Finish by Roger Angell
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Happy Days by Shana Alexander
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
My Life in Orange by Tim Guest