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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 may like if you liked The Glass Castle.

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The Liars' Club
A Memoir
Mary Karr - 2005-05-31 (first published in 1995)
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This award-winning memoir takes you on a hilarious yet heartbreaking journey through Mary Karr's childhood in an east Texas oil town, filled with darkly comedic characters and family secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Considered a masterpiece of the memoir genre, this book will leave you both deeply moved and unable to put it down.
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North of Normal
A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both
Cea Sunrise Person - 2014-06-24
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A memoir of survival in the Canadian wilderness. Cea Sunrise Person recounts her upbringing in a counterculture commune, where her family lived without modern amenities and flourished in a carefree lifestyle. However, as she grows older, she begins to question her unusual upbringing and goes on a search for a more traditional life, leading to an unexpected and challenging journey. North of Normal is a captivating and inspiring story of self-discovery and resilience.
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Bastard Out of Carolina
A Novel
Dorothy Allison - 2005-09-06 (first published in 1992)
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This novel is a profound exploration of family dynamics in the rural South. At its core is Bone, a young girl who sees the world with a mercilessly keen eye. But as she navigates a vicious stepfather and a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother Anney, Bone finds herself caught in a harrowing tangle that leads to a final encounter from which there can be no turning back. Critically acclaimed and compared to the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird, this book is a must-read for fans of Southern literature.
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David Sedaris - 1998-01-01 (first published in 1997)
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This humorous, heartfelt book takes a unique approach to memoir writing. Through hilarious anecdotes about his family and colorful storytelling, the author presents his unconventional worldview with a sharp tongue and generous heart. From impersonations of a nervous child to a Kerouac-inspired journey with a quadriplegic companion, this book is an entertaining and poignant exploration of life, death, and everything in between.
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Return to Earth
Colonel Ediwn E. "Buzz" Aldrin - 1973-01-01
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Colonel Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, a member of the Apollo 11 crew, tells about his adventures on the moon, and about the aftermath when, as an international celebrity, he has to face the consequences of sudden fame, its rewards and its penalties....
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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
Dorothy Allison - 1996-08-01 (first published in 1995)
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A lyrical and complex memoir that explores family history and the power of gossip to become legends. Follow the story of the Gibson women and the men who loved and abused them, as author Dorothy Allison uses vivid clarity to delve into the surprising nature of desire and the strength of her unique vision. Illustrated with personal photographs, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure is a brutally honest and eloquent read that expresses hard-won wisdom.
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Abandon Me
Melissa Febos - 2017-02-28
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"Abandon Me" by Melissa Febos is a stunning memoir that explores the nature of identity and art through the lens of love and loss. Febos weaves together her experiences reconnecting with her birth father, her relationship with the sea captain who raised her, and a passionate long-distance love affair, exploring the themes of compulsion, self-erasure, and obsession. With visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures the intense bonds of connection and the fear and exhilaration of losing oneself in another. This memoir is a fearless exploration of the deep truths of the human experience.
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Coming Clean
A Memoir
Kimberly Rae Miller - 2013-07-23
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This mesmerizing memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller reveals her experience growing up in a rat-infested home due to her father's painful hoarding disorder. Miller eloquently shares the emotional burden of hiding her father's shameful secret from her friends for years and the resulting suicide attempt. Despite the odds, Miller beautifully sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents, recognizing where she comes from, and the power of recovery and redemption.
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Let Me Finish
Roger Angell - 2007-06-04 (first published in 2006)
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"Let Me Finish" by Roger Angell is a charming memoir that takes us back to the Prohibition-era New York, where the author reminisces about his eccentric family members, his love for baseball, and his long career as a writer and editor for the New Yorker. From Sunday roasts, ice skating, and radio broadcasts about the fall of Paris, to funny anecdotes and intimate portraits, this unsentimental autobiography is infused with pleasure and sadness, and a love for life's better moments.
An Abbreviated Life by Ariel Leve
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Blush by Shirley Showalter
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
Happy Days by Shana Alexander
My Life in Orange by Tim Guest
Sound Of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
All over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward