Looking for a shared Buckeye Experience? Each year first year students on all of Ohio State’s campuses have the opportunity to participate in the Buckeye Book Community. Interested first-year students are given a reading selection during orientation and are asked to complete the reading before they return to campus to be prepared to discuss and analyze what they have read. The experience culminates with a visit from the featured author.
This Year’s Pick:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Critics have called Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, “spectacular," “extraordinary,” “incredible” and “riveting.” It has been a New York Times best seller for more than four years, has sold 3.5 million copies in the United States alone, has been translated into 22 languages and is being made into a movie by Paramount.
In The Glass Castle, Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and the brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them and teach them to face their fears.
The story is at times harrowing and at times hilarious as the children go without food and indoor plumbing yet are encouraged to read Shakespeare and dream of the beautiful glass house they will all one day build. Despite all her hardships, Walls develops the determination to leave West Virginia on her own at the age of sixteen, move to New York City, enroll in Barnard College and eventually become a well-known columnist for New York magazine and MSNBC.com and a television personality.
The Glass Castle Lecture:
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Conard Performance Hall (Riedl Hall)
The author’s lecture will be a live stream from Columbus. She will discuss her book that recounts her unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of her deeply dysfunctional parents. Selling over 2.5 million copies, this book spent 261 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and is now under development as a film by Paramount
Want to join in the discussion?
You can choose from 4 sections of ASC 1101: Buckeye Book Experience. View AU14 Schedule.