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The Glass Castle Tough-o-Meter

By Jeannette Walls

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base Camp

The Walls family should call their various homes "base camp," because they're more like a camp than a home. They give new meaning to roughing it, living in places without plumbing or electricity. Compared to the years of hardships Jeannette lives through, her memoir is a breezy read. She has a readable style—and an occasional dash of humor to lighten darker moments.