Happy Birthday, Jeannette Walls, born 21 April 1960
- Everything in life is grey, you know.
- My advice to anyone is to figure out what you’re good at – what it is that you love doing the most in life – and figure out a way to make a living from it.
- Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
- I find books that have a moral and spiritual center, that speak to what is really important and lasting, hugely appealing.
- I sit down at my desk pretty early in the morning and write all day until about 4 or 5 p.m.
- Some people who’ve read my story think I had a terrible childhood and that I was neglected or even abused, while others feel that my parents, while certainly flawed, also had truly wonderful qualities. And that’s the way it should be, because in real life two people can look at the same president and one will see a hero and the other a villain.
- Memoir is about handing over you life to someone and saying, This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.
Walls is an American writer and journalist. She is the author of The Glass Castle, a memoir which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks.
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