The Glass Castle Readalikes

If you were fascinated by Jeannette Wall’s tale of an extremely dysfunctional family and would like to read other books that explore troubled childhoods and how someone rose above them, try one of these titles. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Barnes, Kim. In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country. 1996. (818.54 B2612.in).

Bolton, Ruthie Mae. Gal: A True Life. 1994 (B B6945.ga).

Bragg, Rick. All Over but the Shoutin’. 1997. (B B8135.aL).
     Also available: Large Type

Bridge, Andrew. Hope's Boy. 2008. (362.733 B).
     Also available: CD

Burroughs, Augusten. Running With Scissors: A Memoir. 2002. (B B9721.ru).
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Darst, Jeanne. Fiction Ruined My Family. 2011. (B D2259.fi).

Dobie, Kathy. The Only Girl in the Car. 2003. (B D6335.on).

Fuller, Alexandra. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. 2001. (968.9104 F).

Gregory, Julie. Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood. 2003.
(B G8186.si).

Helget, Nicole Lea. The Summer of Ordinary Ways. 2005. (B H4746.su).

Karr, Mary. The Liars’ Club. 1995. (B K1877.Li).
     Also available: Large Type

Kayson, Susanna. Girl, Interrupted. 1993. (616.89 K).
     Also available: Large Type

Kim, Elizabeth. Ten Thousand Sorrows: The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan. 2000. (B K4914.te).
     Also available: CD

Lauck, Jennifer. Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found. 2000. (B L3664.bL).

Lyden, Jacki. Daughter of the Queen of Sheba. 1997. (B L9835.da).

MacDonald, Michael P. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. 1999. (974.46104 M).

Mah, Adeline Yen. Falling Leaves: A True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. 1997. (B M2141.fa).
     Also available: Large Type

McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother. 1996.
(B M1197ma).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Moses, Kate. Cakewalk. 2010. (B M9114.ca).

Moss, Barbara Robinette. Change Me Into Zeus’ Daughter. 1999. (B M9133.ch).

Murray, Liz. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. 2010. (362.74092 M).
     Also available: CD, eBook

Rhodes, Richard. A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood. 1990. (B R4775.ho).

Scheeres, Julia. Jesus Land. 2005. (B S3155.je).

Smith, Alison. Name All the Animals. 2004. (155.937 S).
     Also available: eAudiobook

Summer, Lauralee. Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars. 2003. (B S9554.Le).

Wilsey, Sean. Oh the Glory of It All. 2005. (B W7465.oh).
     Also available: CD

Wolff, Tobias. This Boy’s Life. 1989. (B W85595.th).

Zailckas, Koren. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood. 2005. (B Z214.sm).
     Also available: CD