What Are Some Key Details From Author Jeannette Walls' Life and Work?


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Jeannette Walls is a non-fiction writer and journalist who is known for her book "The Glass Castle: A Memoir," which has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than seven years as of 2015. "The Glass Castle" is an inside look at Jeannette Walls' childhood in a nomadic family with a drunk father and free spirit mother who was not interested in raising her children.

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Jeannette Walls was born on April 21, 1960 and attended Barnard College before starting a career as a journalist in New York. Her first job was at "The Phoenix," a Brooklyn newspaper. Then, she moved to "New York Magazine" to write the "Intelligencer" column from 1987 to 1993. She eventually ended up at MSNBC in 1998 to write a gossip column called "Scoop." She wrote the column until she quit to become a full-time writer in 2007.

In addition to "The Glass Castle," Jeannette Walls has written three other novels: "Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel," "Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip" and "The Silver Star: A Novel." "The Silver Star" and "Half Broke Horses" were instant New York Times bestsellers. Jeanette Walls currently lives on a farm in Virginia with her husband, John Taylor.

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