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My favorite memoir is coming to the big screen August 11th!

In more than thirty years of reading memoirs, I believe The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the best written of any I’ve come across. Now, Lionsgate Films is bringing Walls’ family saga to life with Brie Larson as Walls, Woody Harrelson as her alcoholic father, and Naomi Watts as her eccentric mother.

When a movie comes out based on a book I love, I’m always a bit wary. Rarely does the film ever live up to my opinion of the book, but in this case, I’m hopeful. Walls spent time on the set of the movie, and in an interview with online magazine Bustle, Walls talked about the “emotional intelligence of the cast” and how she broke down into tears watching Harrelson depict her father. I’ll definitely buy a ticket to the movie and check it out. Click here to watch the trailer.

Also, listen to Martha Teichner’s interview of Jeannette Walls on CBS Sunday Morning and watch as Walls returns to Welch, West Virginia, and the remnants of her family’s home, which had no indoor plumbing.

If you’re a fast reader, buy The Glass Castle and savor it before the movie comes out. Then, decide for yourself if the movie does the book justice. Wall’s book has sold several million copies since it was first released in 2005. I’ve probably sold a few hundred copies because I talk about the book so much. Grab your copy and experience memoir writing at its best. See this month’s book review below for more information about the book.

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