Imagine glancing out the car window and seeing your mother picking through the garbage.

That was a reality for author Jeannette Walls — but she turned what some would call shame into hope and is sharing her message of survival with other women.

“I was embarrassed and thought, ‘What am I going to tell people?’ and I asked my mother and she said, ‘Tell them the truth,’” Walls told Metro.


Walls is the author of the book about her remarkable life story of survival called The Glass Castle and was in Calgary yesterday to sign copies. Part of the proceeds of the books sold is going towards the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES).

“There is no shame in living a life like that. But there is a point when you should just ask for help. It’s OK to ask for help.”

Executive director of the CWES told Metro the shelter is spreading the same message of hope, redemption and survival.

“We are all about hope here, helping give hope to women and children and their families, and we want them to know there are alternatives and options out there,” she said.

Copies of the book, The Glass Castle, can be found at select retail outlets in Calgary.

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