I have been in a book club for over 12 years now and have read two of Jeannette Walls books: Glass Castles and Half Broke Horses. Each book invoked intense discussions about family, obligations, and quality of life. They are wonderful accounts of her family and her life. Glass Castles is an especially moving story of what it was like for her to grow up in poverty- literally starving all of the time. I encouraged both of my daughters to read her book so that they could appreciate how much they really have. Books like these remind me as a parent that there are three things that I am ethically required to provide to my children to ensure that they grow up to be decent human beings: love, food, and shelter. As Jeannette's brother states at the end of the book, it is really that simple.