From the book jacket: Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn
nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose
Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like
nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains.
Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his
children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all,
how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and
couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called
herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed
in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that
might last forever.
Later, when ...
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