I-Search Student GuideWhile we are reading Jeannette Wall’s memoir, the Glass Castle, you will complete an I-search on an issue/topic related to the text. Below is a list of possible topics that you might want to research and develop your question about.
Why Read Memoir?Historically, memoir was considered a “lower” form of writing, not worthy of being labeled real literature. It was too personal, too self-absorbed for the critics of decades past. Even in the last few decades, memoir has been considered a popular genre rather than a literary genre, often treated with the same amusement as John Grisham novels among literary types.
However, the past two decades or so have seen a renaissance for the memoir form. Authors like Tobias Wolff, Mary Karr and Cheryl Strayed have inserted the memoir into the front and center of literary conversations, merging humor, self-critical honesty and epiphany into books that not only keep the pages turning, but change minds, hearts and — perhaps more importantly —perspectives about the world we inhabit, past and present.
An Interview with Jeannette WallsWalls and her life story will reach an even larger audience as the long-in-the-making movie adaptation of her memoir opens in theaters this week. She sat down in Washington, D.C., with RogerEbert.com to discuss her days as a disher of celebrity dirt, how it feels to have an Oscar winner like Brie Larson play her adult self and why so many continue to be drawn to her colorful account of her unusual past.