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  • Rex
  • "Your mother should have taken you to that witch doctor the day that you got burned" Dad said "Not these heads-up-their-a@@es med -school quacks" pg 13
  • " Damn, honey" he said. "You Busted your snot locker pretty good' pg 31
  • Rosemary
  • "Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy'. mom told me 'You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more'." pg 129
  • "Mom frowned at me 'you'd be destroying what makes you special' she said 'it's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty'." pg 38
  • Brian
  • "just back off now, and everyone can walk way with all their limbs still attached" pg 45
  • "It's really not that hard to put food on the table...if...you decide to" pg 288
  • "when dad wasnt telling us about all the amazing things he has already done, he was telling us about the wondrous things he was going to do. like build the glass castle" all of dads engineering skills and mathmemtical genius were coming together in one special project: a great big house he was going going to build for us in the desert" pg 23I wondered if (dad) was remembering how he was too, he had left welch full of vinegar at age 17 and just convinced as I was now that he'd never return I wondered if he was hoping that his favorite girl would come back, or if he was hoping that unlike him she would make it out for good" pg 241.We should drink a toast to Rex" John said mom stared at the ceiling, miming perplexed thought"I've got it" she helped up he glass"life with your father was never boring" pg 288 
  • Lori
  • "that'll make mom think we're taking Dads side" she said."it would only make it worse.let them work it out" pg70
  • " until then when I though of writers, what first came to mind was mom hunched over her typewriter, clattering away on her novels and play and philosophies of life and occasionally receiving a personalized rejection letter" She snuggles into bed with them looking up from time to time saying she was sorry she knew she should be doing something more productive, but like dad, she had her addictions and one of them was reading" pg 168because we never subscribed to the newspaper or magazines, I'd never know what was going on in the world except for the skewed version of events we got from mom and dad" pg205
  • Jeannette
  • "That was the thing about the hospital. You never had to worry about running out of stuff like food or ice cream or even chewing gum. I would have been happy staying in that hospital forever. pg 12
  • "Out of the ornery of my eye, I saw a small grimy hand reach up a few inches from my face and grab a handful of cubes. I heard a loud crunching sound and looked down it was brain eating ice" pg 10"'besides," dad said, "Brians head is so hard I think to floor took more damage than he did" Brian thought that was hilarious and just laughed and laughed" pg13"She told me we could always get another cat and now Quixote wasn't going to be a wild cat, which was much more fun than being a house cat. Brain afraid that dad might toss juju out the window as well held the bog tight" pg 18
  • Marureen
  • "then they flew at each other, tussling and flying and pulling hair locked together with Brian and we cheering on lord until we woke up uncle Stanley who straggered into the room and pushed them apart "pg147"shortly after we moved in, mom, Lori, and I measured one another and tried to make our own dresses"pg153"lori was the most obsessive reader"pg168
  • "I wonder what life will be like now" l said to Lori"the same" she said"he tried stopping before, but never lasted""this time it will" "how do you know""its his presents to me " pg118
  • "the next day the saguaros and prickly pears were fat form drinking as much as they could, because they know it might be a long, long time until the next rain. We were sort of like cactus. We ate irregularly, when we did we gorge ourselves." pg 22" one benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by" pg88"situations like this, I realized, were what turned people into hypocrites" pg 8 
  • "I was sitting in the taxi, wondering id I had over dressed for the evening when I looked out the window and saw mom rooting through a dumpster" pg 3
  • "Maureen stabbed Mom""Maureen is sentenced to a hospital for a year".Maureen had been living with Mom and Dad and getting even crazier than the two of them combined.
  • "She kept saying that rat was coming to get her"156
  • "where dad?" Maureen asked all the time" pg67
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