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National Book Festival

Jeannette Walls has been a reporter for "New York" magazine, "Esquire," "USA Today" and MSNBC.com, where she currently works. Her memoir, "The Glass Castle" (2006), was a New York Times best-seller and is being turned into a movie by Paramount. It reveals Walls' painful, deprived childhood and a life she once viewed as a shameful secret. Walls is also the author of "Dish: The Inside Story of the World of Gossip." Her newest work is "Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel," the story of her grandmother, will be published this October. Walls lives in Virginia.

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Jeannette Walls