After nearly eight years serving up the Scoop, Jeannette Walls is leaving msnbc.com. Her final Scoop column appeared on Thursday, July 26. She will be turning her full-time attention to another kind of writing — books. She has enjoyed tremendous success with her memoir “The Glass Castle,” (for those of you who haven’t read it yet, it’s a must read). Published in March 2005, it is still on many bestseller lists.
The msnbc.com family will miss her tremendously and we wish her only the best. We are looking for a new columnist to deliver the daily Scoop — more details on that soon. In the meantime, please join us in wishing Jeannette the best of luck by sending us your good wishes and memories of your favorite Scoop columns.
Well wishes for Jeannette Walls from our readers:
I eat my breakfast at work, and it is the perfect time to indulge in The Scoop. I too just learned that you are the author of one of my favorite books, “The Glass Castle,” and was so pleasantly surprised! I will miss your perspective when scooping out the dish, but I so look forward to what you have to offer in another book. Good luck and best wishes! —Deborah
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I have always enjoyed reading Jeannette’s Scoop! I always take a few minutes of my day to read her spin on the world of entertainment! She will be missed! Best of luck to you Jeannette on your new adventure! I look forward to reading more of your work! —Rebecca
What a bummer that you will be leaving!! The Scoop is the reason I read the rest of the articles on MSNBC.com! But good for you in pursuing your passion! I wish you nothing but the best and I guess I’ll have to find another scoop! Hopefully, this Web site will host another since I have grown to really like it! --Kristen
Dear Jeanette, I read “The Glass Castle” when it first came out and connected with it not only because it was similar to my childhood but brutally honest and beautifully written as well. I have enjoyed reading The Scoop but am so excited to read more of your books! Best wishes. —Kristi
The Scoop is really the only reason I clicked on to MSNBC on a daily basis. I will definitely miss it. Best wishes in your future endeavors. —Mike
What a great opportunity for you! I have been a fan for a long time and your story is one of love and courage for all who are privileged to read it. I enjoyed the ups and downs of your story and it helped me realize that some of my issues are trivial, and to look at the big picture. Best of luck to you and I can’t wait to read your next book. We will miss your “gossip with panache.” —Lisa
Best wishes to you, Jeannette. I know you will always succeed because you have inner strength and tenacity as well as talent and sensitivity. As long as you continue to write books, I will read them. I LOVED “The Glass Castle.” —Rikki
I have been reading you column for the last eight years or so and I feel like I am losing a one of my best gossip girlfriends in the hair salon. Best of luck to you in all your endeavors! —Mita
Good luck in your new endeavors. I look forward to your next book. “The Glass Castle” was excellent, I just finished it. You and Frank McCourt must get together and share your stories. How you two ever made it out of those lives and created such successful lives now, I will never know, but am so glad that you did. Good luck to you. You will be missed. I enjoy your column. — Pam
I hope whoever is in charge, picks someone as talented, interesting and funny as you are to do the column after you are gone! — Elizabeth
Jeannette is an inspiration for children and adults who survive difficult childhoods. I enjoyed “The Glass Castle” immensely, and as a pediatrician, I was stunned by the adversity she and her siblings overcame with such a sense of love and loyalty toward each other and their parents. I also read Scoop often and will miss her on msnbc.com, but I look forward to her new literary efforts! – Danelle
I always enjoy reading the Scoop, and I loved “The Glass Castle.” The fact that she could tell her story without a trace of bitterness made it that much more effective. Parts of it were like a punch in the gut, but you knew that this little girl was so, so strong. — Adrianne
Best of luck! I have tremendously enjoyed your column on a daily basis and consider you THE source for entertainment news. You are a class act that stands head and shoulders above the trashy Perez’ and TMZ’ of this world. — Rick
You will be greatly missed. I’m an incessant Scoop reader and until now didn’t realize that you were also the author of one of my all time favorite books, “The Glass Castle.” My favorite books have been about people who overcome adverse situations to live normal and even successful lives. I’ve had a pretty unique childhood and love reading other people’s stories about their lives and how they turned out to be OK. You’re truly an inspiration and I’m looking forward to reading any more books you decide to write. — Sarah
Thank you for your book “The Glass Castle.” I just finished it and can’t get it off of my mind. What tremendous strength it took to leave that town in West Virginia. I also came from a small town in Appalachia and have an understanding of how hard it is to leave and how many people never leave. I was particularly impressed with the way you recalled your childhood down to the smallest detail. What a great gift you have and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. I wish you the best luck in the future and look forward to reading you next book. — Kent
I just wanted you to know that “The Glass Castle” touched my heart. It’s beautifully written and I related to so much of what you and your brother and sister went through. Thank you for sharing your story. — Dawn
How dare you leave me … LOL. I am going to miss the Scoop so very much. But after just finishing “The Glass Castle,” I know that this is your calling. You were born to write books. I had to put this book down so many times to take a blood pressure pill that my husband asked me, “Why are you reading this book?” You took me on a ride that I shall never forget. Jeannette, you are one very strong lady. I can hardly wait to read your next book. I wish you the best of luck. — Judith
Best of luck to you Jeannette! I never made the connection until now that you are the same person! I LOVED your memoir, “The Glass Castle” and recommend it to EVERYONE to read. It is literally the first book I read that kept my attention the entire time since being diagnosed with breast cancer last year. (I am on the road to an excellent prognosis.) I admire your perseverance, your strength and courage that you demonstrated every single day of your childhood! You are amazing!! I look forward to reading your next accomplishment! — Monica
Jeannette, I will miss reading your columns. They were like a little stolen break during my day... Good luck! — Gloria
Our book club read “The Glass Castle” several months ago and everyone loved it. I see people reading it on the subway and often say something about how amazing it is and they share the same feelings. Congrats to you and best of luck. — Kathleen
I read “The Glass Castle” and enjoyed it tremendously. I was also shocked and upset by the way you were raised and what you and your siblings endured. I admire you for your honesty and your candid comments, and also for your forgiveness and understanding of them. It would be so easy to be bitter. You obviously are an optimist! Best wishes to you as you go forth...and I will be watching for any books you write! – Mary
Jeannette: I always read your column and was extremely touched by your book. What an incredible life you had and how you made always the best of it. You are an incredible writer and I can’t wait to read your next book. Your book should be given to read to all those spoiled troubled tabloid celebrities on their way to rehab as an example of making lemonade out of lemons. All the best luck to you! — Ruben
Jeanette, I wish you the best of luck! I read “The Glass Castle” and it was such a moving book. I recommend it to everyone! You will be missed, but I have to say I’m excited that you have decided to concentrate on your writing. I will be one of the first in line when your new book comes out! — Alexia
What?!!!!! Where am I going to get my info now? I will miss you. Godspeed. — Sly
Wonderful news that Jeannette Walls will be contributing even more of her talented prose to the literary world. “The Glass Castle” is a favorite of mine — the copy I own is dog-eared and worn from loaning it out to so many people. Good luck on your new life adventure, Jeannette! My morning routine will be sorely lacking when I can no longer read your take on celebrity through the Scoop. — Jenn
Hi Jeannette! I have been a big fan of yours for years. I love The Scoop. I check it first thing every morning when I get to work. Although I am sad you are leaving The Scoop, I will definitely read any other books you eventually publish. “The Glass Castle” was an amazing book and you told your story in such a fascinating way with no self pity, which I was really impressed with. So many others in your position would have just thrown in the towel. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors! — Jenny
Best wishes Jeannette. You’ve always brought the gossip with a a pinch of respect and a dash of class — never mean spirited and often with a sense of humor. — Wade
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