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Driving with Dead People: A Memoir by [Monica Holloway]

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Driving with Dead People: A Memoir Kindle Edition

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"Driving with Dead People is a heartbreaking, hilarious, and page-turning read. In the space of one sentence Monica Holloway can break your heart and make you laugh out loud at the same time. Her memoir has the momentum of a good mystery novel -- the kind you stay up all night reading to find out what happens to the heroine, because you love her so much. This is a stunning debut of a writer who deals with difficult material and makes it fresh and moving."

-- Barbara Abercrombie, author of Writing Out the Storm and Courage & Craft

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Death lurks everywhere in Holloway's childhood. A neighbor boy accidentally shoots and kills a train conductor; a little girl is mowed down by a motorist. Her father's main hobby is filming grisly car wrecks and natural disasters, and her best friend's family runs the town mortuary. Observing the dead in their coffins, Monica wonders: would she be better off in a casket than alive in her parents' home? In this memoir, Holloway (an actress turned writer) tackles the horrifyingly familiar story of father/daughter incest: the secrecy that surrounds it and the ways it corrodes families from the inside out. Even though her memories of the abuse were repressed, evidence cropped up everywhere, from her chronic bed-wetting and compulsive lying as a girl to her adult attraction to abusive men; when her older sister, JoAnn, comes forward with her recollections, Holloway begins to remember her own trauma. As a writer, Holloway might not be in Mary Karr's league, but her blunt sentences deliver the unvarnished truth. In coming to terms with her tragedy, Holloway writes, "Knowing there is no cavalry is much better than hoping for a cavalry that never comes." Her memoir sings with the power of a disenfranchised woman finally finding her own voice, and her brutal memoir is hard to forget. (Mar.)
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000NY1214
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery Books (March 6, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 6, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 879 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1416955127
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Monica Holloway is the critically acclaimed author of the memoir "Driving With Dead People," described by Newsweek as "unforgettable," Glamour christened this work "a classic," and the Washington Post deemed it "irresistible." Holloway contributed to the anthology "The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater" and "Mommy Wars," from which her essay "Red Boots and Cole Haans" was described by Newsday as "brilliant, grimly hilarious."

Holloway’s new bestselling memoir, "Cowboy & Wills," is the story of her lovable, brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the remarkable dog that coaxes him into the world. PEOPLE magazine commented: "Readers would do well to listen to this sweet and heartbreaking tale of boy-dog love. There are so many of us, with or without autism, who have our animals to thank for helping us connect." The Washington Post called "Cowboy & Wills" "charming" and the author "forthright and winning."

"Cowboy & Wills" is the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient for 2010.

Monica is an official spokesperson for the National Center for Family Literacy and Autism Speaks, raising awareness and participation for two issues she cares about deeply as a mother and author. She is the recipient of 2011 Women of Distinction Award from the Special Needs Network for work in the community.

Holloway lives in Los Angeles with her family and two golden retrievers, a hamster, four hermit crabs, three dumpy frogs, two rabbits and six neon tetras.

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