Driving with Dead People PDF/EPUB ✓ Driving with

Driving with Dead People PDF/EPUB ✓ Driving with

Driving with Dead People ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Driving with Dead People By Monica Holloway ✩ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Small wonder that, at nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home With a father who drives his Ford pickup with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case Small wonder that, at nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home With a father Driving with PDF or who drives his Ford pickup with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature footage of disasters than of his children, Monica is primed to become a morbid childYet in spite of her father s bouts of violence and abuse, her mother s selfishness and prim denial, and her siblings personal battles and betrayals, Monica never succumbs to despair Instead, she forges her own way, thriving at school and becoming fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town morticianShe and Julie prefer the casket showroom, where they take turns lying in their favorite coffins, to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies at the airport, yet even Monica s growing independence can t protect her from her parents irresponsibility, and from the feeling that she simply does not deserve to be safe Little does she know, as she finally strikes out on her own, that her parents biggest betrayal has yet to be revealedThroughout this remarkable memoir of her dysfunctional, eccentric, and wholly unforgettable family, Monica Holloway s prose shines with humor, clear eyed grace, and an uncommon sense of resilience Driving with Dead People is an extraordinary real life tale with a wonderfully observant and resourceful heroine.


10 thoughts on “Driving with Dead People

  1. Ruth Ruth says:

    This book was written by a woman from my hometown She was a year behind me in high school She has changed all the names of people and places in this memoir but I recognized them all Her story proves you never know what is really going on in someone else s life.


  2. Tania Tania says:

    I wished there had been obvious signs of destruction on all of us kids bruises or burn marks, something that indicated how violent our house was, but words and neglect don t leave visible marks.3.5 stars I read this book in two sittings, even though I thought it was off to a slow start I loved that the author s perspective changed as she grew up When she described things that happened to her at the start of the book, from a child s point of view, everything was almost fine with her Describi I wished there had been obvious signs of destruction on all of us kids bruises or burn marks, something that indicated how violent our house was, but words and neglect don t leave visible marks.3.5 stars I read this book in two sittings, even though I thought it was off to a slow start I loved that the author s perspective changed as she grew up When she described things that happened to her at the start of the book, from a child s point of view, everything was almost fine with her Describing these same behaviors situations as she got older, we got a very different view of them as she then sees them through the eyes of an adult So when I just started reading this book I kept on thinking really none of the things happening to her is so bad, why write a memoir about it But that s only because kids don t know any better, and will adapt to almost any situation It s only as we get older and realize that this is not the norm, and that it s very bad for me that we see things for what they are.I also loved the fact that she shows how people can react differently to the same situation She also does not judge her brother or sisters for all choosing their unique way of coping with their upbringing I just have to say that I have never despised a mother as much as I did in Driving with Dead People What a horrible, selfish, hypocritical person.I highly recommend this memoir, if you are happy to read upsetting stories, that have realistic no Hollywood treatment endings


  3. Melissa Melissa says:

    I read Glass Castle over a month before this book and I ve come to a profound conclusion I may not have had my parents as long as I d wanted, but they were great parents The girl in Glass Castle and now Monica Halloway, both endured child abuse most of their lives and their parents were around a LONG time My mom died when I as 24 and my dad when I was 17 I may have been a little sheltered, but they brought me up VERY well I always felt loved, that they were proud of me, and if they were dis I read Glass Castle over a month before this book and I ve come to a profound conclusion I may not have had my parents as long as I d wanted, but they were great parents The girl in Glass Castle and now Monica Halloway, both endured child abuse most of their lives and their parents were around a LONG time My mom died when I as 24 and my dad when I was 17 I may have been a little sheltered, but they brought me up VERY well I always felt loved, that they were proud of me, and if they were disappointed in me, I KNEW it, I FELT it in my heart, and I never wanted to do it again NO child deserves ANY type of abuse, and the worst part of these books was the fact I could NOT put it down I admire these two women Jeanette Walls Monica Halloway for their courage to tell their stories and to move on with their lives after the abuse they endured


  4. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    The book greatly affected me and I can t tell you how or why without spoilers 2017 Lenten nonfiction Buddy Reading Challenge book 36


  5. Shelley Shelley says:

    This book was a surprise You think that it s going to be about this little girl who ends up having an obsession with death and the mortuary and the story ends up being about something totally different Great story but it s not a good feeling book, if that is what you are looking for.


  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    I would give this memoir 2.5 stars if I could But with the plethora of good, thoughtful, emotive and cathartic memoirs out there Liar s Club, The Glass Castle , I can t say I gained much from this book aside from an interesting story The writing missed an ingredient that indicates introspection, compassion, even rage For all the dysfunction and I come from a highly dysfunctional background that might even eclipse this , I could never get behind this writer She reported her story to us, rat I would give this memoir 2.5 stars if I could But with the plethora of good, thoughtful, emotive and cathartic memoirs out there Liar s Club, The Glass Castle , I can t say I gained much from this book aside from an interesting story The writing missed an ingredient that indicates introspection, compassion, even rage For all the dysfunction and I come from a highly dysfunctional background that might even eclipse this , I could never get behind this writer She reported her story to us, rather than lived it with us Her friendship with the Kilner family is not developed to the extent she hints at throughout the memoir Generally there are uneven leaps backward and forward without interludes or reflections that provide the poetry necessary to elevate this from a sad tale of sub par parenting


  7. Kendra Kendra says:

    I didn t like this book as much as I thought I would It wasn t that it was a bad story per se, it was just that to me what makes memoirs good is that either 1 People can look back and laugh at their dysfunction because we are all a little dysfunctional or 2 That they can look back and say they have learned from their experience and that they have overcome what may have been a bad childhood or whatever This book does not do that Throughout the whole book, the author still seems bitter and I didn t like this book as much as I thought I would It wasn t that it was a bad story per se, it was just that to me what makes memoirs good is that either 1 People can look back and laugh at their dysfunction because we are all a little dysfunctional or 2 That they can look back and say they have learned from their experience and that they have overcome what may have been a bad childhood or whatever This book does not do that Throughout the whole book, the author still seems bitter and resentful about the experiences that she had in her childhood I understand that, but it doesn t make for a good memoir She should really seek some counseling and try to move on with her life I wouldn t recommend this book unless you are really really bored and desperate


  8. Alice Alice says:

    Not for the faint of heart So sad and disturbing The abuse the father inflicts on this family and the blind eye the mother turns to her children made me feel ill.


  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    An intriuging true story of a girl who has a horrific childhood addled with both abuse and sheer indifference at the hands of her parents Holloway becomes obsessed with death, as she sees this as the only viable option in her dark life, and ends up befriending the daughter of the town s funeral home owner Most kids have a summer job flipping burgers or scooping ice cream, Holloway spent summers in her teenage years driving with dead people, literally picking up dead bodies at the local airport An intriuging true story of a girl who has a horrific childhood addled with both abuse and sheer indifference at the hands of her parents Holloway becomes obsessed with death, as she sees this as the only viable option in her dark life, and ends up befriending the daughter of the town s funeral home owner Most kids have a summer job flipping burgers or scooping ice cream, Holloway spent summers in her teenage years driving with dead people, literally picking up dead bodies at the local airport and driving them back to the funeral home in the hearse As we follow her into adulthood, the stories from her childhood developmeaning and the terrible truth comes out at last


  10. Colleen Chi-Girl Colleen Chi-Girl says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Oh Monica Holloway THIS BOOK IS NOT TO BE MISSED.but don t expect to feel giddy or happy whilst reading it always wanted to say whilst It s incredibly comedic while at the same time, incredibly heart wrenching.This author keeps you entranced with her fast paced, real life childhood encounters She kept me laughing and crying, with my mouth open at times The hardest things about this book, and I found there were 2, were putting it down before midnight so I could get a decent night s sle Oh Monica Holloway THIS BOOK IS NOT TO BE MISSED.but don t expect to feel giddy or happy whilst reading it always wanted to say whilst It s incredibly comedic while at the same time, incredibly heart wrenching.This author keeps you entranced with her fast paced, real life childhood encounters She kept me laughing and crying, with my mouth open at times The hardest things about this book, and I found there were 2, were putting it down before midnight so I could get a decent night s sleep, and realizing this is a memoir it s REAL.which was incredibly heart breaking SPOILER No one should experience what this author did as a child, and I wanted to believe it was fabricated b c it was too much to be true Where were her guardian angels, damn it Her incredible ability to talk about her life and self in a self deprecating way, and to have you laugh and cry with her.were just incredible I couldn t put this book down She has an easy to read style, a great way of setting the story in the context of her youth in the Midwest, in the 60 70 s and loved her references to clothing, styles, etc., and she is just, well, so likable and FUNNY I m almost done with this book and will finish my review later And I heard this book will soon be a movie 2009 so you may want to read it beforehand.I first read an essay of Monica s in the book The Mommy Wars titled Red Boots and Cole Haans Google it and see if you find an excerpt It s about Monica s child.a must read.I finished the book but really have nothing else to add to this it says it all


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