Driving with Dead People

Driving with Dead People

by Monica Holloway
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Driving with Dead People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Mom2ThreeGirls More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was easy to read. I felt as though I was in the room with Ms. Holloway and she was just telling me her story. When you have a rough childhood and an equally difficult adult life, it takes great courage to tell your story. Perhaps even greater courage to admit it was hard to handle. My favorite parts of the book were when Ms Holloway and Julie were at the Funeral Home.
I agree with the last reviewer who compared this book to The Glass Castle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Glass Castle is one of my favorites, and while this was not quite as good, it is still well worth your time. It takes a lot of courage to spill your family secrets, and admit to the world that you have a hard time handling it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was one of the best reads i have had in years. having gone to school for funeral directing and having a crazy family myself, i understood moninca's character and related on a personal level, and we are in two totally different generations. this book made me laugh so much and almost brought me to tears at other times. i will be looking for other books by hollaway, after reading this one i can only imagine what her other books must be like.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Monica Holloway was a little girl in Elk Grove, Ohio, she sat in the passenger seat of her father¿s pickup truck while he would cruise the neighborhoods searching for accidents that he could film the gorier the better. Her ghoulish father had more movies starring strangers in gruesome situations than he had of his children. Thus it is not a shocker that with her Adams family-like beginnings, when Monica turned nine years old she became fascinated with a funeral home, befriending the daughter Julie Kilner of the mortician. Monica and Julie play together in the casket workroom. When they get driving licenses, they obtain jobs driving the hearse. However, although life at the mortuary is fun, at home it proves otherwise as her father is abusive and her mother is too busy taking care of herself to care. Her siblings have their own issues trying to avoid their parents and each other. Yet through this dysfunctional family upbringing, Monica remains a Pollyanna especially when she is with Julia, DRIVING WITH DEAD PEOPLE, or just hanging around the funeral home. That is until she learns how damaging her parents are with one last betrayal. --- This is an offbeat but engaging memoir of an optimistic person who finds salvation in a funeral parlor that enables her to overcome growing up amidst a dysfunctional family. Told with humor and intelligence, Monica Holloway's autobiography provides an inspiration that a person can overcome almost anything by setting goals and thriving to achieve them like this author has even if it means DRIVING WITH DEAD PEOPLE. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Monica Holloway writes a stunning story. The story begins with her childhood with two parents equally horrible. Her quest to be loved will break your heart and bring you to tears. Monica's will to survive and to do so with humor will inspire you. This is a book I will not soon forget
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish this book would never end. I related so well to the characters and the author's story. She writes wonderfully and you sort of float through the book. I read it in 3 sittings, I was hooked!
MsErlybird More than 1 year ago
I left a lot undone because I couldn't put down this book. A must-read for all who had horrible childhoods and have not been able to face the dragons. I rejoice in her triumph, and am proud of myself for choosing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very fast read, and quite a good book, I enjoyed reading the struggles and the revelations.
AvidReaderElizabeth More than 1 year ago
Seeing the title of this book and reading the jacket, I was prepared for some light reading and humorous accounts of a young girl who got to ride in hearses with her father. As one gets into the story, one discovers that this true story is really a heartrending tale of a too familiar account of childhood abuse. The author conveys with grit and humor how she was able to escape her family and come out triumphantly on the other side. Shame on me, I bought the book for other reasons. This becomes more and more a dark tale and left me feeling emotionally heavy. Not for those who just want a little book for summer relaxation.
imnotauser More than 1 year ago
This book left some thoughts and images with me that have refused to leave....
SlowreaderSA More than 1 year ago
Eye-opening experience into the lives of a broken family. After reading the inside flap and purchasing the book based on the limited information provided, was surprised by the depth of the author's torment. She does an excellent job at drawing the reader into the nightmare that was her past. It's a must read for anybody who thinks they came from a dysfunctional family.
TRS1 More than 1 year ago
Great writing, hard to put down. A very honest look at a dysfunctional family and how just because the abuse is over doesn't mean that life is normal. I felt for the author and what she and her siblings went through. Even though the undertone of the book is quite serious, there are still some funny moments. A great read.
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You'll fall in love with this little boy and his "angel", Cowboy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author with her sense of humor, made a tough childhood quite interesting and amusing! She really had me laughing at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir reads like a novel. It is both funny and heartbreaking...
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dawn gutknecht More than 1 year ago
I was captivated from page one. I have long been a fan of memoires and this one is now a favorite of mine. A must read for anyone who has anything in their past they need to get over, Monica's story inspires.
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