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Driving with Dead People: A Memoir af Monica…
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Driving with Dead People: A Memoir (original 2007; udgave 2008)

af Monica Holloway (Forfatter)

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At nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home. Small wonder, with a father who drives his Ford pick up with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children. In between her father's bouts of violence and abuse, Monica becomes fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town mortician. She and Julie preferred the casket showroom to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio, where they would take turns lying in their favourite coffins. In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies from 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 revealed...… (mere)
Medlem:AL91
Titel:Driving with Dead People: A Memoir
Forfattere:Monica Holloway (Forfatter)
Info:Gallery Books (2008), 336 pages
Samlinger:Non-Fiction, Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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A great read- but awfully tragic, sad and haunting. Monica speaks from her younger self- with the innocence of a child she explains growing up in an extremely dysfunctional family; her mother in denial and father is a pageful, alcoholic pedophile ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 20, 2017 |
I was hoping this would be more about a woman who grew up in a funeral home. I also expected it to be funny. I was disappointed. It was an good read, but overall, it was unremarkable. When I think about all the other amazing memoirs out there that I have read, this book does not even compete in the same league. It seems like everyone is writing a memoir these days. ( )
  RojaHorchata | Jul 11, 2016 |
Very nicely written, but a bit too long for my taste. I think the same story could have been told as poignantly in fewer pages.

This book is, at its heart, about the horrors of childhood with an abusive father and emotionally absent mother. The tales of growing up are difficult to read and the fact that this is a memoir make the words, actions and denial even more bone-crushing. The aftermath of living in this environment proves to be a difficult one to rise above, only two siblings facing the issues head-on to try to move past the hurt and betrayal.

This is a raw, painful and real story that will make you want to protect the children and beat the hell out of the adults.

Recommended. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
While we're trained never to judge a book by its cover, it does set the tone of a read before we even crack it open. Driving With Dead People snagged me with its witty title and its back cover featuring a photo of the back of a hearse.

What I did get was a story of a young girl-turned-woman's struggle of growing up with an abusive father, a turn-a-blind-eye mother, and a story of idolization of the main character's dream family... that of the Kilners, who owned the local mortuary.

This book puts the reader at the heart of a broken home and face to face with the emotional distress that goes with such. If you want a happy, uplifting read look elsewhere - otherwise, this is a worthwhile read. ( )
  francophoney | Aug 4, 2014 |
Driving with dead people was a weird book. It's about a girl named Monica (The author) and her family. Her dad loves to film accidents. A girl that looked just like Monica got hit by a car and died. Monica wanted to know who the girl was so she asked her dad. Her dad really didn't know much so she figured he though it wasn't bloody enough for him to take pictures of or film. The kids dad liked to embarrass them. They would be out in public and the dad would randomly pull one of the girls pants down.

When she grew up she went to acting school. She made a lot of mistakes there. She fell in love with a teacher. She dated like 4 different boys. She almost got married but she didn't. Her sister almost killed herself. She goes to an asylum for a while. Her sister confesses a lot of stuff about her dad. Her dad liked to film storms also. Monica ends up getting married eventually. She loses all contact with her other sister and her brother. The whole family was a drug addict. Her brother Jamie and her sister wasted their lives on drugs and parties. The only sister Monica kept contact with was the oldest sister. Over all I didn't really like the book. ( )
  br14kaiho | Nov 25, 2013 |
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At nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home. Small wonder, with a father who drives his Ford pick up with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children. In between her father's bouts of violence and abuse, Monica becomes fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town mortician. She and Julie preferred the casket showroom to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio, where they would take turns lying in their favourite coffins. In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies from 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 revealed...

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