Driving with Dead People: A Memoir

by Monica Holloway | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 9781416940029 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingrem_NON-938592wing on 1/20/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingrem_NON-938592wing on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
From inside cover of book:

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 he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children, Monica is primed to become a morbid child.

Yet 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 mortician.

She 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 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.

Throughout 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingrem_NON-938592wing on Thursday, January 29, 2009
It wasn't quite what I expected it to be, but I wasn't disappointed. Monica has told her story with such beautiful honesty, it's heartbreaking, and it's beautiful. It made me feel like crying, and it made me laugh. I found myself wanting to hug Monica and thank her for sharing her story.

Journal Entry 3 by wingrem_NON-938592wing on Monday, February 02, 2009
Bookray participants, in order:

1. sunfi - OH - (prefers US/CAN shipping)
2. Bug2004 - NE (US shipping)
3. oldreader - CA (US shipping)
4. Firegirl - AZ
5. Bibliocrates - AL

Journal Entry 4 by wingrem_NON-938592wing at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 06, 2009

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Posting to sunfi. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Caught this one in the mail today. I have four rings ahead of this one and I will have it on its way in the next six weeks. Thanks for mailing this to me WingedMan, the postcards you include are always so thought provoking.

Journal Entry 6 by sunfi at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA on Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Just finished this one, the ending was a bit of a surprise to me but I did enjoy it. I think the author really found her voice towards the end of the book. This is on its way to Bug2004 now. Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 7 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, April 04, 2009
Re'cvd today. I have a couple in front of it, but will get to it as quick as I can. Thanks for sharing! :)

Journal Entry 8 by Bug2004 at Omaha, Nebraska USA on Friday, June 11, 2010
I have had this way, way too long and I apologize!!! However, I did enjoy it and am glad I got the chance to read it!!!

Mailed off to oldreader today.

Journal Entry 9 by oldreader at Citrus Heights, California USA on Thursday, July 15, 2010
arrived today.Have a few chapters left in current read,then will start.

Journal Entry 10 by oldreader at Citrus Heights, California USA on Sunday, July 18, 2010
Heart wrenching story.Many parts where I did not know if I should laugh or cry.Unfortunately there are probably many more such sad tales.It must have been difficult for the author to share this.Thanks.Will send on to Firegirl as soon as I get their addy.

Journal Entry 11 by oldreader at -- Mailed, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Journal Entry 12 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Huntsville, Alabama USA on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This book arrived here in Huntsville, Alabama yesterday. I look forward to reading it soon. Thank you for sharing!

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