Driven by Melissa Stephenson

Driven

For fans of Wild, a searing memoir about one woman’s road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied herGrowing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was an innate reaction to the powerful personalities around her, and came too from her desire to find a place in the world where her artistic ambitions wouldn’t be thwarted. She f...


Details Driven

TitleDriven
Author
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
LanguageEnglish
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography
Rating

Reviews Driven

  • Karen Nelson
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-collar Midwest family, the author uses her words to paint the picture of that life. Melissa Stephenson wanted to escape the stillness of her world and see beyond Indiana, a...
  • Heather Hess
    1970-01-01
    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the author talks about her brother and how he affected their lives. Suicide is a big topic right now and this story has some powerful insights to it and how to deal with ...
  • Shannon Perri
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next from her.
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.)When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to death is every bit as devastating – if not moreso—than the heartbreak of a lost romantic love. Both losses can launch us into a deep spiraling grief that consumes ...
  • SundayAtDusk
    1970-01-01
    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortunately much distastefulness in this story. (As well as painfully obvious proof the author has a MFA in fiction.) Actually, there's downright vulgarity where Ms. Steph...
  • Zachary Houle
    1970-01-01
    I’ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the “88 car” because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of consolation prize for me from my parents as I really wanted a Big Wheel after seeing kids driving those around in Toronto apartment building complex parking lot when...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    1970-01-01
    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brother, all their problems, and his death. Driven is a smooth narrative, down an open road that full of speed bumps. It's also a sad story about a life so full of pote...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many cars too. The only things that I did not like were the details of her brothers death scattered through the book, and the chapter dedicated to the funeral and preparat...
  • Katrina
    1970-01-01
    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossibleI keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn back to the first page and read it again.
  • Ronnie
    1970-01-01
    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars on here.
  • Amy Morgan
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important parts of her life. After her brother commits suicide he leaves Melissa his dog and his truck. As Melissa drives his truck back to Texas she begins recounting her memor...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review.When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to death is every bit as devastating – if not moreso—than the heartbreak of a lost romantic love. Both losses can launch us into a deep spiraling grief that consumes us, body, mind and soul. Melissa Stephenson vividly brings that raw emotional p...