Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett audiobook

Hollywood Park: A Memoir

By Mikel Jollett
Read by Mikel Jollett

Macmillan Audio 9781250621566

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781250757616

  • ISBN: 9781250757616

Runtime: 11.75 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Biographies of Composers & Musicians

An Oprah Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life told in a raw, poetic voice from a uniquely gifted writer.

“We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion.”

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults. Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old and handed over to the cult’s “school.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother. But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency, and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A memoir that’s dangerous, immediate, and lyrical from the jump.” Wall Street Journal
“A story of fierce love and family loyalty. This moving and profound memoir is for anyone who loves a good redemption story.” Good Morning America
“A shocking but contemplative memoir about the aftermath of an unhealthy upbringing.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Chronicles, in gorgeous and exacting lyricism, his harrowing coming-of-age within (and eventual escape from) the Church of Synanon, a violent religious cult.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Engaging and heartbreaking. A good choice for fans of memoirs about overcoming dysfunction childhoods.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Mikel Jollett

Author Bio: Mikel Jollett

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English