Cowboy & Wills
received a Mom's Choice Awards honor in 2010, as a Gold Recipient in the Adult Book/Biographies & Memoirs category.

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“Monica Holloway has written one of the most extraordinary memoirs I’ve ever read. Tender, loving, and heartbreakingly intimate, it chronicles her struggle to coax her son Wills out of the shell of autism. I highly recommend this gorgeous and frank book about family, connections, and the ephemeral state of belonging.”
      Barrie Gillies, Senior Editor, Parents Magazine

“Monica Holloway’s, Cowboy & Wills is a refreshing look at high functioning autism. Her writing is personal, insightful, informative, and helpful. I highly recommend this book to families with autism, as well as to others who wish to gain a better understanding of the challenges and victories these families face.”
     Elaine Hall, Founder of The Miracle Project, CoachE! in HBO’s Autism: The Musical and author of Now I See the Moon

“There is a lot to love in this book. While Holloway obviously struggles with her son's autism diagnosis, her attitude of acceptance is wonderful. This is the kind of woman I can get behind.”
     Things and Stuff Blog – July 29, 2010

People Magazine – October 29, 2009

“You’ll love this book. You’ll cry. You’ll cluck your tongue and smile with recognition at Wills’ perspective and cringe along with Monica’s tap dancing as fast as she can to make it all better.”
     Change by Doing Blog – December 29, 2009

“A young boy with autism is able to make friends with the aid of his pet dog named Cowboy. Pets can help open up social doors.”
     Dr. Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals Make Us Human and The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's

“An intimate, loving, funny look at the heartbreaking relationship between one mom, one dad, their very special little boy, and the puppy that was heaven-sent to love them all.”
     Leslie Morgan Steiner, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars

Monica Holloway has me laughing AND crying within the first five pages of Cowboy & Wills. She crafts artful, and so often, hysterical observations of everyday life, while also revealing the many dimensions of heartache that come with being a mother who wants only the best for her family. Monica is the genuine article when it comes to pitch perfect memoir writing.”
     Jennifer Lauck, New York Times bestselling author of Blackbird and Still Waters

“Cowboy & Wills is the very best kind of memoir: a quietly profound story that reminds everyone of the power of simple acts of love. Holloway and her remarkable son are bound to inspire and transform many lives.”
     Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of The Possibility of Everything and Motherless Daughters

"A boy and his dog -- that is sacred stuff. Layer onto that autism and the singular love of a mother and you've got the makings for deeply worthwhile reading. Monica Holloway is any one of us, doubled over with hope and pain and wishing."
     Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place