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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (326 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Monica Holloway Narrator: Monica Hollowa Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Christened "charming" and "winning" by the Washington Post and "touching" by Publishers Weekly, celebrated author Monica Holloway’s deeply moving memoir shares the unforgettable story of an extraordinary little boy and the irresistible puppy who transformed his life.

The day Monica Holloway learns that her lovable, brilliant three-year-old son has autism spectrum disorder, she takes him to buy an aquarium. But what Wills really wants is a puppy, and from the moment Cowboy Carol Lawrence, an overeager and affectionate golden retriever, joins the family, Monica watches as her cautious son steps a little farther into the world.

With his new "sister" Cowboy by his side, Wills finds the courage to invite kids over for playdates, conquer his debilitating fear of water, and finally sleep in his own bed with the puppy’s paws draped across his small chest. And when Cowboy turns out to need her new family as much as they need her, they discover just how much she has taught them about devotion, loyalty, and never giving up.

Sometimes it’s what you don’t know to hope for that saves you. For Monica and Wills, salvation came in the form of a puppy with pale blond fur, chocolate brown eyes, a fondness for chewing the crotch out of underpants, and a limitless capacity for love. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A young boy with autism is able to make friends and with the aid of his pet dog named Cowboy. Pet can help open up social doors.” 

    Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

  • Cowboys & Wills is the very best kind of memoir: a quietly profound story that reminds everyone 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 making for deeply wonderful 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

  • “Monica Holloway has written one of the most extraordinary memoirs I’ve ever read. Tender, loving, and heartbreakingly intimate, it chronicles her struggles 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeanmarie Kleppick | 2/18/2014

    " Wonderful memoir. Impressed upon me our responsibility to listen to our children because sometimes they intuitively know what they need and it's or job to interpret whether the need is fundamental or peripheral. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Briana Kelly | 2/15/2014

    " Loved the story but too heartbreaking! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/2/2014

    " Monica Holliday is one of the best contemporary writers I have read, however, this one falls short of her memoir Driving With Dead People which I can't recommend highly enough! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber | 1/29/2014

    " This is a really nice book. I read if for a special education class, but really it isn't about special education. It's about the relationship between a little boy with autism and his dog as viewed by the mother. It is an easy read but, warning, it is a tear jerker!! If you're anything like me, you'll need tissues! "

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