Libby Edelman spent years raising a family, living in several locations around the United States and working as a fashion editor for national magazines. She also spent a lot of time thinking about women who love their cars, a curiosity prompted by a headline in The National Enquirer.
While waiting in line at a grocery store one day, Edelman read in the supermarket tabloid about a woman who loved her car so much, she was buried with it.
The result, while less bizarre but equally dramatic, is the new book Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat.
Edelman is our guest this week on Episode #81 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.
Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with the author the stories and images of women who love driving and love their cars. The book features a range of car styles, fancy to quirky, as well as mundane models uniquely customized.
The women featured in the book all have compelling stories. It’s a diverse community, all united through their passion for their cars. The owners of the vehicles are as elegant and quirky as their vehicles.
Edelman spent nearly 20 years writing the book, although she had extended writing breaks. The finished product, as the book’s notations describe, are “Snapshots celebrating the proud female owner and her motor vehicle paired with an anecdote about the vehicle’s history.”
While possessing different ages, personalities and life experiences, the women in the book are connected. Edelman believes their cars provide something they may not have known they were missing.
In some instances, Edelman explained, the women who bought a great car purchased it because their husbands had a great car. They experienced the enjoyment their spouse had for a vehicle and now were similarly pleased.
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(Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat, Libby Edelman; powerHouse Cultural Entertainment, Incorporated; ISBN: 978-1-57687-917-7; 128 pages, $24.95).
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The book is available on Amazon.com here: Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat