Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary by Holly Madison

By Holly Madison

The stunning, never-before-told tale of the weird international contained in the mythical Playboy Mansion—and, eventually, the key fact concerning the guy who holds the key—from one of many few those that actually is familiar with: Hef's former number one female friend and famous person of The ladies subsequent Door

A spontaneous selection at age twenty-one reworked small-town Oregon lady Holly Sue Cullen into Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner's number 1 female friend. yet like Alice's trip into Wonderland, after Holly plunged down the rabbit gap, what gave the look of a fairytale existence contained in the Playboy Mansion—including A-list star events and her personal #1-rated tv convey for 4 years—quickly devolved into an oppressive regimen of strict ideas, manipulation, and battles with bold, backstabbing bunnies. existence contained in the infamous Mansion wasn't a dream at all—and quick grew to become her nightmare. After wasting her identification, her feel of self esteem, and her desire for the long run, Holly stumbled on herself sitting by myself in a bath considering suicide.

But rather than finishing her existence, Holly selected to take cost of it.

In this shockingly candid and unusually relocating memoir, this considerate and introspective girl opens up approximately lifestyles contained in the Mansion, the medication, the intercourse, the abuse, the notorious events, and her genuine behind-the-scenes lifestyles with Bridget, Kendra, and, in fact, Mr. Playboy himself.

With nice braveness, Holly stocks the main points of her next courting, touchdown her personal winning tv sequence, and the exertions of therapeutic, together with her activate Dancing with the celebrities. A cautionary story and a party of non-public empowerment, Down the Rabbit gap reminds us of the significance of struggling with for our dreams—and discovering the lifestyles we deserve.

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When Sean was a young boy one of the joys of his life was being driven down dead-end streets. Whenever his family would pass one while travelling around town in their car, he would get hysterical if they refused to turn and follow the street to its end. His desire was intense and inexplicable to his parents. His mother reports rearranging her driving routes to avoid dead-end street signs. That strategy wasted less time than turning down each and every dead-end street, and avoided the fits that would occur if she did not.

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