Driving the Saudis by Jayne Amelia Larson

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... this is not just a memoir about a great job with a bad spin. Look closer and you’ll see that Larson has also sprinkled in tiny joys: friendship, small gratitudes, new delights, duty, and love.
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The true-to-life account of a female chauffeur hired to drive the Saudi royal family in Los Angeles.

After more than a decade of working in Hollywood, actress Jayne Amelia Larson found herself out of luck, out of work, and out of prospects.

When she got hired to drive for the Saudi royal family vaca­tioning in Beverly Hills, Larson thought she’d been handed the golden ticket. She’d heard stories of the Saudis bestowing $20,000 tips and Rolex watches on their drivers, but when the family arrived at LAX with twenty million dollars in cash, Larson realized that she might be in for the ride of her life.

With awestruck humor and deep compassion, Larson shares the incredible insights she gained as the lone female in a detail of more than forty chauffeurs assigned to drive a beautiful Saudi princess, her family, and their extensive entourage.

At its heart, this is an upstairs-downstairs, true-to-life fable for our global times; a story about the corruption that nearly infinite wealth causes, and about what we all do for money. Equal parts funny, surprising, and insightful, Driving the Saudis provides both entertainment and sharp social commentary on one of the world’s most secretive families.
 

About Jayne Amelia Larson

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Jayne Amelia Larson is an actress and independent film producer based in Los Angeles. She’s also been an occasional chauffeur between gigs. Her award-winning one-woman show, Driving the Saudis, has shown across the country.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Free Press. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 30 2012

No one, including the author herself, escapes Larson's witty scrutiny...Sharp-eyed and humane.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 13 2012

There’s plenty of fascinating insider info...about the job, her charges (Saudi and otherwise), and Los Angeles —altogether, an often thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Keizertimes

Good
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Nov 26 2012

... this is not just a memoir about a great job with a bad spin. Look closer and you’ll see that Larson has also sprinkled in tiny joys: friendship, small gratitudes, new delights, duty, and love.

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