Julie Celaya is a firecracker who breaks all the expectationsÂ of domestic life. She is unconventional, determined and outrageous, leaving a trail of absurd and unforgettable stories, repeatedly demonstrating the ancient precept of accepting who we are and working with and around that fact. Chiseling Memories, Chasing Sleep is the culmination of Julieâ€™s strangeÂ encounters. With forty independent essays, the book leads readersÂ through tales of an awkward sexual encounter in a high school artÂ room, a marriage proposal in the sky while passengers were requiredÂ to keep their seatbelts fastened, a trial run of getting into an expensiveÂ casket, and the assault of a psychiatrist in a large clinic in southernÂ California. It is a book that works by a steady accumulation of detail,Â presented many times as snarky humor, manipulating turns, andÂ secrets, rendering an underlying mystery. This eccentric collection unfolds like a true novel. With succinct verbiage and often coarse prose, author Carol A. Elliott builds layers of symbolismÂ into this unique read. She employs five literaryÂ styles, yielding the unexpected. Is it her dialogÂ that the audience appreciates, the roller coasterÂ of wit or the unusual subjects? Elliott leavesÂ readers appreciating the randomness of life andÂ those blush-worthy moments that occur whenÂ least expected.