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Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a Bad Neighborhood

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ISBN10: 006056198x
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NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie's outrageously funny — and equally heartbreaking — collection of autobiographical tales chronicles her journey through self-reckoning and the worst neighborhoods of Atlanta in search of a home she can call her own. The daughter of a missile scientist and an alcoholic traveling trailer salesman, Gillespie was nine before she realized not everybody's mother made bombs, and thirty before she realized it was possible to live in one place longer than a six-month lease allows. Supporting her are the social outcasts she calls her best friends: Daniel, a talented and eccentric artist; Grant, who makes his living peddling folk art by a denounced nun who paints plywood signs with twisted evangelical sayings; and Lary, who often, out of compassion, offers to shoot her like a lame horse.

Hollis's friends help her battle the mess of obstacles that stand in her way — including her warped childhood, in which her parents moved her and her siblings around the country like carnival barkers, chasing missile-building contracts and other whimsies, such as her father's dream to patent and sell door-to-door the world's most wondrous key-chain. A past like this will make you doubt you'll ever have a future, much less roots. Miraculously, though, Gillespie manages to plant exactly that: roots, as wrested and dubious as they are.

As Gillespie says, "Life is too damn short to remain trapped in your own Alcatraz." Follow her on this wickedly funny journey as she manages to escape again and again.

Review:

"[A] zesty memoir....Gillespie...is as charming as a friendly drunk who says one funny, impossible sentence after another....Sometimes tender, but mostly just wry and a bit wild, Gillespie's writing is like the best radio commentary, leaving fans hungry for more." Publishers Weekly

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"[L]acking much of a through line...[this memoir] reads more like a collection of commentary and columns....Some [pieces] are quite successful, although the book isn't entirely compelling as a front-to-back read..." Keir Graff, Booklist

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"Riotous...rib-crackingly funny." Vanity Fair

Review:

"Funny and moving. Completely compelling." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Gillespie's irreverent wit and hilarious observations are reverberating far beyond the trailer park." Writer's Digest

About the Author

Hollis Gillespie is a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and the award-winning writer of "Mood Swing," a column published in Creative Loafing, Atlanta's major alternative weekly. A flight attendant and language specialist for a major airline, she lives in Atlanta with her three-year-old daughter.

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esther, January 15, 2007 (view all comments by esther)
This is the BEST gift I've received in years. You WILL laugh out loud! Tis' my favorite book to gift. Warning: if your partner is trying to sleep you may not want to read this book in bed, for attempting to be quiet and refrain from laughter may cause uncontrollable spasms.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060561987
Subtitle:
Tales from a Bad Neighborhood
Author:
Gillespie, Hollis
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
108-79
Publication Date:
March 2, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.66x5.82x1.03 in. 1.01 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages ReganBooks - English 9780060561987 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] zesty memoir....Gillespie...is as charming as a friendly drunk who says one funny, impossible sentence after another....Sometimes tender, but mostly just wry and a bit wild, Gillespie's writing is like the best radio commentary, leaving fans hungry for more."
"Review" by , "[L]acking much of a through line...[this memoir] reads more like a collection of commentary and columns....Some [pieces] are quite successful, although the book isn't entirely compelling as a front-to-back read..."
"Review" by , "Riotous...rib-crackingly funny."
"Review" by , "Funny and moving. Completely compelling."
"Review" by , "Gillespie's irreverent wit and hilarious observations are reverberating far beyond the trailer park."
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