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< P> Drawing on her peripatetic childhood as the daughter of a travelling salesman, and her adult residence in one of Atlanta's seedier crack neighbourhoods, columnist and NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie has assembled a comic, poignant memoir about her life, starring her unusual family and her crazy friends.< /P> < P> NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie's outrageously funny& ndash; and equally heartbreaking& ndash; collection of autobiographical tales chronicles her journey through self& ndash; reckoning and the worst neighbourhoods in Atlanta in search of a home she can call her own. The daughter of a missile scientist and an alcoholic travelling 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& ndash; 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. < /P> < P> Hollis's friends help her battle the mess of obstacles that stand in her way& ndash; including her warped childhood, in which her parents moved her and her siblings around the country like carnival barkers, chasing missile& ndash; building contracts and other whimsies, such as her father's dream to patent and sell door& ndash; to& ndash; door the world's most wondrous key& ndash; 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.< /P> < P> 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.< /P>

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A woman living in Atlanta contends with beauty product and salon scenario nightmares in her search for a better self.

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Drawing on her peripatetic childhood as the daughter of a travelling salesman, and her adult residence in one of Atlanta's seedier crack neighbourhoods, columnist and NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie has assembled a comic, poignant memoir about her life, starring her unusual family and her crazy friends.

NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie's outrageously funny-and equally heartbreaking-collection of autobiographical tales chronicles her journey through self-reckoning and the worst neighbourhoods in Atlanta in search of a home she can call her own. The daughter of a missile scientist and an alcoholic travelling 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.

About the Author

Hollis Gillespie, a Writer's Digest Breakout Author of the Year, is a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, the award-winning writer of "Mood Swing," a humor column published in Creative Loafing, Atlanta's major alternative weekly, and author of "The Ugly American," a travel column for Paste magazine. Also the author of Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch, which Vanity Fair called "rib-crackingly funny," she lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with two cats, an incontinent pit bull, and her six-year-old daughter.

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El Rey del Mono, July 29, 2010 (view all comments by El Rey del Mono)
The first chunk that talks about her career as a German translator made was so funny I had to call up my oldest sister and read large chunks over the phone. Hollis Gillespie's wit, her self-deprecating style that somehow never devolves into painful-to-look-at self-flagellation, remind me of the women I am drawn to: crazy, strong yet vulnerable, raucously funny women. She is all of my sisters combined in one, she is my crazy female friends who are funny and charming and messed up and unafraid and vulnerable all in one lovably nutty package. These stories are hilarious and simultaneously often speak to some painful, sobering truths. That's a rare gift. I got the deep sense reading these essays of "my god that story is so tragic, I really shouldn't be laughing at this!" as I peed myself and tried to catch my breath.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060561994
Subtitle:
Tales from a Bad Neighborhood
Author:
Gillespie, Hollis
Author:
by Hollis Gillespie
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20050628
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.34x5.52x.82 in. .79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A woman living in Atlanta contends with beauty product and salon scenario nightmares in her search for a better self.

"Synopsis" by , Drawing on her peripatetic childhood as the daughter of a travelling salesman, and her adult residence in one of Atlanta's seedier crack neighbourhoods, columnist and NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie has assembled a comic, poignant memoir about her life, starring her unusual family and her crazy friends.

NPR commentator Hollis Gillespie's outrageously funny-and equally heartbreaking-collection of autobiographical tales chronicles her journey through self-reckoning and the worst neighbourhoods in Atlanta in search of a home she can call her own. The daughter of a missile scientist and an alcoholic travelling 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.

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