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Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales From A Bad Neighborhood
Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch Tales From A Bad Neighborhood Author:Hollis Gillespie 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 ni... more »ne 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.« less
I enjoyed the book alot. Hollis is a regular columnist in Creative Loafing, an indie newspaper serving Atlanta. Being in Atlanta quite a bit I was able to place myself in many of the places she mentions in the book. Funny, sarcastic, and sometimes heartbreaking. A good read.
I LOVED this book! I actually read it after reading Ms. Gillespie's other book,"Confessions of a Recovering Slut: And Other Love Stories" which is one of my favorite books ever! Just don't read it around anyone because you'll be laughing and giggling so much,people will think you're nuts! Hollis Gillespie Rules!!!