Bleachy-haired honky bitch: tales from a bad neighborhood

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description

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.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780060561994
9780062352026
006056198
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID f3cefe44-f0b9-4027-5483-6b9694b6bdb6
Grouping Title bleachy haired honky bitch tales from a bad neighborhood
Grouping Author gillespie hollis
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-09-24 23:03:32PM
Last Indexed 2018-09-25 00:09:43AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Hollis Gillespie
author_display Gillespie, Hollis
available_at_catalog Main Kids, Main Library
collection_catalog Biography
detailed_location_catalog Main Library - Adult Biography
display_description

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.

format_catalog Book, eBook
format_category_catalog Books, eBook
id f3cefe44-f0b9-4027-5483-6b9694b6bdb6
isbn 006056198, 9780060561994, 9780062352026
item_details ils:CARL0000219153|35192038554303|Main Library - Adult Biography|B G4783g|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, overdrive:bd76e5bc-d4d0-4c57-9f75-57ae69eff034|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book
last_indexed 2018-09-25T05:09:43.867Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog B G4783g
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Main Kids, Main Library
primary_isbn 9780060561994
publishDate 2004, 2014
record_details ils:CARL0000219153|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|ReganBooks,|c2004.|279 p. : ill. ; 22 cm., overdrive:bd76e5bc-d4d0-4c57-9f75-57ae69eff034|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2014|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:bd76e5bc-d4d0-4c57-9f75-57ae69eff034 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000219153 35192038554303 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Gillespie, Hollis, Journalists -- United States -- Biography
title_display Bleachy-haired honky bitch : tales from a bad neighborhood
title_full Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch Tales from a Bad Neighborhood, Bleachy-haired honky bitch : tales from a bad neighborhood / Hollis Gillespie
title_short Bleachy-haired honky bitch :
title_sub tales from a bad neighborhood
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Gillespie, Hollis, Humor (Nonfiction), Journalists, Nonfiction