Surrender (But Don'T Give Yourself Away)

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Spike Gillespie tells it like it is. Whether she's writing about men, mothering or money, she cuts to the chase, unabashedly recounting the exhilaration and uncertainty she is forever encountering along the odd path that is her life. Gillespie approaches her subjects with a keen eye for curious details and a readiness to ask hard questions and give honest, even brutal, answers. Her willingness to "put it all down—the painful, the funny, the mundane, the embarrassing" has won ...

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Surrender (But Don't Give Yourself Away): Old Cars, Found Hope, and Other Cheap Tricks

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Overview

Spike Gillespie tells it like it is. Whether she's writing about men, mothering or money, she cuts to the chase, unabashedly recounting the exhilaration and uncertainty she is forever encountering along the odd path that is her life. Gillespie approaches her subjects with a keen eye for curious details and a readiness to ask hard questions and give honest, even brutal, answers. Her willingness to "put it all down—the painful, the funny, the mundane, the embarrassing" has won legions of readers for her print and online columns.

Surrender (But Don't Give Yourself Away) collects forty-six essays, which initially appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, Austin Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Bust, Gargoyle, and thecommonspace.org. As Gillespie describes them, "There are odes to my good days and bad, to trips I've taken—both real and metaphorical, to holiness found in unexpected places, to men I have not slept with, to learning to live sober. Too, there are miscellaneous ruminations on my alter-ego, my inner-teen, the floor mat in my car, a dead squirrel in the road." Binding these pieces is the thread of hope: there are moments the thread slips out of view only to resurface in some unexpected location. Sometimes it takes awhile, but Gillespie always relocates hope, discovering even in her darkest times that life is full of an embarrassment of riches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292719453
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Spike Gillespie is the author of All the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy: A Memoir and the online dotnovel www.thebelljar.net. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, GQ, Playboy, Elle, Self, Texas Monthly, HipMama, and many other publications. She lives with her son Henry Mowgli Gillespie in Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1 Driving Forces
Breaking Up
Hope Found
Knoxville, Tennessee
Remember the Woolworth's
Road Trip
Hollywood

2 Where We Find God
Easter Sundays
Broken Mirrors
Ms. B
Summer
The Magic Year

3 To Have And Have Not (Work/Money)
Write On
Here Kitty, Kitty
Broke.Com
Calendar Girl
Money

4 Food
Lunch Story
Seasonal Affective Cheesecake

5 Sobering Thoughts
St. Louis
Visiting James
Zen and the Art of Not Drinking
Mom

6 History
Mary, Mary, So Contrary
Say Don't Stop to Punk Rock
The Bumbershoot Waltz
Stop Making Sense

7 Men I Have Not Slept With
Uncle Tony
Robert
Ross
Bob
Mr. Hayashi
Neil Diamond and Me
Fred

8 Texas
The Dabbs Hotel
Czech Stop
Barney Smith
John Karger
Wax Hand

9 Exploring Me, Me, Me
Spike: The Magazine
Jog Bra Avenger
Warnings to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self
Can I Help You? Please?!
Me: Mother
Love Hurts But Pain Hurts Worse

10 What Love Commands
Losing Faith, Finding Hope
Crush

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