Trailer Trashed

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Hollis Gillespie used to be embarrassed about her hard-drinking, trailer-salesman dad and her missile-making mom with broken dreams of becoming a beautician. But that was then. This is now.

Trailer Trashed is a hilarious and blisteringly honest collection of essays that follows an offbeat single mom through the journey of her life—from finding solace wherever trailer hookups were found, to kidnapping a meth-addicted friend in need of rehab, to pondering over whether to use her ...

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Overview

Hollis Gillespie used to be embarrassed about her hard-drinking, trailer-salesman dad and her missile-making mom with broken dreams of becoming a beautician. But that was then. This is now.

Trailer Trashed is a hilarious and blisteringly honest collection of essays that follows an offbeat single mom through the journey of her life—from finding solace wherever trailer hookups were found, to kidnapping a meth-addicted friend in need of rehab, to pondering over whether to use her bartender’s young sperm from his old self or old sperm from his young self. In short, Hollis’s prospects of climbing her way out of the riotous lunacy from whence she came sometimes do seem dubious indeed.

Brimming with irreverent, side-splitting observations on life that will wow fans of Augusten Burroughs and Sarah Vowell, this is an irresistible, roller coaster ride of a book.

“Ride with me,” Hollis’s father used to say, and she’d hop into his Chevrolet Corvair. And off they’d go again to no place in particular, happily so. Trailer Trashed is like these rides—in the end it’s not where you go, but the ride to get you there that matters.

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"Can a book be bust-out hilarious and also break your heart? Hollis Gillespie's roller coaster memoir, Trailer Trashed, does just that? In it, she manages to remember not only herself, but each of us, as well." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and The Midnight Twins

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Atlanta-based Gillespie (Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch is a syndicated humor columnist who loves trailer life, yard sales and buddies who, like her, have avoided turning into "pod people." Gillespie's latest concept is to become a landlord, so there are tales of cheesy house renovations and overly picky renters, although by the end of this book she's sold her story to Hollywood, ending one upward mobility theme. The more interesting sketches focus on the personal, like the one where she contemplates finding a man to date: "[O]dds are I can at least snag a bad one, and it used to be that even bad relationships were fun in their own way." Although there's no big story, this wouldn't be a problem, except Gillespie's potty-mouth style makes most of her stories sound alike. She and her friends love to call each other "you pussy" or "pussy-ass" or the more original, "asstard." Readers who are titillated by discussions of friends' enema habits or amused by stories of Gillespie's drunk father swearing at her mother will find a lot to enjoy. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599213859
  • Publisher: skirt!
  • Publication date: 7/24/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Hollis Gillespie is a syndicated humor columnist and the author of two memoirs, Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch and Confessions of a Recovering Slut. She has been a Writer’s Digest “Breakout Author of the Year” and a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is also a television writer, NPR commentator, keynote speaker, and writing instructor. She lives in Atlanta, writing out of a trailer in her backyard.

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From Trailer Trashed

“It’s not like I didn’t try to fit in, either. I even play tennis, for chrissakes. In fact, I’m freakishly good at tennis, as I was born with a natural talent for thwacking the crap out of balls.”

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Hollis Gillespie used to be embarrassed about her hard-drinking, trailer-salesman dad and her missile-making mom with broken dreams of becoming a beautician. But that was then. This is now.
Trailer Trashed is a hilarious and blisteringly honest collection of essays that follows an offbeat single mom through the journey of her life—from finding solace wherever trailer hookups were found, to kidnapping a meth-addicted friend in need of rehab, to pondering over whether to use her bartender’s young sperm from his old self or old sperm from his young self. In short, Hollis’s prospects of climbing her way out of the riotous lunacy from whence she came sometimes do seem dubious indeed.
Brimming with irreverent, side-splitting observations on life that will wow fans of Augusten Burroughs and Sarah Vowell, this is an irresistible, roller coaster ride
of a book.
“Ride with me,” Hollis’s father used to say, and she’d hop into his Chevrolet Corvair. And off they’d go again to no place in particular, happily so. Trailer Trashed is like these rides—in the end it’s not where you go, but the ride to get you there that matters.
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