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Trailer Trashed: My Dubious Efforts Toward Upward Mobility Hardcover – July 24, 2008

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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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"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: skirt!; 1st edition (July 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599213850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599213859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hollis has wacky friends, a fascinating life, and wild and embarassing stories that she fortunately does not mind sharing. Her writing style and family stories remind me some of the Sedaris clan and a little of Terry Ryan, the woman who wrote The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. I enjoy her musings about Grant/Lary/Daniel, faking her way through German translations, hell-fire cats, waiting for the neighborhood prostitute to claim her discarded go-go boots, or spilling the dirt on her sister who owns a bar in Nicaragua. Also, if you get the chance, go see Hollis speak in person - her quick wit will have you guffawing. I saw her with a standing room only crowd and she had 'em belly laughing. (full disclosure: I know and like Hollis. But she's funny, I'm telling you!).
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Based on the written material about the book I was expecting a Southern humorist along the lines of Dave Barry or perhaps Lewis Grizzard. And, while I did laugh out loud in a number of places, the book has a greater depth and is much less sarcastic than Barry.

The book consists of a number of essays about her unusual life. That she was able to be as normal as she is, given her childhood, is amazing. And, her life today is anything but normal, with Lary, Grant and Daniel in her life. You would have to read it to believe what she has gone through.

One of the things that struck me as unusual was her ability to have me laughing a loud on one page and to have tears seeping from my eyes a page later. Many of the essays surrounding her childhood are not only funny, but poignant as well. Maybe I was so affected because we share similar experiences from childhood.

A wonderful read that may not be as funny as advertised, but which contains a number of lessons on life and how to survive. Keep it up Hollis....you are one amazing woman!
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Oh God these people in the carpool line gonna be talkin' 'bout me, y'all... day after day there I am in my white Honda, reading Trailer Trashed - yesterday I was laughing so hard I was gulping for air - today? tears were streaming and I had to search the abyss (formerly known as the backseat) for a Kleenex, so I missed my cue to inch forward - which caused all kinds of problems for these people I'll tell you. What's their rush? Why so bent out of shape at 3:09 on a Tuesday?

They need a copy for their ownselves - maybe they'd put down their stupid cell phones and quit honkin' their angry horns at me if they could get a glimpse into Hollis Gillespie's world - she's my kind of people.
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I have toyed with the idea of trailer living since it seems so cost-efficient and sensible. I attribute this to watching too many episodes of The Rockford Files.

While researching the subject a bit I stumbled across Hollis Gillespie's book, Trailer Trashed.
It's a fun and colorful read with a strange band of quirky characters, in and out of her life. I suppose one could call her a latter day Erma Bombeck. She explains that as a child, her father was a trailer salesman and that she grew up in a world of trailers. When she described one rolling home as a "canned ham" trailer, I knew instantly the design she surely meant.

I still think trailer life makes a lot of sense for some but probably not for me. In the meantime, I highly recommend Miss Gillespies book as a fun read and required reading for those contemplating making their life simpler by endorsing trailer life. Apparently, it does't work.
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I really do like this book. I've met Hollis and my boys love Grant at the Local but honestly - potty mouth aside -many of her stories are very touching. Then take a breath as the next one is as likely to make you laugh out loud. Now if you don't have a an open mind and if you can't appreciate other's lifestyle choices - then maybe another book choice would be better. But if you like David Sedaris - I'd say there is a good chance you will like this one too. Me for one, I'm a fan of both but then I like to laugh!
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Writer Hollis Gillespie latest book, Trailer Trashed: My Dubious Efforts Toward Upward Mobility is a fitting capstone to the third of series of autobiographical tales of life in the dirty, dirty- Atlanta.

Gillespie first entry into the literal world, Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch was a series of halting personal essays which introduce her parents, a drinking silver tongue trailer salesman and a Salem smoking bomb building mother. This contemporary nuclear family lays the foundation as she struggles in finding her identity.

If friends are the family we choose, Gillespie has a doozy, a trio of Grant, Lary, and Daniel are her support network who each add spice to a flavorful life.

In the sequel, Confessions of a Recovering Slut, the flow transitions smoothly from essay to essay revealing a personal peek into the inner thoughts of Gillespie as she deals with single motherhood and the American dream, home ownership.

A modern day Margaret Mitchell, Gillespie captures in Trailer Trashed the challenges of daily southern inner city living. Her roller coaster existence is filled with adventure as she seeks to be the ideal mother, friend, and lover.

Read it and you will laugh, cry, and be transported into a world of hope.
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