Surrender (But Dont Give Yourself Away): Old Cars, Found Hope, and Other Cheap Tricks

Paperback | October 1, 2008

bySpike Gillespie

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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 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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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 quest...

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 live...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:205 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Driving Forces
    • Breaking Up
    • Hope Found
    • Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Remember the Woolworth's
    • Road Trip
    • Hollywood
  • Where We Find God
    • Easter Sundays
    • Broken Mirrors
    • Ms. B
    • Summer
    • The Magic Year
  • To Have And Have Not (Work/Money)
    • Write On
    • Here Kitty, Kitty
    • Broke.Com
    • Calendar Girl
    • Money
  • Food
    • Lunch Story
    • Seasonal Affective Cheesecake
  • Sobering Thoughts
    • St. Louis
    • Visiting James
    • Zen and the Art of Not Drinking
    • Mom
  • History
    • Mary, Mary, So Contrary
    • Say Don't Stop to Punk Rock
    • The Bumbershoot Waltz
    • Stop Making Sense
  • Men I Have Not Slept With
    • Uncle Tony
    • Robert
    • Ross
    • Bob
    • Mr. Hayashi
    • Neil Diamond and Me
    • Fred
  • Texas
    • The Dabbs Hotel
    • Czech Stop
    • Barney Smith
    • John Karger
    • Wax Hand
  • 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
  • What Love Commands
    • Losing Faith, Finding Hope
    • Crush

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"Spike Gillespie’s voice is highly idiosyncratic, extremely charming, and deeply personal. . . . She is such a winning heroine that you root for her, for her son. You want to smooth the way for them a bit through the hardships they endure with such great good humor.Sarah" - Bird author of The Yokota Officers Club, Virgin of the Rodeo, and The Mommy Club