All the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy: A Memoir

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Simon & Schuster, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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Some women have trouble with men. For Spike Gillespie, a widely followed online journalist, those problems started early with her father -- the first and most important man in any child's life. Spike's relationship with her emotionally distant parent was so flawed that she has had an unending series of disasters with men...from the day she first noticed them to the day she made one of her own -- her perfect little boy, Henry. In a memoir of sometimes lacerating honesty, Spike Gillespie tells us the story of her life with men -- a blunt, moving, and profoundly revealing account that asks all the hardest questions about love between the sexes. All the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy isn't a memoir of abuse or tragedy. But it is about the lack of connection -- to family, to lovers, to the world -- that defines much of modern life. Most importantly, however (and here Henry comes in), Gillespie also tells us a story of hope and resolution, of reaching out to touch the world with the newest tools, the computer and the Internet -- and in the oldest way -- through one's children. And it's about the deepest mysteries -- how we love the ones we love, and how we stop loving them when they're destroying us. Spike Gillespie first began chronicling her thirty-year adventure of love and heartbreak in a weekly online column, and within a few months she was being described by USA Today as the queen of the online confessional. Gillespie has continued to feed her stream-of-consciousness biography to thousands of readers via her website. After years of publishing to the online community, now she is ready to tell the whole tale. Gillespie is a natural storyteller, a writer with a marvelous ability to immerse her readers in a flesh-and-blood world of her lovers, her family, her friends...and above all, her son. This is a writer unafraid to tell the truth -- about human nature, men, family, and motherhood. The result is a memoir of unadorned and refreshing power from a woman on the most intimate terms with passion, anger, love -- and herself.

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Gillespie publishes online and has written for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, GQ, Playboy, and Mademoiselle. This book, which began as an online column, reflects her online style, offering frank ... Read full review

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Worst book ever. This is one of the most filthiest horrible tragedies I've ever read. Personally this book was more poorly written than a book on how to speak ebonics, she needs to go back to college and learn to write.


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Spike Gillespie is a widely published writer for such online venues as Salon, Word, and Tripod, as well as more conventional print publications, including Elle, Self, GQ, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, and Texas Monthly. USA Today has dubbed her a cyber-celebrity for her monthly online column; Entertainment Weekly describes her writing as "bracing" and says that she "approaches the conflicts of a complex issue with informed candor." Born in southern New Jersey, she has lived in Tampa, Knoxville, St. Louis, Cleveland, and now Austin, Texas, where she has settled with her son, Henry.

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