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Pissed Off: On Women and Anger

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Often accused of being overly emotional and mad, Spike Gillespie offers up a lifetime's worth of anger that all women can relate to. Two parts anger and one part forgiveness, Pissed Off is a book about Gillespie's lifetime of anger and the inevitable fallouts that ensued, which she uses, along with other women's stories, to describe the positive and negative influences of ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Seal Press (first published 2006)
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Bob Prophet
Jul 10, 2009 Bob Prophet rated it it was ok
Shelves: partially-read
Read halfway through before abandoning this book. The authors anger dripped from every page and struck me as knee-jerk reactionary, spiteful, and ultimately unproductive in that in 40+ years time the author hasn't seemed to make much progress in dealing with the frustrations of her childhood. While I sympathize with her and too come from a rough upbringing, Spike appears caught up in lamenting that her imagined ideal was never recognized. What strikes me as selfish is she seems oblivious to the ...more
Douglas Lord
Jan 23, 2017 Douglas Lord rated it it was amazing
I initially picked this up for the cover, which shows a woman flipping a vicious bird. I thought my wife would find it funny because she, like most wives, can get a little pissed off about things (read: husbands) from time to time. Upon reading it, though, the book turned out to be pretty remarkable. Gillespie (All the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy: A Memoir) writes from her heart in a folksy style connecting with readers on a personal level. Her stories of anger, wrath, resentment, and near-cra ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok
I made it through more than 75% of the book; kept renewing it over and over because it was such slow going. I kept waiting for the forgiveness part, the "how to" part, but I never found it. In all fairness, maybe it was in the last 35 pages or so. Like others who commented, I found this to be an ongoing list if things the author is mad at. Some of her accounts of her behavior are pretty appalling, although I could identify with some of that anguish in myself from when I was a teen and early twen ...more
Aug 02, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is the first book I picked up at the library in town that I signed up for over the weekend. I was embarrassed to be walking around with a book that flipped people off, but what was on the inside was too sincere to pass up.

I'm a sucker for memoirs, and this is a lovely one. It details the range of anger to forgiveness, and how neither has to be perfect, but both should be attended to. Anger is a tool, and should not be ignored, but it shouldn't be coddled, either. Forgiveness is not a religi
Sep 07, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok
Spike Gillespie is "often accused of being overly emotional and mad," the back cover blurb tells me, and I believe it. Much of her anger is directed towards her seemingly uncaring family, but a good portion of it should be directed at herself for making stupid decisions and then becoming upset when things don't go her way. She does, however, seem to learn from some of her mistakes and encourages others to do the same. She also presents essays from other women who've dealt with anger in one form ...more
May 19, 2011 karen rated it really liked it
i quite liked this book. i really enjoyed how gillespie's own experiences were a thread running through the book, while other women's contributions echoed or differed from hers. i think this book is basically essential reading if you're in therapy and trying to work through some difficult anger issues. fantastic.
Catherine Handler
Jun 07, 2008 Catherine Handler rated it really liked it
The subtitle of this book is actually "finding forgiveness on the other side of the finger". I was looking for something about anger management (getting angry at work was not accomplishing anything) and this book caught my eye. I found this book insightful with some good tips on how to redirect anger.
Corrina Karch
Nov 01, 2007 Corrina Karch rated it did not like it
Okay, I just wanted to add this one, because, look at the cover! Who wouldn't want to read that! I had high hopes, but was disappointed. However, there is a piece about why she hates Dave Eggers, and that totally redeems her.
Jul 21, 2007 Rory rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women who feel angry about their anger
Shelves: nonfiction
like any university-press-published anthology of random people's essays, this was an uneven offering. i didn't finish it (i wish goodreads had a little box i could check for every book i didn't really read completely).
Aug 17, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
It was entertaining to read but more like listening to a gabby friend tell life stories than about addressing the anger in a focused way. Here and there coping mechanisms are interspersed along with other women writers' stories..
I'm thinking she's for anger!
Nov 18, 2008 Mia rated it liked it
Shelves: autobio-bio
it put my life in perspective. there were definitely parts that i related to
Jun 30, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
It's not just cause I have an essay in here that I recommend this - Spike gets down and dirty about her anger. Lots of essays by other women too.
Jan 23, 2010 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Great book - inspired me to be a calmer person. Makes me feel not alone.
Mar 28, 2007 Devo rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The ladies.
Shelves: nonfict
Never finished this, so I didn't get to the part about forgiveness. I did think the author's style was witty, however, and may pick this up to finish later.
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