Friday, January 27, 2012
Book review – “Looking for Inspiration” by Shailey M Tripp (2011)
One year ago, in January, 2011, the National Enquirer ran with a story about Todd Palin having a mistress. A woman who had been arrested for prostitution. A single mom by the name of Shailey Tripp was exposed to national attention and humiliation. For Ms. Tripp, it was a calculated move. She’d sold her story to the tabloid, she’d passed the lie detector tests, she’d shown them email exchanges between herself and the First Dude. Game on.
Babygate bloggers grabbed the ball and ran with it. Those of us on the side lines cheered; we wondered what the next offensive play would be, and what defense the Palin team would use. Woo hoo! Trig Truthers had a new player to cheer for, to get to know, to follow the way football fanatics follow their favorite quarterback. Sarah Palin had someone new to belittle. Someone to whine about with her "Oh, geez, can you believe it," defense like she uses when she calls us Wackos.
We know how it turned out. The team on the side of truth and Palin exposure took a trouncing. The officiating was rigged. What should have won points with the media and move Team Tripp into Super Bowl-level completion for national attention, was instead, called back and reversed by crooked law enforcement officials. By the time the Packers defeated the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, the powerhouse playing for the Palins had put the fledgling Shay Tripp team to rest, too.
But Shay is no quitter. And Truthers are determined. And, bloggers have their individual reasons for taking up the Babygate story, and each Palin blogger took a position. Some in prominent starter positions and some second string. Whether on the field or in the stands, the folks who continued to believe that Todd Palin’s connection to a prostitute in Wasilla was a story that could still make it big were the bloggers and their readers. This team continued to show up and work out. Details emerged through Ms. Tripp’s testing out of creative strategies -selling Todd Palin email exchanges on eBay, giving interviews with bloggers, starting her own blog, and self publishing her first book.
That book, “Looking for Inspiration” is Shailey’s most personal story. It’s far more personal than any recounting of sex acts with strangers could be. In this short book, Shay gives an honest account of troubled familial relationships. Details of sex for hire might sell, but if you’d rather pick up something that stirs the compassionate side of you, I recommend “Looking for Inspiration.” It’s only 32 pages and that includes the “Special sneak Preview” of Shailey Tripp’s next book.
I’m going to give you a snippet from that Preview. I don’t think anyone else in Babygate bloggery has told you what’s in “Looking for Inspiration;” what follows if from page 30.
“One officer was introduced and I was told this was his bust. I asked him his name and when he spoke I looked closer. He was a former client; a sexual client. Then I noticed two FBI guys there who were also former clients. No way in hell I was going to say anything now. I knew this was serious.”
If that “Sneak Preview” doesn’t make you return to your seat for the second half of the game, you should turn in your “Wacko” team jersey.
According to Shay’s blog, her second book, the one about Todd Palin, will be out early this year.Team Tripp is coming back onto the field after a rousing halftime pep talk delivered by all of us “coaches” who visit her blog – and we need to get behind her. Buy her first book if you are so inclined, I got mine through Amazon.com. Then, watch for the second one. I’ll announce it here as soon as I know it’s available and how to obtain it.
Gotta tell 'ya, I’m more excited about Ms. Tripp's next book than I am about Super Bowl XLVI . Go Shay! Sent a “hail Mary” pass into the end zone of the Anchorage Police Department. Game on!.