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Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress

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Publisher Comments:

Many people can tell horror stories about their teenage or college stints waiting tables. For Debra Ginsberg, struggling writer and single mother, waitressing has been a means of survival — and she has the scars to prove it.

In Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress — part memoir, part social commentary, part guide on how to behave when dining out-Ginsberg takes readers on an intimate journey of her twenty years as a waitress at the dingiest of diners, a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star dining club, and more. While chronicling her parallel evolution as a writer and single mother, the book also takes a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant life — revealing that, yes, when pushed, a server will spit in food, and, no, that's not really decaf you're getting-and at how most people in this business are in a constant state of waiting to do something else.

Colorful, insightful, and often irreverent, Ginsberg's stories truly capture the spirit of the universal things she's learned about human nature, interpersonal relationships, the frightening things that go on in the kitchen, romantic hopes dashed and rebuilt, and all of the frustrating and funny moments in this life. Waiting is for everyone who has had to wait for their life to begin — only to realize, suddenly, that they're living it.

Synopsis:

Ginsberg takes readers on an intimate and often hilarious journey of her 20 years as a waitress at the dingiest of diners, a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star supper club, and other fine and not-so-fine dining establishments.

About the Author

Debra Ginsberg is the author of Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress and Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World. A graduate of Reed College, she is a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and the San Diego Union-Tribune "Books" section.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060194796
Subtitle:
The True Confessions of a Waitress
Author:
Ginsberg, Debra
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Waitresses
Subject:
General Humor
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 23
Publication Date:
20000703
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.53x5.82x1.05 in. 1.02 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » Women
Cooking and Food » Food Writing » Gastronomic Literature
Cooking and Food » Food Writing » General
Cooking and Food » Professional and Quantity » General

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"Synopsis" by , Ginsberg takes readers on an intimate and often hilarious journey of her 20 years as a waitress at the dingiest of diners, a soap-operatic Italian restaurant, an exclusive five-star supper club, and other fine and not-so-fine dining establishments.
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