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Very quick, easy read Less than a day in fact Having been in the food industry as both an employee and an owner for most of my life And having been a server of some sort or another for 20 years, like the author of this book, I was interested to see whatI could learn.While I very much enjoyed the walk down my own memory lane through the stories contained in Ms Ginsberg s memoir, I was not very impressed by the lack of a moral to the story As a hero s journey this was an incomplete.Since I have spent the last year concentrated on understanding, as much as possible, the circuitous path I have walked to where I am standing today, I wanted to see this sort of self reflection mirrored by my heroine Being that she is older and ostensiblyexperienced than myself I was mystified by the lack of honest self seeing There was something tense and angry about her vantage point I felt a lot of compassion as I read the conclusions reached at the close of each of the chapters, in that I did not get the sense that the concept of true self empowerment and the source of this power is something she is currently aware of.I was left wondering whether her evolution has continued, whether she has made any quantum leaps since the publishing of this book I would actually like to know While getting her BA in English, Debra Ginsberg supported herself as a waitress She gives a glimpse into the the viewpoint of the server and what goes on in the kitchen Sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying, it is definitely a memoir to be read for most all of us have been on the serving side and or the dining side of the restaurant business Ginsberg, while supporting her son as a single mom as a waitress in everything from diners to the upscale side of the dining experience, went on to become an author She says the hundreds of human dramas and the paradise of seeing the human condition that unfolded every day and night gave enough material to begin writing She also says that it is no surprise that there is only one letter different in the two words waiter and writer For the people who never worked in a restaurant this book is, at the very least, a lesson in how to behave while dining.I have read her latest novel What the Heart Remembers and really enjoyed it I intend to readof her books. This wasn t nearly as fun as I had hoped While funny at times to anyone who has waited tables, this memoir readas a justification of an aging Reedie as to why, despite her quasi Ivy League Liberal Arts education, she as yet to do anything worthwhile with her life Rather than amusing antedotes, we are treated to sophmoronic attempts to intellectualize a profession in which on is paid to set a plate on a table She fails to bring any commonality of the human experiece her memoir and, in fact, it seems the only worthwhile experience this woman has had is, indeed, waiting. This book came at a point in my life when I wanted to justify what I did for a living I never really enjoyed waiting tables and don t I think the author does either but she made vaild points about the business It is grueling work, practically running all day on your feet, the organizational skills required, the psychology of every customer and their personality profile , and how ultimately no one is ever just a waitress or a cook, or a manager owner, everyone gets into the business for some reason and ultimately gets to the point where enough is enough BUT, when it is good its good, screw that, it is amazing, when everything falls into place or even when you had a rough day or night it reminds you that you are alive and you are capable of amazing feats while ultimately bringing home the bacon It points out that this job is bringing home the bacon without the on going stress of coporate america but it still isn t without its own type.This field of work is just unappreciated, and it has terrible reputation This book tells the audience how it is at least for one person, who has their master s degree and chooses to continue to do what she does , required for everyone to understand this industry isn t just about food, it should be about experience and culture of a massive growing industry that everyone relies on. Anyone who has waited tables knows how your life can be enveloped by the restaurant Long days and nights spent turning tables, coworkers who become like family, the soap operas that play around you with a live cast, the late night drinks and parties and the tips that make or break you Ginsberg s book is a littleautobiographical than I cared for, though I would suggest this to anyone waiting for the first time most of the scenarios you re likely to run in to are in here And Ginsberg isn t the only server I know of who got pregnant after meeting someone at a restaurant party. My true philistinism is revealed when I am forced to admit that I enjoyed this book farthan the high culture book of the same name, by Ha Jin This book was a lively and entertaining read Ha Jin s Waiting seemed to me to be a fairly dull book, about relatively pedestrian characters, which owed much of its success to the perceived exoticism and trendiness, at the time of its publication of its setting A book which was anointed as being important and worthy of attention, but which I suspect most people read out of a sense of duty, rather than enjoyment. Not everyone s life is interesting enough for a book, in my humble opinion.Maybe I was expectingjuicy stories about customers and restaurants, but it s really just about her life which is pretty ordinary. Memoir of a waitress incredibly boring.I thought I would laugh my way though this book, reading tales of crazy customers, instead it was a yawner that took me forever to read. Simply, utterly, brilliant.Anyone who s worked in any kind of customer service industry will read this book and nod your head along with it Anyone who s been a customer will read it and come away with an appreciation for what people in the customer service industry do.Ginsberg is not only an excellent writer with clever, dry wit, but she s got some genuinely funny stories to tell She paints the pictures of her colleagues and places of employment vividly, until you feel utterly immersed in her recollections, but she also talks about the industry, the mechanics of a restaurant, and all the ins and outs and ebbs and flows that make a restaurant, a job or a dining experience a very good one, mediocre, or a very bad one.I tracked down this book because I d read Ginsberg s second memoir, Raising Blaze, about bringing up her unique and gifted son who also has special needs and wanted to readof her work I haven t yet read About My Sisters, her third book, but it s on my bookshelf, waiting for me to crack it open But yes, to sum it up Excellent, funny, and clever A well written light read that you ll come away from smiling, and hopefully, with a bitappreciation for people working in what is surely one of the most under appreciated professions in the world I ve said it before many times, millions of people work in customer service roles, many are doing it because it s a job, some are genuinely born to the role, and none of them are appreciated enough for what they do While I doubt anyone s about to write a tell all book about working in retail, if they did, I certainly hope it d come out something like Waiting. `Download Book ☝ Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress ⇞ A Veteran Waitress Dishes Up A Spicy And Robust Account Of Life As It Really Exists Behind Kitchen DoorsPart Memoir, Part Social Commentary, Part Guide To How To Behave When Dining Out, Debra Ginsberg S Book Takes Readers On Her Twentyyear Journey As A Waitress At A Soap Operatic Italian Restaurant, An Exclusive Five Star Dining Club, The Dingiest Of Diners, And While Chronicling Her Evolution As A Writer, Ginsberg 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 How Most People In This Business Are In A Constant State Of Waiting To Do Something Else