Daneet Steffens
August 18, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Debra Ginsberg
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Nonfiction, Women's Studies

We gave it a B

Debra Ginsberg has made a life out of waiting tables: She used the jobs first to gain independence, then to help put herself through college, and finally as a way to make a living as a single mother. After two decades, she’s got plenty of stories covering both the pros (”the excitement, the hustle, and the money”) and the cons (”exhausted feet, customers bent on denigrating their waitress, sexist boneheaded managers, and occasional misanthropy”). She dips into the politics behind tipping and restaurant hierarchy, and even offers her own personal dissection of how movies and TV portray waitresses. This last venture is the least compelling, but the overall effect of Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress is often funny and ultimately satisfying. B

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