Hey, Waitress!

Hey, Waitress!

The USA From the Other Side of the Tray

eBook - 2002
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Alison Owings travelled the USA from border to border and coast to coast, to hear firsthand what waitresses think about their lives, their work and their world. Part journalism, part oral history, "Hey, Waitress!" introduces an eclectic cast of characters.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
ISBN: 9780520931220
052093122X
9781417508396
1417508396
9780520242241
0520242246
9781597346528
1597346527
9780520217508
0520217500
0520217500
1282357557
9781282357556
Characteristics: 1 online resource (334 pages) : illustrations
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Jul 04, 2011

Although there are some stories here about the "average" waitress, there are also unique stories - the Native American who waitressed at a restaurant on a reservation, a white woman who worked at a Woolworth's lunch counter in the south that was the site of civil rights sit-ins, a labor organizer, a 95 year-old waitress, and a woman who sued a high-end restaurant that wouldn't allow women to work as servers there.
It does get a bit tedious later in the book but the author is a good writer with insight and caring and that carried me through to the end. The author also correctly diagnoses many of the problems faced by waitresses in their workplaces as either sexism or classism.
This book made me think about waitresses and vow to do better by them in the future. Everyone who eats out should read this book.

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