Coffee, Tea or Me?

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Remember when flying was glamorous and sexy, even fun? When airline food was gourmet, everyone dressed up for a flight, and stewardesses catered to our every need-at least in our imaginations? This classic memoir by two audaciously outspoken young ladies, who lived and loved the free-spirited stewardess life, jets you back to those golden days of air travel-from the captain who's as subtle as a 747 when he's on the make to the passenger who mistakes the overhead luggage rack for an upper berth; from the names of ...

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Overview

Remember when flying was glamorous and sexy, even fun? When airline food was gourmet, everyone dressed up for a flight, and stewardesses catered to our every need-at least in our imaginations? This classic memoir by two audaciously outspoken young ladies, who lived and loved the free-spirited stewardess life, jets you back to those golden days of air travel-from the captain who's as subtle as a 747 when he's on the make to the passenger who mistakes the overhead luggage rack for an upper berth; from the names of celebrities who were a pleasure to serve (and some surprising notables on the "bad guy" list) to the origins of some naughty stereotypes-Spaniards are the best lovers, actors the most foul-mouthed. This huge bestseller, a First Class jet-age journal, offers a hilarious gold mine of outrageous anecdotes from the high-flying and amorous lives of those busty, lusty, adventuresome young women of the swinging '60s known as "stews."

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Believe it or not, flying on commercial airlines 35 years ago was boffo. If you're sitting in a cramped seat eating your stale pretzels, think back to when chateaubriand was carved seat-side. In coach. If you're having a hard time wrapping your mind around that, proof has just hit the shelves in the reissued 1967 pulp classic Coffee, Tea or Me?: The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones with Donald Bain. — Ayesha Court
Library Journal
Released in 1967 during that decade's sexual revolution, this book was one of the darlings of the free love generation. The text essentially is a litany of all the passes by pilots, businessmen, film producers, artists, etc., made at the two authors while they served the friendly skies. It's kitschy by today's standards but still can be fun as a relic of another age. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142003510
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 461,383
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Foreword xvii
I "Is This Your First Flight, Too?" 1
II "Let's Run Away and Be Stewardesses" 21
III "Big Momma Is Watching" 31
IV "You're Nothing but a Stew-Bum, George" 51
V "Can We Fit Eight in This Apartment?" 67
VI "This Is Your Captain Speaking" 87
VII "You Must See So Many Interesting Places, My Dear" 99
VIII "You Must Meet So Many Interesting Men, My Dear" 107
IX "The Radar Is Built In" 125
X "They Looked So Normal" 133
XI "You Ought to Be in Pictures, Sweetie" 143
XII "Wow! We're Going to Work a Press Trip!" 149
XIII "Please, Not Another Press Trip" 163
XIV "There's Another Drunk in 3A" 177
XV "Baby-Sitters of the Sky" 189
XVI "Even Your Best Friend Won't Tell You" 195
XVII "Have a Merry Mistress" 203
XVIII "The Saga of Sandy" 219
XIX "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Plane Like This?" 229
XX "Should We Strike?" 259
XXI "A Layover Is Not What You Think" 271
XXII "An Unhappy Landing" 279
XXIII "We'll Give It One More Year, Okay?" 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Written by a guy actually

    This book was actually written by a publicist for Pan Am, a guy by the name of Donald Bain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    I don't remember the story or how it went, I just remember readi

    I don't remember the story or how it went, I just remember reading the book in 7th grade and thinking it was a great story.  I loved it.  I may change my mind now as an adult, but don't know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Great read

    My mom had the whole series when I was a teen. As she finished each one I would fight my sister as to who would read it first. This is the one that started it all for me, the story was funny and easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Real cute retro

    Dont be offended by terms for homosexuals its a sign of the time. Funny light hearted read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Read it and then view the Movie..

    I remember the book and the movie. Both were great. I also wanted to be a 'stew' when I was young. What a glamarous life. Flying from place to place and enjoying the antics of people in general. A life of real flirting, real sex, and real adventure. A very memorable book and movie. Always will be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    Sexist Claptrap!!!!!

    The high star rating is because the book is so well written and entertaining in spite of there being so much I disagree with and resent. Don't get me started on the 'You Seemed So Normal' chapter, or rather, let's. The stereotypical notion of the homosexual by the shrewish Sixties straight female who resents gay men because we lessen her chances or gay women because they give them an added burden to contend with. Puh-leeze!!!! And the heterosexist garbage, from the cartoon drawings highlighting T and A to satiatingly satisfying the prurient tastes of the straight suburban male all harken back to a time it is better so many of us escaped from! To reissue this tripe is almost a yearning for that time to return--but do we really want it to? I don't think so? Has it ever completely gone away? No! Le plus ca change, le plus meme chose!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Two Women who Changed My Life

    To paraphrase Carol...I first read Coffee Tea Or Me when I was 12 also! I reread this book every year. Ms. Baker and Ms. Jones impressed me because they were real women who didn't work in a factory or shop and they met all kinds of people! They also escaped their hometowns...which I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Better than a First Class upgrade

    A must read, especially these days. When passengers behavior has become so questionable towards flight attendants, it's nice to be reminded of an era when fun, glamour, adventure and even sex were something to smile about. All while idolizing a workforce for living out our own dreams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Most fun I have ever read.

    I first read 'Coffee,Tea or Me' when I was 12 and reread it for more years then I can count. I wanted to be a 'stewardess' because of it. At 20 my dream came true and loved every minute of it for 27 years. This book is not all fact but it sure is a lot of fun.I am thrilled it's being rereleased I lost my copy on a layover.

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