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Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress / Edition 1

Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress / Edition 1

by Candacy A. Taylor
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ISBN-13: 9780801474408
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 08/06/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Candacy A. Taylor is an award-winning photographer, writer, and visual artist. For eight years she has produced multimedia ethnography and oral history projects that challenge common stereotypes of women and class. She has conducted research for National Geographic and the Library of Congress and has received numerous grants for her work, including two Story Fund grants from the California Council for the Humanities.

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Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
picardyrose on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I liked the idea better than the actual book.
OliviainNJ on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An ode to the waitress who is a "lifer," the lifeblood of diners and coffee shops across the country. Counter Culture tells the stories of women who signed up and stayed, some because of the money, some because it was the best opportunity available to a women of their generation. The author writes about the history of women in diners, counter versus table service, "regular" customers, tips, and the next generation of waitresses; interspersing these with anecdotes from the lives of waitresses around the country. Taylor's book challenges the stereotypes associated with servers in small food establishments and makes these women come alive. A slender book, an easy read, and highly recommended.
LadyC-SLT More than 1 year ago
Reading this book is enlightening and it gives me a better perspective as to how hard all these women work in different diners across the country and they do it with such ease and so much efficiency. Kudos to them. They're awesome and they definitely rock. What they are doing is a skill that is in a class by itself. I work in an office as a secretary (over 36 years) - a semi-sedentary job, and I know I would not be able to walk back and forth for many hours, dealing with hungry customers; handle six or seven plates of food on one arm and several cups of coffee in the other hand and serve the customers without breaking a sweat. When dining out, I always wonder how these women manage to remember what customers ordered from the menu and how amazing they stay on top of all what is going on around them and the fantastic job they do in taking care their customers. One thing I know for sure, my husband and I definitely are going to have to dine at Ole's Waffle Shop in Alameda and meet one of the waitresses mentioned in this book - Dolores Jeanpierre. These women are troopers, warhorses, endangered species and the OG's of waitressing. Not only are they skillful, but also they do their work with so much passion and they enjoy every bit of it. All of these women should also be considered mentors for the younger waitresses, "showing them the rope" and sing "This is how we do it". Great book to read...truly inspiring. Also, kudos to the author, Candacy A. Taylor, for doing the extensive research and giving the readers a better insight of what waitresses are - highly skillful women.