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Cocktail Waitress Wisdom: Life lessons learned while carrying a tray in Las Vegas Paperback – August 20, 2010


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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Heidi Harris (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982983506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982983508
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Las Vegas native Heidi Harris spent over ten years working as a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas casinos, where she learned a lot of life lessons. She then worked seven years as a Vegas lounge singer, before retiring the fishnets permanently and embarking on a career in talk radio.

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Not worth the paper it's printed on.
Alfonso Wentworth
She should have written more--much more.
Pseudonym
Easy to understand, and easy to apply.
Tom Molnar

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonym on November 10, 2011
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I love Heidi Harris' worldview, probably because it is similar in most respects to my own. I also admire her intelligence, common sense, straight talk, passion, humor, and, yes, wisdom. Her show always satisfies, offering way more than most other radio talk shows. (She's not bad looking, either, by the way.) I was sorely disappointed, therefore, after forking over ten bucks to receive a forty-nine page "book" (printed in extra-large font, at that), having assumed that Heidi would deliver as generously in print as she does over the airwaves. Sadly, my assumption proved incorrect. She should have written more--much more. She could have done so, too; by her own admission, she plans a sequel to "Cocktail Waitress Wisdom," so, obviously, she has more material on hand than she used in this paltry tome. Needless to say, I won't be buying any more of her books. However, I do plan to continue to listen to Heidi every day on the local radio station here in Las Vegas, NV. I doubt that I'll be able to think of her in quite the same way, though. She's still bold and sassy, intelligent and chatty, funny and fun, but, alas!, as a writer, she leaves a lot to be desired, despite her obvious talent. On her show, she's articulate and loquacious, but in "Cocktail Waitress Wisdom," she is taciturn, indeed. My recommendation? Don't buy her book. Listen to her on the radio, instead.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Holland Cooke on December 19, 2010
If you listen to Heidi's radio show in Las Vegas, or see her on MSNBC, you know her canny sense of whassup. What you might not know is that she acquired much of it as the character you see on the cover of this book, an amusing read that relates simple common-sense that applies to many walks of life. I recommend interviewing Heidi to all the talk hosts I coach.

HC
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By Charlie on August 4, 2013
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This is a small book and a quick read. I didn't realize what a waitress had to go through in a Vegas casino.
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Right out of the chute, you've got to know: this "book" is SHORT, Short, short. I've written Amazon reviews that are longer (which may say something about me!).

The print is really big (no need for a special "large-print" version), the margins are generous, and there are a number of blank pages. It's still barely big enough to be bound as a trade paperback, rather than a pamphlet. I didn't even bother reading it when it first arrived, being disappointed at this paltry effort by someone who has an energetic radio style, and is strong in public appearances.

So why not a 1 star review?

What there is here is really pretty good. It is a little too filtered and truncated, but there is the germ of a good book here. You do get a little insight into the lives of the ladies you see pushing drinks in the casinos. And, there is some real hard-earned wisdom dished out too.

Too bad Heidi Harris didn't keep this to herself and use it as the concept for a REAL book, using a ghost writer if necessary to translate her years of experience in one of life's tougher corners into something deeper and more revealing. There is a promised "sequel", which could, I suppose, be that book. If it fulfills the promise of this little "teaser", I hope this version won't prejudice the public against giving it a serious look.

Worth reading? Definitely yes, if you've got 20 minutes (tops). Worth the price? Not really - just too little here.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Dobry on March 17, 2011
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It is not a bad book I enjoy all of the stories, however, some of the advice was not so great. It took me just about twenty minutes to read the entire book. I feel that this book cost way too much for what little was there and I do not plan to buy part two.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Cutler on February 22, 2011
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After listening to Heidi Harris for a year on KDWN AM 720 Las Vegas, she came out with this book of her experience. This is a great collection of life's HOW To's and her opinions on the way things are. Why deal with people the wrong way when you can follow her experiences and make life much easier.
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