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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142003514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142003510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The kind of book that's a nuisance to own. Everyone wants to borrow it." (Look)

About the Author

Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher’s longtime collaborator, is the writer of over eighty books, many of them bestsellers.


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Over all it was a fun book to read again after my flying experience!
peppergirl
Its a really funny book, that2 flight attendents talk about there jobs and some of the bizzare things that happen on flights.
confettiqueen722
The book is wonderful, Its one of those books you start reading and dont want to put down thats how good it is.
Elizabeth Ward

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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Wilson on November 1, 2003
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Back in 1967 when this book was firs published it was considered to be prettty racy stuff. My parents owned a copy but I was never allowed to read it. Finally after all these years I saw the new edition and bought it. Things certainly have changed. Rachel and Trudy were lighthearted, funny girls who got into madcap adventures that no sane flight attendent today would dare try.
Back in the 60s stews had to be single, attractive and thin, today as anyone can tell you flight attendents don't have to be any of these things. Sex seemed to be a game both men and women were playing. Today romance on the job isn't much fun at all. Back then flying was still fun. Today it's more like Dante's Inferno. Rachel & Trudy occasionally dealt with pervert passengers, and often with drunks and rotten kids but the whole phenomenon of air rage was stil unknown.
Some of the observations Rachel and Trudy made about certain types of male passengers were considered beyond the pale back in '67, today we don't even give it a second thought. Check out their comments on page 237 and you'll see what I mean. One more thing I noticed about this funny book. It couldn't be written today. The whole mind numbing political correctness movement would've made an editor cut out whole chapters. The book will make you smile and it's like a historical artifact to boot.It's a peep into a swinging lost world.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Hill on January 1, 2011
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I got this as a gift from my amazon wish list this Christmas thinking it was non-fiction. While I enjoyed the book I was disappointed when I learned that Coffee, Tea or Me isn't the actual memoirs of two real people as told to the author. There was never a Trudy or Rachel; these are fictionalized characters! This is acknowledged by the author in the forward of the reprint addition; he stated that he made up the two stewardesses based upon two he met one evening who had some funny stories. He worked in the industry so he created Trudy and Rachel based upon those two ladies, his experiences and stories he had heard.

Amazon has this book listed under "non-fiction" but the publisher, Penguin, lists it as fiction on their own site.

If you are looking for a tell-all from two real stewardesses from the sixties, you will not find that in this book. If you want an entertaining read that takes a lot of creative license about fictional characters in that period, then this is for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on June 16, 2005
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I picked this up based solely on the reissue cover. I got into it and started wondering who the heck would talk like this, as a woman? Then, about 1/2 the way through, I read the intro and realized this was actually penned by a male who had interviewed a lot of stewardesses. It made me feel better that these weren't real women, but a man trying to sound like a woman.

This isn't a literary work, but it is a great beach read. Don't expect too much, and you'll be thrilled to join these two "women" on their careers. I was born well after the 60's, and it is fun to imagine how classy and upscale air travel was back then. It's certainly a contrast to the budget consciousness of today.

It was definitely a page turner, because I wanted to keep having more adventures in the crazy life of 60's stewardesses. Check this one out and have fun for a few hours.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ritashko on January 25, 2012
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Having been a real airline Stewardess for a real airline in the 1960's I knew this book is total fiction. I had never read it until the recent reprint. There is no way that it is true. No airline would put up with a lot of stuff in that book. The stewardesses could not have met all of those celebrities and men from different countries. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that it is quite obvious that the book is totally made up by Donald Bain who is a ghost writer. However for this book he is a fiction writer. It is funny and entertaining, and totally ridiculous. It doesn't reflect at all the real world of airline stewardesses in the 1960's. If you realize it is fiction you might enjoy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ward on May 19, 2006
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This book was my mothers as a young teen and passed down to me when i turned 13 a few years ago. The book is wonderful, Its one of those books you start reading and dont want to put down thats how good it is.

I've read the whole series and they all are great.

you could read this book over and over again and never get tired of it.

I reccommend this book to anyone.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kala TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17, 2003
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I don't know why I got this book, maybe the title grabbed my attention. I thought it would be interesting to read about life as a stewardess back in the 60's, when it was so glamorous. The book is choc full of anecdotes (sp?) about passengers and captains. I've really enjoyed reading about Trudy and Rachel's escapades, especially the chapter about their "basic training" like stewardess school. I haven't finished the book, but I am about 80% through it. I pick it up every once in awhile and read a chapter here and there. It's not like a novel in that I want to read the entire thing to see what happens. Overall I recommend it with 4 stars, I've gotten quite a lot of enjoyment in reading it and find it to be well worth the money spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mind Traveler on November 27, 2011
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This book takes place in a time I've never experienced and... looks like I never will. A time when flying was glamorous and sexy???

The protagonists are two young, beautiful and fun stewardesses. Trudy and Rachel are on their own for the first time and are living it up. Flying and traveling provides many opportunities for meeting men and mayhem. Both of which they do in plenty. But they still manage to make it to their flights for work the next day. A fun, if not highly exaggerated account, of a stewardess's life in the 60s.

I thought this book was a memoir because... well... the title is, The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses. So, I was a little disappointed to find out that it isn't truly a memoir. It's only based on the stories of two stewardesses and was embellished on quite a bit from there. Despite that small disappointment, it is a charming and entertaining read all the same.
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