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Miss New York Has Everything Paperback – January 23, 2006

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Don't let the smiling stewardess on the cover fool you: Jakiela's memoir has more in common with Chuck Klosterman than Coffee, Tea or Me? The early story focuses on the author's 1970s childhood in a working-class Pennsylvania town, especially on her father, a factory worker who considered other people "cockroaches," but doted on his pet miniature poodle. She dwells on her love of '70s pop idols like Shaun Cassidy and explains that her decision to abandon a career as a journalist and writing teacher to become a flight attendant was inspired by a childhood admiration for Marlo Thomas and That Girl. Unsurprisingly, Jakiela discovers life in the skies isn't really glamorous, and the job quickly takes an emotional toll. "My world started to shrink down to small spaces," Jakiela writes, an endless chain of jet cabins and hotel rooms. But there are also poignant moments in brief portraits of colleagues and passengers, and more than enough proof that Jakiela's decision to pursue a writing career was the right move. (Jan. 23)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; 1st Printing edition (January 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044669553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446695534
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Lima VINE VOICE on April 22, 2006
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I realized this wasn't going to be a "pick-me-up" book when I saw that the common thread to each chapter is the disappointment that comes when one realizes a dream, only to find that the dream wasn't as great as one first imagined. Sure enough, the melancholy in Miss New York Has Everything is as thick as peanut butter. Some may be unable to get past this sadness and thus find the book unappealing. But, I found three factors which offset the melancholy enough to make the book entertaining. First, Jakiela knows how to put a sentence together. Her writing style is accessible and powerful, thus making the book a quick read. Second, she sprinkles just enough humor in the story to take the edge off the moroseness. Finally, the emotion behind the story is genuine, thereby making it easy to relate to Jakiela and her travails. Because of these factors, I actually felt a little bit hopeful for Jakiela by the end of Miss New York Has Everything. I also felt good for having spent time reading this painfully honest, yet emotionally rewarding, memoir.
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After reading a few chapters of this book, I was a little disappointed. "Miss New York Has Everything" is promoted as the story of a small-town girl who becomes a flight attendant in order to live in New York--but the first half of the book is devoted to Jakiela's childhood and upbringing in a quirky American family in Trafford, Pennsylvania. Don't get me wrong: there's nothing wrong with the first part. It's funny and quite lovely. It's just not what I expected when I bought the book.

I had to wait approximately 130 pages for Jakiela to move to New York, where she finds a life that's absolutely lacking in the glamour she envisioned while watching Marlo Thomas in "That Girl." While traveling around the world, sleeping in horrible hotels, cleaning after rude passengers or looking for love in all the wrong places, Jakiela is someone you like, someone you find yourself rooting for. The end of the book was touching and moving without ever being maudlin. And it's nice to know that even though she no longer lives here, Lori Jakiela still loves New York as much as I do.
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This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. From start to finish, I was deeply impressed-often to the point of visibly shaking my head and/or making vocal noises loud enough to attract my wife's attention-by Jakiela's skills at understated humor, and tenderness without sappiness, and her ability to blend those two qualities with exquisite and devastating effectiveness. Moreover, Jakiela offers a unique perspective on commercial air travel: I will never again board an airplane without remembering Jakiela and endeavoring to behave in a manner that will not leave me skewered on the end of her pen.
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I remember from my own experiences worrying about if my hips were too wide to be a stewardess. No I am not kidding, but I applied for such a job when I was at the university. In those days girls were recruited to such jobs,and there were long lens of applicants.
No that is not what happened in this book, but it was similar...in the sense of how "little" things were important. the author and I are worlds apart, and it was fun to read this young persons hit on her life...I am assuming she did become an airline hostess.
it is not what I would call a deep book, but it is about struggling to be something, and to have an important life...or at leads to stay in the old neighborhood. oh dear I am not sure of this, but it was good.
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Do you ever pick up a book and know a few pages into it that you are reading something special? I didn't know where the story was going, which is befitting a good story-- but I could relate to everything that happens in this endearing memoir. It is a book about life's dreams and disappointments, reality, relationships, family and growing up ("coming of age"). Lori Jakiela has written this book with grace and humor and an embarrassingly honest demeaner.
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Only a flight attendant knows an international layover doesn't equate to happiness. And only an ex flight attendant who is now an author can make "flying international" sound truly miserable. Published in 2006, Miss New York Has Everything proves not a lot has changed as far as flying is concerned. This book starts off slow, but quickly picks up as soon as Lori Jakiela moves to New York and begins her flying career. But that doesn't happen until halfway through the book. For that I give it 4 stars instead of 5. Based on the cover artwork, this LOOKS like a flight attendant book, so those who purchase it might be disappointed to learn that even though Lori was a flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier, this book isn't JUST about flying. It's about a woman from a small town who has a big dream. She wants to become a writer. At the age of 45 she decides to go for it by becoming a flight attendant and moving to New York. New York, of course, is where dreams come true. I loved reading about her life in Queens. Because like most new hires who get based in New York, that's where we all end up. Lori is funny, but in a dark and depressing kind of way. Even though I really enjoyed the book, I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. Writers will relate to her struggle. Flight attendants will relate to how lonely and miserable the author feels at times. Women may be inspired by how she refused to give up on a dream, regardless of the path she chose to obtain it.
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