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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; 1st Printing edition (January 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044669553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446695534
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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More About the Author

My last name rhymes with tequila.

I worked as a flight attendant at a major airline for six years. Now I'm an English professor. It's really not as strange as it seems.

As a native Pittsburgher, I have a weakness for gigantic deep-fried fish sandwiches. I think slippy is a real word, and sometimes drink Iron City Beer for sentimental reasons. My hometown, Trafford, is famous for two things: it's the birthplace of both the chocolate-covered pickle and Lauren Tewes, better known as Julie the cruise director from "The Love Boat."

My books include two memoirs -- The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press, 2013) and Miss New York Has Everything(Hatchette 2006) -- and a poetry collection called Spot the Terrorist (Turning Point 2012). My essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, DoubleTake, Creative Nonfiction, River Styx, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Chicago Review, 5 AM, Nerve Cowboy, Tears in the Fence, Chiron Review, Slipstream, and elsewhere. I have a few limited-edition chapbooks of poetry out there, too.

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It also doesn't hurt that she has a wonderful sense of humor and an ability to write very good comedy.
Charles W. Brice
I would like to make a comparison, but I feel that it might be more appropriate to say that this is a writer to which comparisons will be made in the future.
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First, I had to steal this book from my wife, who kept me up all night because she'd just bust out laughing while reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colleen10014 on December 15, 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William D. Ehrhart on February 12, 2006
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neutron88 on December 10, 2006
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Charwicki on July 25, 2006
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I read this book in a day, mostly in my bathtub. I just couldn't put it down. I love the chapter about the poodle most of all, but it's all so good, so funny and so sad. I could relate to so much in this book!!! I haven't read a book that I connected with like this one in such a long time. The writing is beautiful also. In short, this is a classic, brilliant book. I'm reading it out loud to strangers and friends and recommending it to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Del Sesto on September 24, 2006
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By the time you finish reading Miss New York Has Everything, you will wish you were Lori Jakiela's friend, while feeling like you already are.

Lori's story is endearing, relatable, at times funny, at times sad.

I've read quite a few memoir's this year, but there was something particularly touching and special about this one.

Miss New York deserves everything!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janice p. on August 1, 2006
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If you like a book that's as funny as it is sad, as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming, read this one. Tragic comedy at its best. The cover is very misleading, however. I originally picked this up thinking it would be a light beach read, but the book is much more than that. I was surprised, but happily so. Highly recommended reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 26, 2006
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Remember the first months of college? The summer you spent as a camp counselor? The times in your life when you went somewhere or started something where the rest of the world was outside your immediate circle--and you were meeting new people all starting the same thing you were?

Reading Lori Jakiela's memoir Miss New York Has Everything is a lot like getting to know your dorm-mates or the other camp counselors. You share your stories, you tell your tales. And, there's usually one person who's just a bit funnier, wittier, more penetrating in her stories than everyone else. That's Lori Jakiela.

Her memoir is populated with her family, including the aunt who was both a nun and a drug addict, the people she went to school with, her co-workers, customers, and a few "people on the street." There's nothing of high drama here--no tales of a raging alcoholic parent, no child abuse, no life of desperation.

Jakiela (rhymes with tequila) just tells the story of a little girl who dreamed she could be Ann Marie of "That Girl" fame, and live a life of glamour, poetry, and love in New York. The title comes from an episode of "That Girl," which is Jakiela's inspiration for getting out of western Pennsylvania and finding that life of excitement in New York.

She tells her stories well, and she doesn't waste any time on self-pity or second-guessing her own life choices. She just lays it out, and does it with a fine sense of humor and a take-no-prisoners look at everything around her. She names names, and calls her own life just as she sees it.
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