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Waiting at the Dead End Diner: Poems (Working Lives) Paperback – January 26, 2014

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ISBN-13: 978-1933964799 ISBN-10: 1933964790 Edition: 1st

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Order Up! Schumejda throws an apron at you & before you can even get it tied she pulls you into the elaborate world of the Dead End Diner. Through exquisite storytelling rich with magnificent metaphor & razor-sharp insight you will work with & wait on a brilliant cast of characters & like any job, you'll love some & hate some - you'll lose some & win some. Poverty, abuse, abortion & racism, among other controversial topics, sizzle red-hot on grill while you wait on drunk college kids, dig through garbage cans looking for a lost set of dentures & talk about the strangest tip you have ever gotten. When your shift ends, you won't walk away with an empty plate, your heart will be full of love for that perfect imperfection that you are served with any family, whether it's blood or ketchup pumping through your veins. There should be a display of these books on every counter at every diner across America! - Amanda Oaks

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A book of poems that reads like a novel. Come into the diner and live with the characters of this strong book. You'll not want to leave.

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Product Details

  • Series: Working Lives
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press; 1 edition (January 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933964790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933964799
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,715,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Schwacke on January 27, 2014
I picked up this book and was sucked in from poem one. Each poem reads like a chapter in this book of fascinating characters, interesting situations, and a totally real diner. Having worked in restaurants and married to a food service worker, I saw people I've known for years in these characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dwlcx on March 13, 2014
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A marvelous collection of poems, short vivid vignettes following the arc of a narrative about life in a diner. This is working-class poetry at its best. Every poet should read it t learn how to tell a story in images of real people doing real work. And read it just for fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Smith on January 26, 2014
This book does read like a good novel or documentary film....going from character to character working in the diner or among the 'regulars.' Schumejda has a fine ear and sensitivity to the working world. It's hard to put it down.
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