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PX This. - The Revised Edition Paperback – May 20, 2010
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From the Back Cover
- "Per Variety, 'Daily Show' correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee have inked a deal with CBS to write and star in a sitcom about a celebrity chef and the two women who run his empire... [But] it turns out... Abbe Diaz has spent over a year shopping a treatment based on her own book... assuming the producers can find someone fierce enough to play the role of Diaz." - New York Magazine
- "... [Abbe Diaz] kept a diary in which she vented all her frustration - and named names." - msn.com
- "... that's YOUR book? Great... it's about time somebody wrote a book like that..."
- Bobby Flay
- "I liked your book. I always knew [withheld] was like that... I'm just glad it wasn't me!"
- Drew Nieporent
- "... [My book] will be nothing like your book..." - John deLucie, Chef/Author, The Hunger
- Salman Rushdie is a "fan" of PX This by Abbe Diaz on Facebook®
About the Author
She is proud to have had the opportunity to work under such nightlife arbiters as: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Brian McNally, Jonathan Morr, Peter Gatien, Eric Goode, and Sean Macpherson.
Diaz gained a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She was further educated as a non-matriculate Design student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in NYC, where she currently resides.
- "The New York service industry's Norma Rae, Abbe Diaz... the Service Industry's Nikke Finke..." - BlackBook Magazine
- "...pure unbridled crazy batshitness..." - gawker.com
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a long book because there is lots to cover: she was in New York when 9/11 happened, she had multiple jobs in multiple places, she got addicted to web boards and e-friends when her other relationships weren't there for her, and then she finds love and goes through all the typical doubts we often all have about love. I won't spoil the ending, but it's realistic, and still ongoing at [...].
The book is a diary that spans four years (2000-2004). It isn't a book with standard plot arcs and predictable resolutions, though I suppose it could have been edited to have them. I guess anyone's diary could be edited like that. The writing is stylistic - kind of like how it would sound inside someone's head - more than it is "correct grammar." It's a unique voice.
The thing that makes this book worthwhile is that the author lives a very cool life and allows the readers to ride along in a sidecar as she goes through her ups and downs. After reading enough of her down times you have to marvel at her chutzpah. Some might call it arrogance, but as you travel along while she goes on her day to day experiences, it's amazing she kept at it. Chutzpah, balls, whatever you call it, is...weirdly compelling.
But after I read the 1-STAR reviews about this book, I just had to do it this time. Because those bad reviews are obviously all fake, I am kind of appalled that they are even allowed in the first place.
Since I work in the restaurant industry, I have known about PX This for a long time. And like the reviewer King P, I also worked for Jean-Georges's company, but at different times and places than Abbe Diaz did. Much like Bourdain's well known Kitchen Confidential, so many of my friends and co-workers talked about this PX This, I guess it felt like I already read it. But I just happened to stumble across a mention of this book recently which reminded me of it, so I decided after so many years to give it a try. And I am so glad I did!
My own personal experiences with "Loser" are nothing compared to what Abbe describes, probably because I'm a server and whenever I saw our crazy and inept Director of Operations, I just ran in the other direction. I was completely oblivious to the full extent of Loser's depravity until reading Abbe's hilarious account of her front desk and office exploits.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was just awful. It read like a vapid twentysomething's facebook page. No fun celebrity dish. I would not recommend it even as a trashy beach read!Published 14 months ago by Ava R. Anderson
I had PX This saved on my to-read list for ages because I just simply didn't have the time to leisure read. I finally bought it over winter break and LOVED it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by April C.
I really enjoyed the book, it's a lightheardted read, funny and it gives a lot a insight into celeb lifePublished on May 2, 2014 by Lucia Soto Santiago
I actually ended up enjoying this immensely and by the end was hoping Abbe would triumph. I've seen her Geld Iaz collection/s and it is gorgeous. She is very talented. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Karen Sider
This is a unique and bold memoir that covers the struggles of an aspiring clothing designer as she gains an insider’s perspective on some of the celebrity clientele of New York’s... Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I thought this book was written by an insane person. I guess I am not getting what the author wanted. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Teresa
PX This is a compelling, completely original read which offers an inside look into a fascinating industry. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Verde Clover
The very moment you start reading Abbe Diaz's `PX This', you're hopelessly hooked. Diaz writes in some sort of a stream of consciousness style that is all her own--reading this is... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Meghan
PX This is the BIBLE of the high-end New York restaurant industry. I have worked for one of the very same companies that is written about extensively in PX This, and its author is... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by King P.