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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.
I agree with most of the readers that say it was one of the funniest, most insightful, and shockingly honest books I have ever read. The book is written in a unique voice, which might be hard to get if you're much older (although my dad is 65 and he also loved it) or are not that into boldly brazen and somewhat raunchy humorous writing. I don't think that you have to be really into restaurants to appreciate it, but if you are (like I am), you will likely get a lot more out of it. If you dine out alot and are fond of famous chefs and restaurateurs (like Jean-Georges, Keith and Brian McNally, Graydon Carter, etc.) then this book is an absolute eye-opener that will change the way you view "hott" restaurants forever.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that even though I originally read it because of the restaurant angle (this book is very well-known in NYC), I actually found the author's experiences as a struggling artist in the high-fashion industry even more interesting and heart-wrenching. And even better than that were her hilarious but profound views of life and people in general.
Basically, if you love celebrities, fabulous restaurants, NYC nightlife, couture fashion, or just good, funny, endearing, boot-strapping, amazingly inspirational stories, then I think you will love it as much as I did. But if you don't like or have any curiosity about any of those things, this book is probably not the best choice for you. I can see how some people might find it depressing, because the author (whether she knows it or not) actually lives a fantastic life that others can only dream of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOL, now I see what reviewer Nelly F was talking about! One of the funniest, unique, and entertaining books I have read in a long while. Off to read PX Me next! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Geraldine G. Cary
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 13 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 18 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
I loved this book, but here's the thing-- I have been swayed by enough fake reviews on Amazon that I hardly ever bother to read the glowing 5-STAR ones anymore. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Nelly F.
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