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PX This.: (diary of the potted plant) Paperback – May 13, 2004
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For battle-weary vets of the latest see-and-be-seen restaurant... want to know why you're waiting 45 minutes for your `reservation' only to watch some walk-ins saunter by and get whisked away to a table? I loved the insight into "logic" re: VIP ("PX") status, strategic table seating, to how long they'll tell you the wait is (versus how long it REALLY is).
I'm a closet Star Magazine reader, so I ate up the casual reportings of celebrity behavior when the cameras have been stowed and the media is on the other side of the VIP door.
The whole 'recent real-life' dimension was fascinating. I started looking up events and people referenced. Originally I started doing this to find out how much was dramatized fiction, but the random snippets and pictures I found actually enhanced the book. I ended up keeping my laptop nearby as I read.
For example: there's an entry about a photo shoot for a review of a restaurant where Abbe is working. She ends up in the published pic, and then a popular website guide uses the photo for their restaurant listing.
So I look up the website and bingo THERE IS THE PICTURE. Cool.
Later, I'm congratulating myself because I've web-sleuthed the identities of pseudonymed bad guys, names disguised to protect the not-so-innocent. (And boy there's a lot of corroborating testimony out there!)
Intertwined throughout is Abbe's life-- defeats and triumphs with evil bosses, flaky clients and love dramas. I quite enjoyed the whole thing on so many levels; I now keep up with her doings on her blog. Go Abbe!
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.
The author names a lot of names (Although she does use pseudonyms for a few people, they are not that difficult to figure out if you think about it and do your research), and there are quite a few people who aren't portrayed in a particularly flattering light. For this she earns a lot of respect from me -- how many people have the guts to tell the truth about relatively "big name" people (in Manhattan, anyway) in print, knowing that these same people will most likely be reading the book? Further, the author still sees a lot of these people.Read more ›
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What each reviewer has said about this book is true. It is an entertaining (or boring, depending on your taste) book about the high-end restaurant business in NYC with a lot of... Read morePublished on October 4, 2007 by Peter Damian
There is so much to say, but the best thing I can think of, is that I didn't want it to END!
Ms. Diaz is truly an inspiring and all around intelligent individual. Read more
This book is one of the funniest and most engaging books I have read in a very long time. So much so, I am buying one as a gift for a friend of mine who works in the restaurant... Read morePublished on January 11, 2006 by Steve B.
the author is clearly beyond envious of a scene that she can only enter as a server/worker. if she lusts after men who ignore her and hates women she envies, then why slave in... Read morePublished on January 10, 2006 by jj silver