Counter Culture

The American Coffee Shop Waitress

by Katharine Wray

9 December 2009

Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress – Candacy A. Taylor – ILR Press [$19.95]

When you’re a kid, diners mean chocolate malts and french fries. When you’re in high school they mean cigarettes and coffee. When you’re in college – they’re a vital part of the hangover cure, a comforting place to nurse your headache. And through all this is the waitress keeping you, and everyone else in the place, in line. Photographer Candacy A. Taylor traversed the country documenting these women’s stories. With the changing history of America in the background, this is a great gift for the nostalgic type. Aspiring photographers would enjoy this book as a solid example of journalistic photography, and your favorite diner waitress would certainly appreciate this book as a holiday tip, if you were feeling so inclined.

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