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The Easy Hour: A Novel of Leisure

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When lifelong women's wear saleslady Lisa Galisa accidentally becomes the toast of Chicago, she seizes the opportunity to unleash her frustration on a gullible society. This biting, hilarious new novel from the Chicago 'zine mogul could very well set in motion an easy lifestyle wave of pandemic proportions.
Paperback, 265 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Three Rivers Press (CA)
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Joe Collier
Jul 15, 2011 Joe Collier rated it it was amazing
Southside born and raised Lisa Galisa sells sportswear at Chicago's Fishman's Department Store, her retail existence barely more ambitious than dreams of earning the coveted brown senior salesperson name tag and portraying Maria Callas as part of a storewide Greek Islands marketing theme. When Lisa helps her friend Fred launch a popular retro-themed club night—the Easy Hour—in a local Bridgeport tavern, her path crosses that of infamous socialite Honey Dietrich and she gets the chance to become ...more
Sep 17, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
This book seems like it was trying to be a fish out of water story similar to The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries, however I don't think it is at the same level. It has some funny parts, and was entertaining, but there were some references that seemed either unresolved or unnecessary (why does the main character need to idly smoke pot every time she returns home?). It is a fairly quick read, and full of pop culture references.
Dec 06, 2007 Nirac rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I thought it would be like other chick lit books I've read. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. The main reason for this is that I
never really enjoyed reading it. I kind of had to force myself thought the pages... I didn't like the characters, and neither the hole situation.
May 21, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
better than fat bald jeff but not as good as unimaginable zero summer (the first book i found from this author). she manages to make her main characters un-sympathetic but then somehow likeable. kind of strange. fun 'easy' read :)
Nov 30, 2007 Little rated it it was ok
Ultimately fairly forgettable, but a good enough time waster for a long commute or waiting room visit.
May 14, 2007 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
I wasn't really a fan of this book. It is a nice story of the grass is always greener, but then turns out not to be.
Jun 22, 2008 Francesca rated it it was ok
Recommended to Francesca by: Caroline
Shelves: chick-lit
Just not sharp or clever enough to hold my attention, although it has its moments (and is really well edited! :)
Jul 08, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
Did not even finish the book. Got about 100 pages in, and was so uninterested that I had to put it down. While the Chicago setting was mildly interesting, I found zero entertainment in the narrator.
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LESLIE STELLA is the author of the YA novel, Permanent Record (March 2013, Skyscape), and three previous novels of contemporary adult fiction, Unimaginable Zero Summer, The Easy Hour, and Fat Bald Jeff. She was a founding editor of the Chicago-based politics and satire magazine Lumpen, and her work has been published in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Bust, Easy Listener, and anthol ...more
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