The Easy Hour: A Novel of Leisure
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Easy Hour: A Novel of Leisure

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Welcome to the �Easy� life!

When overworked, underpaid women�s wear retail slave Lisa Galisa (the rhyming name is only the beginning of her agonies) suddenly becomes the personal assistant to an infamous Chicago socialite, she accidentally, hilariously, becomes the toast of the town. Catapulted into the role of trendsetter, this frustrated working-class girl seizes th...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Three Rivers Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Easy Hour, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Easy Hour

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 118)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Joe Collier
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
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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 2 of 5 stars
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! :)
Ultimately fairly forgettable, but a good enough time waster for a long commute or waiting room visit.
andrea marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2014
Erin marked it as to-read
May 12, 2014
Hilarygilway marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2014
Gus marked it as to-read
Dec 26, 2013
Tricia marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2013
Judith marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2013
Ayo marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2013
Rosie marked it as to-read
Sep 17, 2013
Greg marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2013
Briana marked it as to-read
Sep 15, 2013
Lesliekate marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2013
Daisy Porter-Reynolds
Daisy Porter-Reynolds marked it as to-read
Aug 07, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
LESLIE STELLA is the author of the YA novel, Permanent Record (March 2013, Skyscape/Amazon Children's), 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 Li...more
More about Leslie Stella...
Permanent Record Fat Bald Jeff: A Novel Unimaginable Zero Summer: A Novel Moteslaver The Easy Hour: A Novel of Leisure

Share This Book