Les tribulations d'une caissière
Former cashier Anna Sam offers an insider's peek at what really goes on behind the register. In the wise and witty voice of the college-educated, underpaid retail worker, Sam comments on everything from ill-cut uniforms, to drunken custome...more
I have mixed feelings on this book. When reading the synopsis I expected funny stories of different people that came through the writer's line. And there is that, but there's some other stuff too that I wasn't as taken with.
In this book, Sam ranges all over the job of a supermarket cashier. From uniforms to early birds and all other types of customers, she covers everythin...more
Unfortunately I found it very disappointing. The sketches were superficial and brief, none of them especially memorable or illuminating. There were also two serious distractions from the original content of the book: (1) the publisher's unaccountable decision to pretend the w...more
Addtionally it felt more of a job description than funny stories and anecdotes from behind the...more
It's always interesting to get a peek into someone else's life. It seems that a checkout operator in France has a considerably better safety net than a checkout operator in the United States.
This book is short, light, and humorous, as if the author didn't want to wear ou...more
*I won this through First Reads*
I don't think I would have picked this book up if I had not won it through First Reads. I mean a memoir about working as a cashier in a grocery store for eight years doesn't sound like riveting reading material. However, I'm not one to knock a free book and in the spirit of the First Reads program I wanted to read and review this one. However, the best thing I can say about this book is...more
I had such a laugh with this one! The moment we heard about this book at the bookstore where I work, we all vowed we'd read it, and I for one wasn't disappointed!
See, I don't think it matters much what it is you're selling, wether you work in a huge supermarket like Anna Sam, or in a bookstore like me, we do share those costumer stories, and I think everyone...more
Checkout is a very short book and an incredibly quick read. I read it in under an hour and a half. It has...more
I learnt that supermarkets in France don’t supply their customers with free bags anymore, unlike the UK where they’re given out every day in their thousands and then thrown carelessly away, cluttering up the rubbish dumps.
I also discovered what the three most common questions the till operators are a...more
En effet, la lecture était très amusante, j’ai même beaucoup rit pour les réflexions très comiques de l’auteur, elle décrit le client comme un être complètement différent qui...more
-I assumed from the getgo that this was a case of a blogger getting a book deal. And I've never read the blog in question (apparently it's in French? More on that later), but I get the impression that it's in a different format than the book. The book is really general, with only a few specific examples of the crazy behavior she describes. The strongest and most interesting parts were the anecdotes and dialogs, and there weren't nearly enough of those.
Often overlooked is the role supermarkets play in the working lives of hundreds of thousands of staff that they directly emply (as well as those they often don't - cleaners, staff c...more
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I'm surprised the book has received so many rave reviews, as the stories seemed so generic to me. The author makes a few good points - don't assume your cashier is some high school drop-out with...more
This book is based on a blog by the same author. Some blogs lose a lot of their quality when they are turned into bo...more
How to Be a Woman; Caitlin Moran; 307 pages; Harper Perennials; 2011
I first heard Caitlin Moran speak on the radio (probably NPR) and was taken by her frank and funny delivery. Her book does not disappoint. Here is a rundown of the author’s momentous life events, ranging from first periods to dating, to childbirth, even aborti...more
Yet this book was a sensational bestseller in France, where it is being adapted for the stage and screen. Today, a few years after its publication, it might have a tremendous audience in the USA, wh...more
This book is great! It is a collection of blog entries by a literature major who spent a few years working as a checkout clerk at a French supermarket. Her observations are brilliant: if you have ever spent any time behind a cash register, you will recognize every customer, boss, and co-worker that Anna Sam profiles in her extremely witty way. I do not kno...more
L'auteur ne cherche pas forcément à nous faire cogiter, mais seulement à nous faire réfléchir un peu à notre façon d'agir lorsque l'on est à la caisse.
Certains comportement m'ont vraiment étonnés !
Ce que j'aime particulièrement c'est l'humour avec lequel l'auteur raconte ces anecdotes. Elle raconte ces histoires de façon ironique et très amusante, alors qu'elle pourrait nou...more
Anna Sam décortique en catégorie d'événement qu'il peut lui arriver en tant que caissière, que ça soit en rapport avec son métier ou par rapport au client. C'est ce deuxième cadre qui est le plus intéressant selon moi. Certaines situations sont un peu folles et peuvent faire rire, d'autres faire hal...more