Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays: Malled

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail by Caitlin Kelly p. 11

"Reading my local paper, I saw in September 2007 a help wanted as for The North Face, a national chain of high-end outdoor wear. The company was opening a new store in an upscale mall nearby, filled with high-end names like Versace, Tiffany, and Neiman Marcus, in an affluent county near New York City."

Having worked retail myself, I think she has a somewhat romantic view of retail work, but working at a high end mall is a smart move.


Unknown said...

Sounds like an interesting read :)


kayerj said...

hmmm . . . I was expecting something funny from the title and the picture. Is the book a serious read? kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Anonymouse said...

Its a hilarious book...abet unintentionally. I am about halfway through and I am sort of finishing it in spite of the author. If you have any experience in retail, I suspect you'll find this book really insulting.

The basic gist of her losing her job and having to go into retail is not true at all. Its pretty clear that she went into retail just to write a book. Furthermore, she only worked one day a week. She isn't even trying to survive in retail. There is an early part of the book that perfectly shows the disconnect between the author and her co-workers. She mentions how she is the only person that can afford to eat at the food court for lunch. Everyone else has to scrounge for food cheaply as a single meal basically wipes out 2 hours of wages.

This honestly reminds me of the time I was in the military and we had a reporter hanging out with us, pumping us for a story. It was so disingenuous when some guy joins us for a few days, tried to hang out with us, and then acting like he is one of us. Meanwhile he is eating steaks every night, getting eight hours of sleep, and not risking his ass for shit.

Maybe the book will get better. But I am telling you, if you ever worked a retail job, this book is going to piss you off to no end.