I’m happy to announce that the paperback edition of Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter hit the New York Times Extended Bestseller List! Thanks everybody!
NYT Bestseller List
by waiter | Aug 13, 2009 | Uncategorized | 64 comments
CONGRATTTTTS!!!! Loved your book, Love your blog…. Love your turn of the phrase.
I just picked up the paperback edition this weekend. I can’t wait to read it!
congratulations!!! 😀 keep writing!
Congratulations! The kudos are well deserved.
Congratulations! How exciting for you.
Congratz! You definitely deserve it.
So how rich are you now? ;P
Fabulous! When’s your next book coming out? I need my WaiterRant fix….
Well done!! WOOT WOOT!
I just finished reading the book! I absolutely loved it! It’s a funny, entertaining, funny, insightful book! Thank you for sharing it with the world!
Great book! Keep chasing your wind, that is all one can do! Congratulations! Love your book!
Great book! Keep chasing your wind, that is all one can do! Congratulations!
Congrats, and best of luck to you. Are you a ship heading out to sea yet? (obscure reference to old blog post)
Congrats, Steve! So happy for you!
I got the book a few days ago and am halfway through it. I’m really enjoying the book, congrats on being on the best sellers list.
Love the book!!!
congrats. on another subject, did you happen to see the fox news clip on the “waiter race” in jerusalem? don’t have the link, sorry.
Congratulations…that’s quite an achievement!
Congrats! I just finished your book on my kindle and I loved it! Can’t wait for your next one!
Congrats, Steve! Well-deserved! I had thoroughly enjoyed reading your book, as did my dad, mother, brother, partner…
Good work Steve.
Well done and well deserved! Just finished the book as it brought back some repressed stories, chuckling out loud reading yours. Thank you and best of luck.
What JY said; you earned it and deserve it. We all got a lot of enjoyment out of it too.
Loved the book- made everyone I know read it. Never stop writing.
Loved the book. Just curious…..have you made enough money to live off your proceeds as a writer?
I sure hope so….looking forward to many more books:-)
I bought my copy! Congrats, Steve!
Congrats so when IS that next book coming out?
Congrats, Steve! Well deserved!
Hooray! I just read it – excellent work.
Mr. D: I just LOVE your book! I think you’re the best new American writer out there. I count among my favorite writers Judith Martin (syndicated columnist who writes Miss Manners), Robert Fulghum (best known for “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”), and Linda Richman (Mike Myers’ mother-in-law, author of “I’d Rather Laugh”). And I have to add you to that list! I would love to hear your treatment of other industries like information technology (computers, which I’ve done for almost 25 years), retail, or the medical field. I think you have a GREAT future as a writer. PLEASE think about pursuing that; you’re too witty to have all that genius waste away someplace beneath you!
Congrats to you. Can’t wait for the second one to hit the shelves.
Steve, loved Waiter Rant! I cannot wait for your new book on tipping comes out!
Lovely easy read—-haven’t laughed so much in a while I hope the book makes you a fortune Nice to see genuine talent making a few bucks I will definitely buy the next one
Wow that is so great for you! Congratulations for your success–you deserve it.
a valued customer came into the restaurant drinking her greygoose on the rocks laughing while she read watiers rant. the next day she came in just to give me the book and also signed it saying she hopes im always her favorite customer. i read the book and loved it ive had similar experiences i have worked in upper class restaurants but i find myself in a better more welcoming environment with bosses that treat me like family. a pub and grub. but that doesnt mean i dont have to deal with the assholes that come into every restaurant but i love my job as a server and now a breakfast cook. i loved the book great job. and it makes me think i guess im in the waitress limbo….lol thank u for writing such a fabulous book we need more customers educated on what servers have to go through. muahzzzzzzzzzz
Just read the book! I blew through it in two days. I have to say that it was one of the best pieces of writing that I have seen in ages. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! I look forward to reading your next one and want to thank you for giving hope to all of us out here who are one thing for money but are really something more!
As a customer who has actually had you as their waiter on many, many occasions I must say how happy I am that you’ve met with such success. I laughed so hard – especially knowing so many of the players you aptly described. As a former server myself, I’m glad I was never an asshole to you!
Congratulations! Love to see both servers and bloggers making it big. 🙂
Congratulations on your success! I read the book on Saturday (I did not want to put it down and did so only long enough to go out to dinner…which was a different experience even before finishing it). I just bought 5 copies for my friends. What a wonderful and full story about your journey..and insight into human behavior. I am sure there is something for everyone to relate to by observation or personal behavior. Keep writing…can’t wait for the next one.
I have just finished & enjoyed your book (which I did indeed buy–kaching!–in trade paperback, at San Diego Int’l Airport). If you have not already read it, I recommend to you at least the “restaurants” section of “Down & Out in Paris & London” by George Orwell. [Google that author & title to find the text online, if you can’t easily find a hardcopy.] Another time, & other places, but the human interactions & types in that milieu are essentially unchanged between his book & yours; also, I think he writes well.
I just finished reading Waiter Rant and loved it immensely. Your book has re-inspired me to pursue my dream of writing. Thank you
Congrats on the NY Times Paperback Best Seller list! My husband was an actor (waiter) for years and the nicer the restaurant the more insane the stories he told. You’re a very witty writer and much fun to read. I bought the trade paperback at BJs Warehouse Club and read it very quickly. An excellent Summer read (or anytime read).
What happened to your post from the other day?! It disappeared!
I missed the maine story…hopefully archives.org will have it
I read and finished this book the day I bought it,and am now passing it along to the other servers in my restaurant to read as well. Congratulations on your success:) I hope to see more books from you.
Just finished it this afternoon. Loved it!
I happened upon your book in B&N last week and after reading a few pages decided to buy it. Your writing is fabulous, easy to read and holds my interest. It is really nice to come across random (had never heard of your blog prior to reading the book) great books. Best of luck to you.
as a on and off again waitress, fit into the catergory of not finding a purpose…totally loved your book. I see so much of what you wrote in the restaurant i work in, keep up the good work. CONGRATS!!! on your sucess.
Just listened to the audiobook on a long car ride and it made the time fly by. As a former career waiter/catering manager and the mother of two young women currently in the restaurant business I could *totally* relate. Glad you’ve found your voice =)
Loved your book! As a server for the last ten years, I can totally relate! And- it’s nice to know that we aren’t suffering alone or I’m not just crazy!! ha ha! Thanks for a great piece of writing on a topic that could serve us all! Good luck with your future endeavors!
I just read a few posts above mine and wanted to comment on my category. For a while I was going to school to be a teacher so I was aspiring to be something else…now I have a brand new category for you: My career doesn’t pay enough! I’m a teacher (5 years) and I definitely need the second job to float and live comfortably! Anyone else fit into this one?
I heard you on NPR a while ago and when a friend of mine pulled out your book- I was SO excited!
It seems that I may have been living under a rock for the past 4 years because I only stumbled upon the existence of your blog (and book) last week. I’m not quite sure how this got by me.
But I picked-up your book last night and can’t put it down. Thank you for writing and sharing openly. Thank you for allowing me to reminisce. And most of all, thank you for reminding me why I never want to wait tables again.
I am a 22 year old waiter/college student at an Italian, family owned restaurant in Minnesota. Before this job I had a different, yet still often thankless customer service job that was acting as a mask for my fear of not pursuing something that actually mattered to me.I was afraid of screwing up and making the wrong choices. However I eventually took the leap of faith I needed to, quit that horrible job, and went back to school to become a teacher. While not a day goes by that I don’t wonder if I am still making the right choice I do it anyways. Your book has been another wonderful reminder to me of just how important it is to not let that fear keep me from pursuing my goals.
While I know this may sound strange to hear I would like to say that you should be extremely proud of yourself for all that you have/will achieve! Good luck to you sir and with sincerest thanks,
Just finished your book yesterday. Loved it. Keep writing, I look forward to the next one.
Kind of strange: I was just on Amazon, buying your paperback book. One seller (CastAway Books & Media) was trying to sell it for $514.99 + $3.99 shipping. Hope you get a percentage. Or maybe they send the proceeds to waiters!
i hear about u book weeks ago and finally buy it im a waiter in hell kitchen 44&8 u book is the best of the best cuz is truth life 4us (the waiter,s)i almost done waiting 4 the next one u very good wat u do comprende
I just read your book Wait Rant and I LOVED IT!!!
I just read your book Wait Rant and I LOVED IT!!!
wow, my comment was published before I even finished it. Twice it was uploaded….I was going to say, before I was so rudely interrupted, is that I am working at a Rocky Rococos at the moment and what you said in your book–so true!! So f*ucking true it’s like you have telepathy into my relm of reality. I’m only 22 years old but what you write applies to people of all ages. Bravo.
Thanks! I really believe that a couple of my friends will appreciate this article.. now where is that email to your friends button again?