Coffee, Tea or Me? The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses
Remember when flying was glamorous and sexy, even fun? When airline food was gourmet, everyone dressed up for a flight, and stewardesses catered to our every need-at least in our imaginations? This classic memoir by two audaciously outspoken young ladies, who lived and loved the free-spirited stewardess life, jets you back to those golden days of air travel-from the captain who's as subtle as a 747 when he's on the make to the passenger who mistakes the overhead luggage rack for an upper berth; from the names of celebrities who were a pleasure to serve (and some surprising notables on the "bad guy" list) to the origins of some naughty stereotypes-Spaniards are the best lovers, actors the most foul-mouthed. This huge bestseller, a First Class jet-age journal, offers a hilarious gold mine of outrageous anecdotes from the high-flying and amorous lives of those busty, lusty, adventuresome young women of the swinging '60s known as "stews."
things sure have changed
By Kimberley Wilson - November 1, 2003
Back in 1967 when this book was firs published it was considered to be prettty racy stuff. My parents owned a copy but I was never allowed to read it. Finally after all these years I saw the new edition and bought it. Things certainly have changed. Rachel and Trudy were lighthearted, funny girls who got into madcap adventures that no sane flight attendent today would dare try. Back in the 60s stews had to be single, attractive and thin, today as anyone can tell you flight attendents don't have to be any of these things. Sex seemed to be a game both men and women were playing. Today romance on the job isn't much fun at all. Back then flying was still fun. Today it's more like Dante's Inferno. Rachel & Trudy occasionally dealt with pervert passengers, and often with drunks and rotten kids but the whole phenomenon of air rage was stil unknown. Some of the observations Rachel and Trudy made about certain types of male passengers were considered beyond the pale back in '67, today... read more
This book is FICTION and NOT actual memoirs!
By A. D. Hill - January 1, 2011
I got this as a gift from my amazon wish list this Christmas thinking it was non-fiction. While I enjoyed the book I was disappointed when I learned that Coffee, Tea or Me isn't the actual memoirs of two real people as told to the author. There was never a Trudy or Rachel; these are fictionalized characters! This is acknowledged by the author in the forward of the reprint addition; he stated that he made up the two stewardesses based upon two he met one evening who had some funny stories. He worked in the industry so he created Trudy and Rachel based upon those two ladies, his experiences and stories he had heard.
Amazon has this book listed under "non-fiction" but the publisher, Penguin, lists it as fiction on their own site.
If you are looking for a tell-all from two real stewardesses from the sixties, you will not find that in this book. If you want an entertaining read that takes a lot of creative license about fictional characters in that period, then this... read more
Nowhere Near True
By Ritashko - January 25, 2012
Having been a real airline Stewardess for a real airline in the 1960's I knew this book is total fiction. I had never read it until the recent reprint. There is no way that it is true. No airline would put up with a lot of stuff in that book. The stewardesses could not have met all of those celebrities and men from different countries. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that it is quite obvious that the book is totally made up by Donald Bain who is a ghost writer. However for this book he is a fiction writer. It is funny and entertaining, and totally ridiculous. It doesn't reflect at all the real world of airline stewardesses in the 1960's. If you realize it is fiction you might enjoy it.