The Easy Hour

by

Author: Leslie Stella

Title: The Easy Hour

Genre: Women’s Lives and Relationships

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 265

Geographical Setting: Chicago

Time Period: Present day

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Southside born and raised Lisa Galisa (it rhymes!) 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 before long she is taking memos as her personal assistant. Soon Lisa—when not confiding in gay best friend Tim Gideon—is spending her time planning an Easy Christmas party for Chicago’s elite, and falling in love with Ray Fuchet (also rhymes!), laid-off schoolteacher/part-time Fishman’s janitor and Aristotle Onassis to her Callas. Has Lisa finally come into her own? Can she bring her Easy style to high society Chicago? Stella’s second novel is a witty, sharp story of one girl’s chance to climb a little higher, albeit with her offbeat family and friends in tow. Readers who enjoy a lively, clever, light-hearted story with humorous female characters, a little bit of  fashion and more than a little irony should take note.

Subject Headings: Women’s clothing industry; Chicago—Fiction; Retail trade; Love stories; Women—Humor—Fiction

Appeal:  Humorous, intelligent, light-hearted, offbeat characters, Chicago setting, romantic, sarcastic, sweet, pop-culture references, sarcastic, hipster culture, brisk pace, witty, family issues

3 terms that best describe this book: Witty, intelligent, offbeat characters

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Wacky Chicks: Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women, by Simon Doonan (eccentric female characters, humor)

Groovy Chick’s Guide to Shopping and Style, by Bang on the Door (fashion, hipster culture, humor)

Pretty in Plaid: A Life, A Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase, by Jen Lancaster (sassy humor, fashion, feminine perspective)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Night I Got Lucky, by Laura Caldwell (offbeat characters, romantic tone, strong female lead character)

The Bitch-Proof Suit, by Dee-ann Black (fashion, women’s humor, lead character faces personal challenges in business and relationships)

Cat’s Meow, by Melissa De la Cruz (quirky female character, romantic tone, fashion humor)

-Joe

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