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The Customer is Always Wrong
The Customer is Always Wrong | Mimi Pond
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A young womans art career begins to lift off as those around her succumb to addiction and alcoholism The Customer is Always Wrong is the continuing saga of a young nave artist working in a restaurant of drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps. Oakland in the late seventies is a scuzzy, low-rent warzone and Mimi Pond folds the tales of the sleaze-ball characters that surround her into her workaday waitressing life. Outrageous and loving tributes and takedowns of her co-workers and satellites of the Imperial Cafe create a snapshot of a time in Mimis life where she encounters who she is, and who she is not. Told in the same brash yet earnest style as her previous memoir Over Easy, Ponds storytelling gifts have never been stronger than in this epic, comedic novel. She drops readers right back at the Imperial with its great coffee and depraved cast, where things only get worse for the addicts and alcoholics surrounding her while her career as a cartoonist starts to take off.
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megnews
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This #graphicmemoir wasn‘t what I thought it was going to be. Quarter of the way in, I wasn‘t sure I was going to like it. However there‘s a lovable, misfit cast of characters that grows on you.

#mapsinbooks #bookswithmaps

Book 54/90 2/7/19

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megnews
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Really trying to finish this before I 😴. #WhatAreYouReadingWednesdays

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Thedrunkstrawberry
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I ❤️ roxy music and I ❤️ this book

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Lindy
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Big, fat 2nd volume to Pond‘s lightly fictionalized operatic memoir in comics format about working in an Oakland diner in the 70s. In a Jezebel interview, it was noted that the first part, Over Easy “is one big party, and then this book is like the hangover.” There are consequences to all of the drugs, sex & alcohol. Sweet, hand-drawn artwork washed in retro blue-green; memorable characters; accomplished storytelling; and so much warm humour. 💕

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Lindy
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I‘ve entered a parallel universe, inhabited by men with pinkie rings, bear-like bikers, one-eyed Chinese men, and topless cocaine waitresses. If I tried to tell it, no one would believe me.

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“I‘ve just seen too many people get fucked up and give drugs a bad name.”

AmyG Me, too. I‘ve known a few young people who lost their lives to drugs. 😪 5y
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Lindy
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This memoir is set in about 1980, when I also drove a maroon Mercury Marquis. Mine had no front grill and no dashboard buttons. The radio station changed every time I hit a pothole. I had purchased the car for $1.

TrishB Awesome memory 😁 5y
Lindy @TrishB I shake my head just thinking about the gas-guzzlers of that era. 5y
Reecaspieces Ha! The radio on my Ford LTD did the exact same thing in the 80‘s 😂 5y
batsy The part about radio stations changing... 😂 5y
Lindy @batsy Did you notice it wasn‘t just me? @Reecaspieces had a car like that too. 😄 5y
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“Thing One and Thing Two‘ll be here shortly. They had to go score some coke. Where do you think they get all that energy?”

Meeko93 😂 5y
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Lindy
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Madge finds herself in some sketchy situations when she tries to help out her friends. Train wrecks that become humorous on retelling.

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Lindy
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There are some great lines in this memoir. (And I‘m not talking about the extensive use of cocaine.)

LeahBergen That IS a great line. 😆 5y
Lindy @LeahBergen It was fortunate for the author that she found this couple amusing, because she ended up making decent money by selling them some of her artwork. 😊 5y
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So this happened.Went to the library,and this book just called to me. I Have not read her previous one Over Easy.Takes place in late 70‘s though most can relate to being young, foolish , and hoping you can achieve your dreams in the confusion of young adulthood.Great ,gritty ,Oakland vibe.

#letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon

TricksyTails Your description makes me want to read this now! 😁👍 5y
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#TBT Meeting Mimi Pond at her book release party in Chattanooga & barreling through THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG in three days. I️ laughed. I️ cried. I️ adore Mimi.

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Excellent book dealing with difficult issues - and quite an ending.

UrsulaMonarch You'll like it if you liked 5y
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Has anyone felt this way when reading #thecatinthehat ? I don't remember that!

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#DustBowlCouture
Pond's writing & illustrations are both great! Such expressive characters

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Excited to be starting this! I really enjoyed

Lindy I didn't know she had another one out. Thanks for posting this! 5y
UrsulaMonarch @Lindy my pleasure! ☺️ as a heads up, it feels more depressing/ brutal than 5y
UrsulaMonarch And/but is still excellent! 5y
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neglected work to churn through this one today. i haven't read anything that captures the mundanity and melodrama of waitressing quite like this one. i loved it, and the ending smashed my heart right up.