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Elaine's was a world-famous New York restaurant that became home to writers and celebrities. Owner Elaine Kaufman was known to be "New York feisty", controversial, often rude, always blunt, with the flare of Gertrude Stein and Dorothy Parker. Elaine was highly respected and frequently feared, and Elaine's the restaurant received the public's love and praise time and time again. Woody Allen held a regular table there, and Elaine's was even featured in Allen's Manhattan and Billy Joel's song "Big Shot".
Throughout the years Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and countless celebrities, politicians, socialites, private eyes, athletes, and artists and the biggest names in Hollywood became Elaine's regulars. Most emphatically Elaine's raison d'être was to nourish "starving writers" with encouragement, introductions to Pulitzer Prize winners, and free food and alcohol. These struggling authors responded to Elaine's support with profound gratitude.
Elaine passed away in 2010, forcing the restaurant manager to close shop shortly after. "There is no Elaine's without Elaine", she decreed. However, the memories remain and are recalled by a variety of Elaine's regulars in this moving, oftentimes amusing collection of personal essays.
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By ZacharyKindle Customer on 02-04-17
ELAINE'S " Where everyone knew her name"
Would you consider the audio edition of Elaine's to be better than the print version?
Not necessarily. The voices were very flat!
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's hard to say there were many.
Have you listened to any of Nicol Zanzarella and Johnathan McClain ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I think "CHEERS" already did, don't you?
Any additional comments?
WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE TO MEET THAT WONDERFUL LADY!!!
By Susan on 07-15-15
ELAINE WAS ONE OF A KIND<br />
Utterly adore this book, and I wish Elaine had been my MOMA also!!!
Amy Phillips Penn brings forth the ambiance, the heat, & star studded qualities of this remarkably, unique character, Elaine, who can never be replaced.
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