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The American Coffee Shop Waitress

From the down-on-her-luck single mom to the grumpy, gray-haired woman in a rumpled uniform, the diner and coffee shop waitress is a staple of American TV and movies. But former waitress turned writer Candacy Taylor gives us a broader perspective in her new book, "Counter Culture," by introducing us to more than 50 veteran waitresses across the country. 

In this discussion with Mike Cuthbert, Taylor and a waitress featured in the book, Sondra Dudley, tell us more about the women behind the counter and their passion for the job. To listen, press play on the audio player.

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