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Chore Whore: Adventures of a Celebrity Personal Assistant

by Heather H. Howard

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Pure popcorn. Not particularly well-written, but fun in a train-wrecky sort of way. Isn't that the only reason to read these books? So one can judge the rich and famous and their over-the-top lives? Compulsively readable and arguably better than the tabloids in the checkout line. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
When people have so much money that they move in circles where employees have to pick up the panties discarded on the floor by some one night stand or other, they tend to lose touch with reality. Money really can buy you almost everything you desire, including a gun range and armory in the basement accessed through a secret bedroom door for ... which Hollywood star? There are clues, but you have to guess. The louche lifestyles, endless one night stands, paranoia that requires a steel fortress room to hide in, people to pick up your handbag and carry it across the room (shades of the late Queen Mother here). These people have entourages called 'my people' and this book is by one of them.

It's obvious that money can't buy you happiness or sanity, although it can buy you lots of people who will tell you how wonderful you are or give you endless therapy just in case you don't believe them. However laughable and contemptible this seems, I have to say if someone hands me over a fortune (large or small, let's not be too picky about this) I will take it and I will try to be the exception and, as the Lottery winners say, 'not change'.

And if I do, and I end up with a celebrity personal assistant like the author, then I will thoroughly deserve to end up being exposed and mocked, as in this rather enjoyable and entertaining book.

The book is officially fiction, but the author really was a celebrity personal assistant and it was quite fun trying to guess who the stars were. Some are even identified by name. If you can identify them all, you have been reading the National Enquirer and watching showbiz programmes far too much!

Recommended for that hour when getting a pedi and manicure or a short plane flight to absolutely nowhere very important.
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  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
The cover of "Chore Whore" claims that "This novel is 98% true!" Whether the percentage is accurate or not, the lightly fictionalized tale of a harried celebrity personal assistant in Hollywood is amusing, if not terrifying. And it is likely that most is true, author Heather Howard was a personal assistant for over 20 years in Hollywood.

The novel focuses on the demanding life of Corki Brown, celebrity assistant to some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Lucy Bennett (an Oscar-winning actress) and Jock Straupman (an actor who is always bedding another young woman). Balancing the insane demands of the stars, including their last minute gift-giving binges and parties, with life as a single mother to her 10-year-old son Blaise, who has begun acting up in school, Corki is perpetually short on time, short on money, and (in her pithy commentary) short on patience.

There's not a lot of narrative arc to the story, aside from worries about lost income when the stars go overseas to shoot, seemingly all at once, and the adolescent acting-out of Blaise. Instead, the book careens from one unbelievable story to the next, cataloguing a series of self-indulgent and outrageous requests, petty squabbles, and absurd romantic relationships (among the stars, rather than involving Corki).

The book is entertaining, sometimes in a way similar to slowing down to look at a traffic accident. It is engagingly written, and easy to read. Unfortunately, it was so easy to read I often multi-tasked and did other things while I read the book; sometimes I even watched TV while reading. ( )
  ALincolnNut | Nov 9, 2010 |
I must admit this book was fun to read. Corki Brown ia a Personal Assistant and a widow who is trying to look after her troubled teenage son as well as three main celebritys. All three of them expect Corki to drop everything for them (um ..that is her job ) anyway the author does an excellent job of weaving her real life experience as a Personal Assistant into this book and at times you find yourself trying to work out who these actors really are. ( )
  sanga71 | Feb 20, 2009 |
Subtitle: Adventures of a Celebrity Personal Assistant. An unendearing account of a celebrity personal assistant, by a celebrity assistant. Not going to set the world on fire. ( )
  Elishibai | Jul 29, 2007 |
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Certain passages from Heather Howard's Chore Whore: Adventures of a Celebrity Personal Assistant lead one to believe that the author was trying to write a humorous public service announcement about the horrors (not whores) of becoming a personal assistant. Corki Brown, a long-suffering single mom with a handful of famously hard-to-please bosses, navigates a crazy world of gun-toting movie stars, Atkins diets, and hard-to-find toilet seats, all for less money than she really deserves. Howard apparently had a lengthy career as an assistant herself, so that toilet seat story would very well be based in reality. With terrifying tales like this lining bookstore shelves, it's a wonder the real rich and famous can still hail cabs, let alone find people desperate enough to wait on them full time.

The title Chore Whore might suggest that Howard would consider turning a critical eye towards those willing to take humiliating, low-paying work for the privilege of being close to celebrity. Say the type of person who looks at these positions not as regular jobs, but as literary internships to a career writing Chick Lit. No such luck, of course. The sins are all the side of fictional celebrities. (Don't worry--no actual famous people's reputations were harmed in the publishing of this book.) Howard is fine as writer; she makes the pages turn. One only wonders if books from this tell-all-style, assistant-fiction genre will hold up as well as some of the films made by the celebrities they criticize. --Leah Weathersby

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have been used, abused, lied to, and cheated on, blamed, shamed, screamed at, and ridiculed. I've been scammed and damned, had my ass kissed, my reputation dissed, and my face spat on. All in the name of working as a celebrity personal assistant . . . a CHORE WHORE! After twenty years of working thanklessly for a dozen high-powered Hollywood hotshots, Corki Brown has had enough. She's sick to death of handling elaborate extortion deals, washing groupies' dirty underwear, and having to whip up intimate dinners on no notice for spoiled stars, each with his or her own bizarre dietary demands. And now her ten-year-old son is starting to exhibit some disturbing signs of Tinseltown weirdness. It's time to get out, but escape won't be easy. . . .Corki Brown has finally had it. Working for multiple celebrities for nearly 15 years, she reaches breaking point when tasks begin to border on the surreal. So she devises a plan to get away and save her life, her family and her sanity..… (more)

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