I 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. . . .
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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 WeathersbyAbout the Author:
Heather H. Howard's experience as a personal assistant to some of the biggest names in Hollywood for more than two decades inspired this wickedly funny fictional exposé of her clients' egotistical follies. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her ten-year-old son, Cayman.
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