HR Strange But True!
June 17, 2002

Bookstores are suddenly being deluged with memoirs and romans a clef by servants and office assistants trying to cash in on former employers' fame and follies. It's a subversive literary genre that The New York Times calls "boss betrayal."

A variation on the tell-all exposé, these books are written not by peers or rivals or the principals themselves, but by subordinates. They could be subtitled, "You'll never serve lunch in this town again.''

It used to be that only movie stars, presidents and Kennedys had to worry about revelations by butlers, secretaries or bodyguards. Suddenly, magazine editors are prey. So are wealthy matrons and business leaders.

The Times notes, for example, that a former aide to Elisabeth S. Grubman, the public relations woman whose errant SUV wreaked havoc in the Hamptons one night last summer, is writing a fictionalized account that is anything but positive.

Source: The New York Times, via the San Jose Mercury News

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