The reason I began Denise Chavez's novel Face of an Angel" was that it was about a waitress who is writing a book about waitressing called "The book of service." It took only a few paragraphs to realize that the book is about much more than the life of a waitress. I, my daughters and now my grand-daughters have all worked as waitress -we live in a resort area and it's a way to make extra money. But Ms. Chavez takes our world of work to a higher level. Waiteers & waitresses are now called servers and this is one of the books themes. How we serve, not only in what we do, but in the lives we live. In Mexico, the workday is called La Jornada which also means a day's journey. Each day we live, if we work as a day laborer or a top executive -- it is our daily journey, that portion of our life and what we do is not as important as how we do it. It is this quality of self, the journey of our soul through the days of our life that gives "Face of an Angel its quality of transcendence. Other stories wind through the narrative and at the end we have journeyed through a memorabale group of lives that can help us as we try to live our own daily journeys.