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Heads in beds : a reckless memoir of hotels, hustles, and so-called hospitality

by Tomsky, Jacob,

Format: Large Print 2014
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Large Print Books TX911.3.F75 T66 2014x CL15731
Location  CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
 
Collection  Large Print Books
 
Call Number  TX911.3.F75 T66 2014x CL15731
 
 
CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Large Print Books TX911.3.F75 T66 2014x CL15731
Location  CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
 
Collection  Large Print Books
 
Call Number  TX911.3.F75 T66 2014x CL15731
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Large Print Fiction LP 647.9409 Tom
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Large Print Fiction
 
Call Number  LP 647.9409 Tom
 
 
Upper St. Clair Township Library Large Print Non-fiction 647.94 TOM
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
 
Collection  Large Print Non-fiction
 
Call Number  647.94 TOM
 
 
Summary
A New York Times BestsellerAn Indie Next PickJacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. With a philosophy degree and a lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a luxury hotel in New Orleans. He ended up working in "hospitality" for over a decade, from supervising housekeeping to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. Now he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Comparisons to Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential (2000) are inevitable but not entirely accurate. Yes, both Tomsky and Bourdain purport to expose the underbelly of service industries with which most readers are familiar, hotels and restaurants. But where Bourdain is all rock 'n' roll, egotistical bluster, Tomsky is surprisingly earnest and sympathetic; there are, after all, no television programs called Top Desk Clerk. He wants your respect, not your adulation. Sure, he tosses off a few requisite f-bombs, instructs readers on how to steal from hotel minibars, and name-drops Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, more so because he seems to feel the genre demands it. Indeed, it would be easy to pen a book about crazy hotel guests. But this memoir succeeds, instead, in humanizing the people who park our cars, clean our hotel rooms, and carry our luggage. You will never not tip housekeeping or your bellhop again. Tomsky fell into hotel work and proved to be rather good at it; the same can be said for his writing.--Wetli, Patty Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Those who want a hotel up-grade, who must make a same-day room cancellation without getting charged, or wonder why hotel water sometimes tastes like lemon Pledge need look no further than Tomsky's memoir, a collection of stories, memories, and secrets about the hospitality business. Bouncing around various hotel jobs-bellman, housekeeping manager, front desk attendant-for more than a 10 years, he's got the skinny that would make most travel sites blush. Follow his advice and you'll be drinking from the mini-bar and watching in-room movies for free. But this is more than a collection of trade secrets; it's a colorful tale filled with vibrant characters from crazy bellman to even crazier guests. Tomsky is a solid storyteller who is able to intricately detail all the insanity surrounding him. Agent: Farley Chase. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print peer picks.
Subjects Tomsky, Jacob -- Anecdotes.
Hotel clerks -- United States -- Biography.
Hotels -- Employees -- Biography.
Hotels -- United States -- Humor.
Large type books.
Publisher Waterville, Maine :2014
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 423 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781410473974
141047397X
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