Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

Anchor - Prepare to be amused, the housekeeping department’s dirty little secrets—not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, shocked, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, who are rarely on their best behavior. Heads in beds is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who’s seen it all.

Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it’s like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for and often a whole lot more. Jacob tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans.

Employees are poorly paid and frequently abused by coworkers and guests alike, and maintaining a semblance of sanity is a daily challenge. Along his journey tomsky also reveals the secrets of the industry, offering easy ways to get what you need from your hotel without any hassle. This book and a timely proffered twenty-dollar bill will help you score late checkouts and upgrades, get free stuff galore, and make that pay-per-view charge magically disappear.

Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality - . He’s checked you in, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, laughed at your jokes, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, denied you a late checkout, cleaned your toilet, checked you out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, and taken your money.

Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in “hospitality” for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel.

In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope

St. Martin's Press - A riveting first-hand account of a physician who's suddenly a dying patient, In Shock "searches for a glimmer of hope in life’s darkest moments, and finds it. The washington PostDr. But after her first visit, Dr. Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, yet often misguided, In Shock allows the reader to transform alongside Awidsh and watch what she discovers in our carefully-cultivated, standard of care.

Awdish finds herself up against the same self-protective partitions she was trained to construct as a medical student and physician, she artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection. Shatteringly personal, and yet wholly universal, she offers a brave road map for anyone navigating illness while presenting physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for embracing the emotional bond between doctor and patient.

In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope - At each step of the recovery process, disregard for anguish and suffering, Awdish was faced with something even more unexpected: repeated cavalier behavior from her fellow physicians—indifference following human loss, and an exacting emotional distance. As Dr. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and experiencing multiple overlapping organ failures.

Awdish comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician while achieving, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility for us all. Rana awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn first child.

All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House

HarperCollins e-books - Nothing could prepare them for a home restoration epic that includes evicting squatters both four- and two-legged, hunting a ghost, battling an invading wisteria vine, and discovering thousands of dollars in hidden Depression-era cash. But for a young man at a coming-of-age crossroads—"suspended between a perpetual youth and an inevitable adulthood"—the challenge is exactly the allure.

All the way home follows giffels's funny, poignant, and confounding journey as he and his wife and a colorful collection of helpers turn a money pit into a house that will complete their family. Without losing himself. But the story's heart lies deeper, in an unexpected series of personal hardships that call into question what "home" really means, and what it means to grow up.

All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House - Written with the humor and insight of bill Bryson and John Grogan, All the Way Home is the engaging tale of a young father's struggle to restore a house and find his way. A former rubber industry executive's domain, leaks rain like a cartoon shack, the once grand residence lacks functional plumbing and electricity, and is infested with all manner of wildlife.

. Running through david's head the whole time are the lyrics of a Replacements song, ".

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Random House - . Like hannah arendt’s eichmann in jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a shocking, engrossing study that will change the way we view human behavior. He replaces the long-held notion of the “bad apple” with that of the “bad barrel”—the idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around.

An extraordinarily valuable addition to the literature of the psychology of violence or ‘evil. The american Prospect “Penetrating. We are capable of resisting evil, he argues, and can even teach ourselves to act heroically. Praise for the lucifer effect “the lucifer Effect will change forever the way you think about why we behave the way we do—and, in particular, about the human potential for evil.

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil - . Combining a dense but readable and often engrossing exposition of social psychology research with an impassioned moral seriousness, Zimbardo challenges readers to look beyond glib denunciations of evil-doers and ponder our collective responsibility for the world’s ills. Publishers Weekly “A sprawling discussion.

The Windfall: A Novel

Broadway Books - But when Mr. Jha comes into an enormous sum of money—the result of an unexpectedly successful internet venture—he moves his reluctant wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, and their son,  ultimately forcing them, to reckon with who they are and what really matters to them.

Hilarious and wise, and, the fragility of pride, above all,  The Windfall illuminates with warmth and heart the precariousness of social status, the human drive to build and share a home. What kevin kwan did for rich-people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems. Peoplenamed one of the best books of the year by esquire • a people pick • a time pick  the Jhas are moving up.

The Windfall: A Novel - . For the past thirty years, their lives have been defined by cramped spaces and gossipy neighbors. Charming. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere. Praise for the Windfall“A delightful comedy of errors. Npr, weekend Edition“Ultra-charming. Vogue“i almost fell out of bed laughing. Kevin kwan, author of crazy Rich Asians  “A fun and heartfelt comedy of manners.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year

Crown - Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients. This funny, candid memoir of mccarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician's journey from ineptitude to competence.

But no teacher could help mccarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient. The real doctor will see you shortly offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?

Mccarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. Mccarthy's one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called “Baio” owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star, who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year - But when a new admission to the critical care unit almost died his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. A scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, bringing readers into the critical care unit to see one burgeoning physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. In medical school, matt mccarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients.

Not Quite Mastering the Art of French Living

Skyhorse - Introducing the english-speaking world to the region of brittany in the tradition of Peter Mayle’s homage to Provence, Mark Greenside’s first book, I’ll Never Be French, continues to be among the bestselling books about the region today. Through some hits and lots of misses, how he gets what he needs—which is not necessarily what he thinks he wants—and how to be grateful and thankful when especially when he fails, he learns the rules of engagement, which is more often than he can believe.

Wall street journal bestseller every year upon arriving in plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, American writer Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas–filled Francophile life. Experienced francophiles and armchair travelers alike will delight in this new chapter exploring the practical and philosophical questions of French life, vividly brought to life by Greenside’s humor and affection for his community.

Not Quite Mastering the Art of French Living - Continuing the journey begun in his 2009 memoir about beginning life in France, Not Quite Mastering the Art of French Living details Greenside’s daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story. Mellowed and humbled, slightly daunted, he faces imminent concerns: what does he cook for a french person? who has the right-of-way when entering or exiting a roundabout? Where does he pay for a parking ticket? And most dauntingly of all, but not daunted OK, when can he touch the tomatoes? Despite the two decades that have passed since Greenside’s snap decision to buy a house in Brittany and begin a bi-continental life, the quirks of French living still manage to confound him.

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

W. W. Norton & Company - The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon. With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick Jr. Including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, MD, and a minister with a .

22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of vertosick’s patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain—the culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craft—illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

Tune In Tokyo:The Gaijin Diaries

Lake Union Publishing - Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. The world is full of cowards. Tim anderson was pushing thirty and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected.

. Right when he least expects it. But so few people actually have the bravery to run – run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way.

Tune In Tokyo:The Gaijin Diaries - It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and his siouxsie and the banshees box set to move to “a tiny, his cat, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”? In Tokyo, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, overcrowded island heaving with clever, Tim became a “gaijin, ” an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these sixteen hilarious stories.

Summer at Tiffany

HarperCollins e-books - The cleveland plain dealer raves, seen through the eyes of two 21-year-olds, recollecting with a touching purity a magical summer in Manhattan, “Hart writes about that stylish summer with verve, just as the end of World War II approached. ”. Hart has a genuine gift for conveying the texture of midcentury Manhattan….

She makes the dilemmas of her own young life both compelling and contemporary. Usa today “a glorious once upon a time fairytale come true…. I loved every moment!”  —adriana trigiani, author of very valentine a memoir acclaimed as “reminiscent of The Best of Everything and Breakfast at Tiffany’s” BookPage, Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is the true story of two best friends experiencing the time of their lives in New York City during the summer of 1945.

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - With the grit of raymond carver, the humor of grace paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, hitchhikers and bad Christians.

I have always had faith that the best writers will rise to the top, sooner or later, quoted, and will become exactly as well-known as they should be-their work talked about, filmed, taught, like cream, performed, set to music, anthologized. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories - Perhaps, with the present collection, Lucia Berlin will begin to gain the attention she deserves. Lydia davisa manual for cleaning women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin.