Book #21 Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

Book Review Heads in BedsHave you ever wondered whether or not you’re supposed to tip the maid at a hotel? And if so, how are they going to know that it’s for them and not just your money lying on the dresser? What about bellmen? And what can you do to make sure that the staff at the hotel is looking out for you? Or, conversely, what should you absolutely NOT do to make sure that no one holds a grudge against you? Heads in Beds has those answers, and lots more.

Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for over 10 years, and in his memoir, he provides a really interesting behind-the-scenes view of life as a hotel employee. His memoir is at times funny, sad, and totally inappropriate. Which is why it was super awkward when I was listening to this book on audiobook in my car, and accidentally opened the door at Harris Teeter before I turned the car off. There was an older lady getting out of her car beside mine and I think that the crass language that suddenly shot from my car (mixed with my laughter) probably offended her more a than a little bit. I did manage to turn the car off pretty fast, but she still totally heard at least three bad words.

The whole book is not just a string of foul language, but there is certainly a good bit of it. There are stories about weird hotel guests, angry outbursts at the check-in desk and awful retribution doled out by hotel staff to rude guests. I’ll put it this way: think about all the things that you leave unattended in your hotel room (toothpaste, shampoo, perfume, food, clothing) and then consider the very most offensive thing that another person could do to those things. Yes, they have done that. And worse. That should make you eager to treat and tip hotel staff well.

I listened to this whole book in just about a week on my drive to and from work. The audiobook from is read by the author, which is always a major plus. I’d recommend it!

The list so far:

18. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

19. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

20. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

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