This new memoir has been getting a lot of attention. HEADS IN BEDS by Jacob Tomsky is part humorous memoir, part tell-all about the hospitality industry, mainly the hotel business.
When I noticed that the two cities written about were New Orleans and New York City, well, I had to read it. Two of my favorite places. And this author has written “dirt” about big business.
Mr. Tomsky begins his memoir in New Orleans with his first job as a valet, parking cars for a large hotel in the city. Most of the antics are not new ones to me. I’ve heard of the harsh rides around the parking garage, the changes in the radio stations, and the many dents and sizzled tires. To tell you the truth I’ve heard much worse.
New Orleans is a city that has my heart. It’s a place I could never imagine living in. But one I love visiting. The restaurants are beyond compare; the hotels full of rich living. And even the street food is better than can be found in most places. It is a slow-paced city full of hospitality.
Now New York City is another animal. I love NYC. Haven’t always. There was a time I wasn’t so fond of The Big Apple. Now that I am older, I appreciate the sophistication and fullness of the city. And I do believe Mr. Tomsky has given us the flavor of its hotel life. But only just barely touched on it. If I had to guess, I would go out on a limb and say the author may just be writing a part two to this memoir. I’m sure he has bigger tales to tell.
I worked many years in the restaurant business. That was a long time ago. I waited tables, tended bar, and managed. It is an interesting way to make a living. Much like the hotel business. It is hospitality. I could tell stories that would make peoples hair stand on end. I have thought of doing just that. But, most of the people I would be writing about are still very much alive and kicking and would not be happy.
Having said all this, I will say that most people will probably enjoy reading this memoir. After all, it’s not often we get a peek inside like this. But, I would hope if there is another installment, it is even more hair-raising. Let’s really tell it all: down and dirty:)
I borrowed this book using the bookseller loan policy from our company. What a great perk that is! I just had to find out what all the hoopla was about.