Rereading old favorites is my usual remedy but, since I'm here in Florida and my books are back home, a trip to the library was in order. Surprisingly, I found myself drawn toward the nonfiction shelves. Light nonfiction, in particular.
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky
How could I resist a book with this blurb?
"In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant, a rollicking, eye-opening, fantastically indiscreet memoir of a life spent (and misspent) in the hotel industry."It proved to be irreverent, gossipy, foul-mouthed, slightly immature, and just plain fun. Although not as good as Kitchen Confidential, I read half the book when I got home from the library and immediately felt my slump lifting. When I picked it up again 48 hours later, I had grown a little tired of the narrator. I'd recommend setting aside an afternoon or evening and reading this in one sitting.
Most important takeaway? You'll never get a really nice room or an upgrade if you book a hotel with expedia.
I wonder if the library has Waiter Rant. Have you read it?
Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
I'd never heard of Madame Chic until Katherine reviewed another of these books on her blog not too long ago. It looked like fun and I was happy to find this title on the library shelf. You're probably familiar with most of her "secrets", but I was entertained for a couple of hours and did pick up a few tips.
Use a finishing spray... your make-up really will last longer.
Consider a clarisonic for skin care.
Retain an air of mystery through silence.
Develop a signature entertaining style.
(At my age, I already have a signature style, but it's still good advice.)
I would certainly borrow (not buy) other Madame Chic titles.
Do you have other light nonfiction titles to recommend?