Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Heads in Beds - Tomsky

Armed with a philosophy degree and not much more, Jacob Tomsky grabs the first job he can find after college. He quickly finds himself on a career path he never anticipated or wanted.

Accepting a position as a valet at a local hotel, he finds he can actually make good money while having fun. Through the years, he moves up in the ranks to supervising the housekeeping department, manning the front desk, and convinces a manage that he himself is management material.  But hospitality never his goal, he never seems to take the job seriously.  He even makes a move from New Orleans to New York to try to break the cycle, but eventually finds himself returning to the field to secure a regular paycheck.

Eventually, , he seems to just accept his fate and utilize the system to benefit himself. He steals items from minibars and supply cabinets, works the customers to ensure maximum tips and "off-the-clock" gifts, and eventually reaps the ultimate benefit, this memoir Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality.

Entertaining, funny, and more than a bit cheeky, Tomsky's book is a good read.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.