Hospitality suite | Local author Jacob Tomsky (now based in Brooklyn) just published his likely-to-be-a-best-seller, "Heads in Beds," a "reckless memoir" of the hotel industry. The book goes on sale Tuesday, Nov. 20; Tomsky appears at Malaprop's on Thursday, Nov. 29. | 0 comments | 468 views
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From the second sentence, Jacob Tomsky
lets you know just what sort of a book he's
written: "I've checked you in, checked you out, oriented you to the property, served you a beverage, separated your white panties from the the white bedsheets, parked your car, tasted your room service (before and, sadly, after), cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money.
With that, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality is off at a breathless pace.
The book is what it says it is: a behind-the-scenes tell-all of the hotel industry.
Tomsky started his hospitality career as a valet parking attendant when he was just out of college ("Valet 4 Life, motherf**kers," he crows as he moves up to the front desk).
From there, the industry took Tomsky
on a rocky ride, across state lines and out of the country, calling him back to its steady (if tiny) paycheck even as he
tried to get free and pursue his
true passion, writing.
Seems the end justified the means: Tomsky
turned all those years parking cars, changing sheets, adjusting bills and pilfering snacks from mini bars into a quick-witted work of mostly non-fiction.
Heads in Beds is at turns hilarious, sad, too revealing, naughty, frightening and wildly fun.
Tomsky proves to be a smart writer.
voice is warm and accessible, but he's
also pleasantly snarky and potty-mouthed.
lets the reader see him at his
smarmy, smooth-operating best and his
filthy, fed-up worst. (And the book includes lots of tips, like how to eat and drink everything in your minibar for free, how to get extra amenities, and all of the things a hotel guest should never say to a front desk agent.)
Better yet: Tomsky
went to high school in Asheville and his
father was the media and public relations director at the Grove Park Inn
for many years.
Which is not to say that any of the bad behavior alluded to within these pages took place at the Grove Park
But as that hotel has employed or will someday employ much of Asheville's population, the connection seems worth mentioning.
And in addition of already-scheduled appearances on Good Morning America
and 20/20, Tomsky
will also make at stop at Malaprop's
to read and sign copies of Heads in Beds. (Xpress will run an interview with Tomsky
in advance of the reading.
Check back for that!)