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Cannonball Read V: Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

By JamiePomerhn | Books | April 5, 2013 |

By JamiePomerhn | Books | April 5, 2013 |

Thanks to his book Heads in Beds, I kind of have a platonic crush on Jacob Tomsky. Like, I want to meet him and become his new best friend. I love his sense of humor; I was even caught chortling several times whilst reading his book on the train the other day. I am hoping some of the other people on the train took note of the title of the book. I’d like to think I spread the love for this book all over southern Germany. You’re welcome, Jacob Tomsky.

Anyway, Tom (the name he gives himself in the book) graduated with a useless degree in philosophy. Since I have a useless degree in English literature, I can relate. While living in New Orleans, he began working in a hotel, and since he was good at it, he began to climb the hotel ladder, landing a managerial position. He needed a change of scenery, so he hopped around Europe for a bit, and then he chose to give New York City a try. This led him back into the hotel scene, which eventually led to writing Heads in Beds.

The book is a cross between a memoir and a how-to guide for frequent travelers. Want to know how to score free minibar drinks? Watch movies for free? Score free wine? READ THE BOOK.

The best part about the memoir is definitely the author’s humor, which is both subtle and sarcastic. He would also pair lyrics from all genres of music with situations in the book, which I found to be funny and impressive—not many people can quote both gangsta rap AND Brian Wilson. Kudos to you, Mr. Tomsky. Kudos. There is also one part where he describes a particularly jerk-face famous guy, but he doesn’t name names. I think I figured out who it was, and if it’s who I think it is, my heart is broken. Maybe when we’re BFFs, Jacob (May I call you Jacob?) will tell me who it is.

This is a five-star book, for sure. If you love to laugh, you should read it. If you don’t love to laugh, you should probably see a professional, because that’s just sad. Oh, and the next time you stay at a hotel? Leave a great big tip for everyone.

This review is part of the volunteer Cannonball Read V. Read all about it , and find more of JamiePomerhn’s reviews on the group blog.

(Note: Any revenue generated from purchases made through the affiliate links in this review will be donated in entirety to the American Cancer Society.)

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