224 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 31 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3611-5
Published: August 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2112-8
Published: April 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2113-5
Published: April 2015
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About the Authors
Matthew Pratt Guterl is Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies at Brown University.
For more information about Matthew Pratt Guterl, visit the Author Page.
Caroline F. Levander is the Carlson Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English at Rice University.
For more information about Caroline Field Levander, visit the Author Page.
“Authors Caroline Field levander and Matthew Pratt Guterl do a great job entertaining their readers with gossipy tidbits, jaw dropping information, and little-known insider facts.”--The Bookworm Sez
“Provides a good counterpoint to standard works examining hotels from historical or operational viewpoints.”--CHOICE
"A clever take on hotel life ... the book presents hotels as powerful social institutions, not unlike universities, hospitals and even prisons, that embrace all walks of life and offer insights into who and what we are."
--Overnight New York
"Hotel Life is truly a joy to read. With razor-sharp attention to the historical incidentals of our many modern hotels, Caroline Field Levander and Matthew Pratt Guterl essentially undo what you think you know about a night at the inn. Sharing entertaining insights captured in striking prose, the two have written a page-turner that probes the comings and goings of luxury resorts, casino giants, and down-on-your-luck single-room occupancies. The takeaway is a bracing look at how hospitality makes, breaks, and remakes the weary traveler in us all."--Scott Herring, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Hotel Life is a dazzling, carefully crafted, and beautifully written book, full of original insights. In it, Caroline Field Levander and Matthew Pratt Guterl show us new and thought-provoking ways we can look at hotels as a central, undeniable part of modern existence. An agile, imaginative work that will spark debate for years to come."--Howard Gillette, Rutgers University–Camden