Without Reservations

The Travels of an Independent Woman
Author: Alice Steinbach
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307769828
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Paris Dear Alice, Each morning I am awakened by the sound of a tinkling bell. A cheerful sound, it reminds me of the bells that shopkeepers attach to their doors at Christmastime. In this case, the bell marks the opening of the hotel door. From my room, which is just off the winding staircase, I can hear it clearly. It reminds me of the bell that calls to worship the novice embarking on a new life. In a way I too am a novice, leaving, temporarily, one life for another. Love, Alice In the tradition of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea and Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun, in Without Reservations we take time off with Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Steinbach as she explores the world and rediscovers what it means to be a woman on her own. "In many ways, I was an independent woman," writes Alice Steinbach, a single working mother, in this captivating book. "For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow, and had relationships that allowed for a lot of freedom on both sides." Slowly, however, she saw that she had become quite dependent in another way: "I had fallen into the habit . . . of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me." Who am I, she wanted to know, away from the things that define me--my family, children, job, friends? Steinbach searches for the answer to this provocative question in some of the most exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate in a Japanese man; Oxford, where she takes a course on the English village; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married. Beautifully illustrated with postcards Steinbach wrote home to herself to preserve her spontaneous impressions, this revealing and witty book will transport readers instantly into a fascinating inner and outer journey, an unforgettable voyage of discovery. From the Hardcover edition.

Without Reservations

How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into a Global Hotel Company
Author: J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr.
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 1938120744
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 198
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J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., is a pioneer of modern-day hospitality. Starting in the business at the age of 5 as a “salesman” for his family’s A&W root beer stand, he joined the family business, full-time, in 1956 and built Marriott International into what it is today: one of the most successful and respected companies in the world, with nearly 3,800 properties in more than 70 countries and annual revenues exceeding $12 billion. In WITHOUT RESERVATIONS, Marriott shares the story of this success along with candid insights about mistakes made, opportunities missed, and lessons learned during a life spent in a business where people always come first. “In Without Reservations, Bill Marriott shares the incredible and quintessentially American success story of his family and their profound impact on the global hospitality industry, making all of us feel just a little more at home around the world.” —Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo “In this wonderful book, my good friend, Bill Marriott, shares valuable insight on how to succeed in business. More importantly, however, he shares valuable insight on how to succeed in life. His ‘Recipe for Success’ especially is a must-read.” —Former President of the United States George H. W. Bush “Bill Marriott is one of the best entrepreneurial minds in the business. He knows what it takes to build brands, relationships and a winning corporate culture. WITHOUT RESERVATIONS is a compelling story of how best-in-class service, integrity, loyalty and leadership turned a small, family business into one of the world’s most respected companies.” —Ken Chenault, CEO and Chairman, American Express

Without Reservations


Author: J. L. Langley
Publisher: Samhain Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781599983479
Category: Fiction
Page: 262
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Sometimes love just catches you by the tail. Chayton Winston is a veterinarian. He is also a werewolf. Much to his Native American parent's chagrin, he has always dreamed of a fair-haired, Caucasian mate. However, he never imagined his mate would be male. As a heterosexual man, he's not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but more than willing to find out. Keaton Reynolds wakes up, in wolf form, and finds himself with a mate. He's instantly attracted, but not so thrilled to find out the man is straight. Having been in a relationship once before where his partner professed to be "Not gay" left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay-but Chay is not ready to let him go. Together the two work to solidify their shaky relationship and battle the prejudices against homosexuals. Chay must deal with not only his mother's prejudices against gay men but also her hatred of white people. When a power struggle in Keaton's pack threatens Keaton's life, the two men learn to depend on one another and their relationship to get them through it. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence and hot man-love.

Without Reservations


Author: Ricardo Cate
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1423630106
Category: Humor
Page: 192
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Cartoonist Ricardo Caté describes Indian humor as the result of “us living in a dominant culture, and the funny part is that we so often fall short of fitting in.” His cartoon column, Without Reservations, is a popular daily dose in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Actor Wes Studi says, “Caté’s cartoons serve to remind us there is always a different point of view, or laughing at every day scenes of home life where Indian kids act just like their brethren of different races. Without Reservations is always thought-provoking whether it makes you laugh, smirk, or just enjoy the diversity of thought to be found in Indian Country.”

Living Without Reservations, Private Reserve Edition

A Journey by Land and Sea in Search of Happiness
Author: Barbara Elaine Singer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780984325405
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 442
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Singer shares the true story of a life-changing, awe-inspiring, "all-in" journey of globetrotting and discovery of what it means to be brave, dream big, think outside the box, and create one's own definition of happiness.

Without Reservation

The Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods the World's Largest Casino
Author: Jeff Benedict
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780060193676
Category: Social Science
Page: 384
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In 1973, an old American Indian woman dies with nothing left of her tribe but a trailer and a two-hundred-acre reservation in the sleepy backyard of Ledyard, Connecticut. It seems to signal the end of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. But it is just the beginning. Over the course of the next three decades, the reservation grows to more than two thousand acres and becomes home to Foxwoods, the largest casino in the world, grossing more than $1 billion per year. The Pequots are reborn, immensely wealthy, and in possession of an enormous amount of political influence. How did it happen? In compelling detail, Without Reservation tells the stunning story of the rise of the richest tribe in American history. It begins with the grand ambitions of two men. One, an unemployed navy brat and outsider, is a failed preacher with the uncanny ability to charm; the other is fresh out of law school and armed with a brilliant legal theory to help impoverished Indian tribes. Together they resurrect the Pequots and battle the local townspeople to aggressively expand their reservation, taking on the state government for the right to gamble on their land. Embracing their cause are misguided and misinformed government officials and a former mob prosecutor who brings Malaysian financiers to the table. The Pequots must also contend with the price of power. Without Reservation reveals the mysterious roots of today's Pequot tribe, the racial tension that divides them, and the Machiavellian internal Power struggle over who will control the tribe's purse strings. This is a story of the duality of the American dream, the good and the bad that come with enormous wealth. Author Jeff Benedict shines a light on the dreamers and the deal makers, the backroom politicking and courtroom machinations, the trusts and betrayals, and the world of high-powered attorneys, politicians, tribal leaders, and financiers who made the Pequots what they are today. As compelling as a novel, Without Reservation is must reading for anyone interested in the way today's world really works.

Travels with Doris

Without Reservations
Author: Frank King
Publisher: Tate Pub & Enterprises Llc
ISBN: 9781606961384
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 302
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Savor the Moment

Entertaining Without Reservations
Author: Junior League of Boca Raton
Publisher: Junior League of Boca Raton Incorporated
ISBN: 9780967094403
Category: Cooking
Page: 288
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Winner of the 2001 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Awards, National First Place in Entertaining and Special Occasions Category. Features triple-tested recipes from great cooks, chefs, and caterers????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????perfect for everyday family meals in addition to special occasions. Other awards include 2001 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Second Place; 2001 PMA Finalist Benjamin Franklin Award, Finalist; 2001 Writer's Digest Magazine Award; Cookbook Honorable Mention Award; 2001 Independent Publisher Book Award, Finalist.

The Upgrade

A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations
Author: Paul Carr
Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser
ISBN: 9781934708781
Category: Travel
Page: 304
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Bored, broke, and struggling to survive in one of the most expensive cities on earth, Paul Carr comes to the surprising realization that it would actually be cheaper to live in a luxury hotel in Manhattan than in his tiny one-bedroom London apartment. Inspired by that possibility, he sells his possessions, abandons his old life, and starts living entirely without commitments as a modern-day nomad. Thanks to Paul's ability to talk his way into increasingly ridiculous situations, what begins as a one-year experiment soon becomes a permanent lifestyle—a life lived in luxury hotels and mountain-top villas. A life of fast cars, Hollywood actresses, and Icelandic rock stars. Of 6,000-mile booty calls, of partying with eight hundred female hairdressers dressed only in bedsheets, and of nearly dying at the hands of Spanish drug dealers. And, most bizarrely of all, a life that still costs less than his surviving on cold pizza in his old apartment. Yet, as word of Paul's exploits starts to spread—first online, then through a national newspaper column and eventually a book deal—he finds himself forced constantly to up the stakes in order to keep things interesting. With his behavior spiraling to dangerous—and sometimes criminal—levels, he is forced to ask the question: is there such a thing as too much freedom?

Without Reservation

Indigenous Erotica
Author: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Publisher: Kegedonce Pr
ISBN: 9780973139624
Category: Fiction
Page: 213
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Anthology of erotic writing featuring work by Māori authors Hone Tuwhare, Briar Grace-Smith, Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace and Robert Sullivan, with other international writers.

Inclusion without Representation in Latin America

Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations
Author: Mala Htun
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316483118
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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This book analyzes why and how fifteen Latin American countries modified their political institutions to promote the inclusion of women, Afrodescendants, and indigenous peoples. Through analysis and comparison of experiences in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, the book accounts for the origins of quotas and reserved seats in international norms and civic mobilization. It shows how the configuration of political institutions and the structure of excluded groups set the terms and processes of inclusion. Arguing that the new mechanisms have delivered inclusion but not representation, the book demonstrates that quotas and reserved seats increased the presence in power of excluded groups but did not create constituencies or generate civic movements able to authorize or hold accountable their representatives.

Without Reservations


Author: Joey Altman,Jennie Schacht
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470130458
Category: Cooking
Page: 274
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A popular television chef explains how to prepare restaurant-quality meals at home in a cookbook that shares the secrets of chef-caliber food, with more than 120 recipes for everything from cocktails and appetizers to entrâees and desserts.

Kyle's Bed and Breakfast


Author: Greg Fox
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9780758206930
Category: Humor
Page: 140
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This complete collection of Kyle's Bed & Breakfast comic strips details the many raucous adventures of Kyle, the mysterious owner, and his intriguing guests, including Richard, a part-time Club DJ and walking fashion faux pas, and Brad, a minor league baseball player who is still in the closet. Original. 10,000 first printing.

No Reservations

Around the World on an Empty Stomach
Author: Anthony Bourdain
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1596914475
Category: Travel
Page: 288
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The host of the Travel Channel series "No Reservations" provides a behind-the-scenes account of his global culinary adventures, from New Jersey to New Zealand, offering commentary on food in every corner of the globe.

Slow Fade to Black

The Decline of RKO Radio Pictures
Author: Richard B. Jewell
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520289668
Category: History
Page: 288
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Slow Fade to Black completes Richard B. Jewell’s richly detailed two-part history of the RKO film studio, which began with RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born, published in 2012. This second volume charts the studio’s fortunes, which peaked during World War II, declined in the postwar period, and finally collapsed in the 1950s. Drawing on hard-to-access archival materials, Jewell chronicles the period from 1942 to the company’s demise in 1957. Towering figures associated with the studio included Howard Hughes, Orson Welles, Charles Koerner, Val Lewton, Jane Russell, and Robert Mitchum. In addition to featuring an extraordinary cast of characters, the RKO story describes key aspects of entertainment history: Hollywood’s collaboration with Washington, film noir, censorship, HUAC, the rise of independent film production, and the impact of television on film. Taken as a whole, Jewell’s two-volume study represents the most substantial and insightful exploration of the Hollywood studio system to date.

Travels


Author: Michael Crichton
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307816494
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro. Fueled by a powerful curiosity—and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up—Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling—swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels—an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.

Educating Alice

Adventures of a Curious Woman
Author: Alice Steinbach
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780307484178
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Eight years ago, Alice Steinbach, a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the Baltimore Sun, decided to take a break from her life. She took a leave from job, friends, and family for a European journey of self-discovery, and her first book, Without Reservations, was the exquisite result. But once Steinbach had opened the door to a new way of living, she found herself unwilling to return to the old routine. She quit her job and left home again, only this time her objective was to ?nd a way that would allow her, personally and professionally, to combine three of her greatest passions: learning, traveling, and writing. This funny and tender book is the result of her decision to roam around the world as an informal student, taking lessons and courses in such things as French cooking in Paris, Border collie training in Scotland, traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto, architecture and art in Havana. With warmth and wit, Steinbach guides us through the pleasures and perils of discovering how to be a student again. Along the way, she also learns the true value of this second chance at educating herself: the opportunity to connect with and learn from the people she meets on her journey. From the Hardcover edition.

Without Reservations

An Uncensored Unabashed Look at How People Behave in Hotels
Author: Fred V. Alias
Publisher: Haddon Craftsman Inc
ISBN: 9780963389435
Category: Humor
Page: 186
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WITHOUT RESERVATIONS is a fascinating look at what really goes on in hotels, as told by industry insiders. Often hilarious, always loving, sometimes moving, this collection of anecdotal, true stories comes straight from the minds & hearts of some of the most accommodating people in the world. Odd behavior & odd circumstances are recounted in a breezy, easy to read style & illustrated by a hotel manager who "likes to doodle." The book was edited & conceived by Fred Alias, a 26-year veteran of the hospitality industry, who believes that "life with no sense of humor makes no sense!" Originally conceived as a commemorative edition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Holiday Inn Worldwide, the book has received overwhelming interest from the traveling public. "I spend 100 nights each year in hotels & I'm sure I've met most of the people in this book. I know those things really happened & they are FUNNY!" - Robert Henry, Past President, NATIONAL SPEAKERS ASSOCIATION. Anyone who has ever spent the night in a hotel room will enjoy, without reservations, this look at life from the other side of the front desk. A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to KID'S VILLAGE, a lodging facility built for the special families in the Give Kids the World program, which gives children with life-threatening illnesses a free six-day fantasy vacation at Disney World.

The RKO Story


Author: Richard B. Jewell,Vernon Harbin
Publisher: Outlet
ISBN: N.A
Category: Motion picture industry
Page: 320
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Surveys the history of the motion picture studio, RKO Radio Pictures, from its beginnings in 1928 to its collapse in 1960 and discusses a variety of its films