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Hotel

Hotel Author Joanna Walsh
ISBN-10 9781628924732
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 176
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A lyrical, inventive, and witty look at the ways in which the hotel is the necessary complement, the flip side, of home, and how the alienated state of being in a hotel can be a welcome alternative to the demands of the hyper-connected, instantly personal modern world.



Hotel

Hotel Author Joanna Walsh
ISBN-10 9781628924763
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 176
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. During the breakdown of an unhappy marriage, writer Joanna Walsh got a job as a hotel reviewer, and began to gravitate towards places designed as alternatives to home. Luxury, sex, power, anonymity, privacyÂ?hotels are where our desires go on holiday, but also places where our desires are shaped by the hard realities of the marketplace. Part memoir and part meditation, this book visits a series of rooms, suites, hallways, and lobbies-the spaces and things that make up these modern sites of gathering and alienation, hotels. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



Hotel

Hotel Author Joanna Walsh
ISBN-10 9781628924770
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 176
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. During the breakdown of an unhappy marriage, writer Joanna Walsh got a job as a hotel reviewer, and began to gravitate towards places designed as alternatives to home. Luxury, sex, power, anonymity, privacyÂ?hotels are where our desires go on holiday, but also places where our desires are shaped by the hard realities of the marketplace. Part memoir and part meditation, this book visits a series of rooms, suites, hallways, and lobbies-the spaces and things that make up these modern sites of gathering and alienation, hotels. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



Phone Booth

Phone Booth Author Ariana Kelly
ISBN-10 9781628924091
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 160
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An exploration of how an ostensibly simple structure embodies complex notions of privacy, freedom, power, communication, and sanctuary.



Tumor

Tumor Author Anna Leahy
ISBN-10 9781501323300
Release 2017-09-07
Pages 160
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Tumor examines the cultural attitudes that shape the ways we research a tumor scientifically, treat it medically, and talk about it socially.



Silence

Silence Author John Biguenet
ISBN-10 9781628921441
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 160
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. What is silence? In a series of short meditations, novelist and playwright John Biguenet considers silence as a servant of power, as a lie, as a punishment, as the voice of God, as a terrorist's final weapon, as a luxury good, as the reason for torture-in short, as an object we both do and do not recognize. Concluding with the prospects for its future in a world burgeoning with noise, Biguenet asks whether we should desire or fear silence-or if it is even ours to choose. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



Hood

Hood Author Alison Kinney
ISBN-10 9781501307409
Release 2016-01-28
Pages 176
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"A popular, personal, historical take on a singular garment and its myriad associations with death, violence, and identity"--



Glass

Glass Author John Garrison
ISBN-10 9781628924244
Release 2015-09-24
Pages 136
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Explores an object that is all round us, from windows to iPhone screens, and the fascinating and strange ways it reflects our inherent desire for connection.



Dust

Dust Author Michael Marder
ISBN-10 9781628925586
Release 2016-01-28
Pages 144
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. No matter how much you fight against it, dust pervades everything. It gathers in even layers, adapting to the contours of things and marking the passage of time. In itself, it is also a gathering place, a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, a catalog of traces and a set of promises: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers, not to mention dust mites who make it their home. And so, dust blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, plant and animal matter, the inside and the outside, you and the world (“for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”). This book treats one of the most mundane and familiar phenomena, showing how it can provide a key to thinking about existence, community, and justice today. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad Author Jennifer Egan
ISBN-10 0307593622
Release 2010-06-08
Pages 288
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER National Book Critics Circle Award Winner PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist A New York Times Book Review Best Book One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.



Object Lessons

Object Lessons Author Lorin Stein
ISBN-10 9781250005984
Release 2012-10-02
Pages 358
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Presents a selection of twenty contemporary short stories published in the well-known literary magazine, written by such authors as Ethan Canin, Lydia Davis, Daniel Orozco, and Ali Smith.



Accounting and Finance for the International Hospitality Industry

Accounting and Finance for the International Hospitality Industry Author Peter Harris
ISBN-10 9781136431678
Release 2010-02-17
Pages 352
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Top experts specializing in hospitality management have contributed articles to this new collection which explains recent developments in accounting and finance. The material is drawn from a combination of fieldwork and practical experience. The managerial emphasis means that the content is fully relevant internationally and not constrained by the legal framework of different countries. Accounting and Finance provides an overview of: *analysis and evaluation of performance *planning methods and techniques *financial information and control *financial management. It also shows how operational analysis can be used as a management tool to improve performance. Techniques for predicting the financial success or failure of hotels are suggested. Research into hotel companies in the US and Europe demonstrates key performance indicators used by hotel managers and financial executives. Other contributors explore the interface between accounting and marketing and human resource management and there is thorough coverage of financial strategy formulation. Readers will also find helpful the section on statistics in the analysis and prediction of cost behaviour in hotels. Contributors: Raymond Schmidgall (Michigan State University, USA); Debra J. Adams (Bournemouth University, UK); Professor Elisa S. Moncarz (Florida International University, USA); Richard N. Kron (Kron Hospitality Consulting, USA); Angela Maher (Oxford Brookes University, UK); Peter J. Harris (Oxford Brookes University, UK); Geoff S. Parkinson (BDO Stoy Hayward Chartered Accountants, UK); Paul Fitz-John (Bournemouth University, UK); Paul Collier (University of Exeter, UK); Professor Alan Gregory (University of Glasgow, UK); Tracy A. Jones (Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, UK); Jacqueline Brander Brown (The Manchester Metropolitan University, UK); Nina J. Downie (Oxford Brookes University, UK): Catherine L. Burgess (Oxford Brookes University, UK); Ian C. Graham (Holiday Inn Worldwide, Belgium); Howard M. Field (International Hotel and Leisure Associates, UK); Professor Paul Beals (Canisius College, USA); Frank J. Coston (Pannell Kerr Forster Associates, UK).



Hotel Theory

Hotel Theory Author Wayne Koestenbaum
ISBN-10 9781619028203
Release 2016-02-01
Pages 192
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Hotel Theory is two books in one: a meditation on the meaning of hotels, and a dime novel (Hotel Women) featuring Lana Turner and Liberace. Typical of Wayne Koestenbaum’s invigoratingly inventive style, the two books — one fiction, one nonfiction — run concurrently, in twin columns, and the articles “a,” “an,” and “the” never appear. The nonfiction ruminations on hotels are divided into eight dossiers, composed of short takes on the presence of hotels in the author’s dreams as well as in literature, film, and history. Guest stars include everyone from Oscar Wilde to Marilyn Monroe. Hotel Theory gives (divided) voice to an aesthetic of hyperaesthesia, of yearning. It is an oblique manifesto, the place where writing disappears. A new mode of theorizing — in fiction, in fragment, through quotation and palimpsest — arises in this dazzling work.



Vertigo

Vertigo Author Joanna Walsh
ISBN-10 1908276800
Release 2016-03
Pages 123
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This is a woman as a mother, daughter, wife, spectator, lover, mistress. Observer and commentator. Actor and reactor. Dressed up bright as a child or submerged in the grey elegance of Paris, she shifts readily between roles, countries, and languages. Skilled and successful, she controls how much she cares.



Bookshelf

Bookshelf Author Lydia Pyne
ISBN-10 9781501307331
Release 2016-01-28
Pages 160
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Every shelf is different and every bookshelf tells a different story. One bookshelf can creak with character in a bohemian coffee shop and another can groan with gravitas in the Library of Congress. Writer and historian Lydia Pyne finds bookshelves to be holders not just of books but of so many other things: values, vibes, and verbs that can be contained and displayed in the buildings and rooms of contemporary human existence. With a shrewd eye toward this particular moment in the history of books, Pyne takes the reader on a tour of the bookshelf that leads critically to this juncture: amid rumors of the death of book culture, why is the life of the bookshelf in full bloom? Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.



Shopping Mall

Shopping Mall Author Matthew Newton
ISBN-10 9781501314827
Release 2017-09-07
Pages 176
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Part memoir and part study of modern life, Shopping Mall examines the modern mythology of the shopping mall and the place it holds in our shared cultural history.



Oranges

Oranges Author John McPhee
ISBN-10 9780374708702
Release 2011-04-01
Pages 149
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A classic of reportage, Oranges was first conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, but the author kept encountering so much irresistible information that he eventually found that he had in fact written a book. It contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida's Indian River, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida who may be the last of the individual orange barons. McPhee's astonishing book has an almost narrative progression, is immensely readable, and is frequently amusing. Louis XIV hung tapestries of oranges in the halls of Versailles, because oranges and orange trees were the symbols of his nature and his reign. This book, in a sense, is a tapestry of oranges, too—with elements in it that range from the great orangeries of European monarchs to a custom of people in the modern Caribbean who split oranges and clean floors with them, one half in each hand.