Posts Categorized: Literature

Heart Collection is a Labor of Love

Sophie Dant, La Fonda's Gift Shop Manager shows off the book, Art of the Heart

Some of you may know Sophie Dant, La Fonda’s Gift Shop manager. Many people think we look alike which flatters me since Sophie is so pretty. But what you may not know about her is that she is an avid collector of hearts.  Not the real kind, mind you, but the decorative and artistic kind.  It’s… Read more »

“Appetite” for a Good Read?

It is odd to read a book about the very business you run. But Stephen Fried wrote Appetite for America – How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West. I spent time with the charming Stephen Fried in Santa Fe a year or so ago before this book… Read more »

It is a Very Small World Sometimes

It’s not often that I read a business book that I can’t put down, but Chip Conley’s book, Peak – How Great Companies get their Mojo from Maslow, is one of them.  Perhaps it is because, like me, he is a hotelier, and so his examples resonate with me.  Perhaps it’s because he references two… Read more »

Eat Local. Eat Healthy.

There is a plethora of books out there about healthy eating and I am trying to square their advice and guidance with becoming more of a ‘locavore’.   My favorite books on the subject have been Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and Food Rules, all by Michael Pollan.   I highly recommend all of… Read more »