Do Not Disturb: Books with Bellhops

Shelf RenewalFirst Wes Anderson’s gorgeous film The Grand Budapest Hotel wins four academy awards. Now The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is climbing its way up the box office charts. Seems that hotels are the perfect place to have characters explore who they really are when the neighbors aren’t watching. Of course, novelists have known this for years.

(Note: Not all books have actual bellhops. I just like alliteration. A lot.)

Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, by Bill Richardson
By the Shore, by Galaxy Craze
Finbar’s Hotel, edited by Dermot Bolger
The Geography of Desire, by Robert Boswell
Heartbreak Hotel, by Jill Marie Landis
Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner
Hotel Honolulu, by Paul Theroux
The Hotel New Hampshire, by John Iriving
Hotel Paradise, by Martha Grimes
The Hotel Riviera, by Elizabeth Adler
Hotel World, by Ali Smith
The Inn at Rose Harbor, by Debbie Macomber
The Lady Matador’s Hotel, by Cristina Garcia
Layover, by Lisa Zeidner
Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill
The Shining, by Stephen King
Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, by Lisa Patton



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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