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August 23, 2016

CAMPAIGN TOUR: The Lobby by Randi M. Sherman







Randi M. Sherman

The Lobby

 Inside the Book:

Author: Randy M. Sherman
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 222
Genre: Satire/Humor
Dear Reviewer:
The media loves Randi Sherman’s latest book, THE LOBBY, as evidenced by her frequent appearances on television and radio such as WTVR (CBS), WREG-TV (CBS), KOB-TV (NBC), WTMJ-TV (NBC) and nationally-syndicated The Maggie Linton Show (Sirius XM Radio), and others.
When I read the first page of Randi Sherman’s THE LOBBY, where she describes San Francisco’s landmark choice of hotels as “More than just a hotel, The Shipley is a microcosm of humanity,” I knew I was in for a treat.
“The Lobby is an impressive, deftly crafted work of original fiction that will prove to be a riveting read from beginning to end.”—Midwest Book Review
And when I continued reading about the guest on a business trip who complains about every add-on charge; the controlling husband who badgers the front desk staff while his embarrassed wife looks on helplessly; the company employees attending an off-site conference playing musical bedrooms; the adulterous couple sauntering freely in a hotel lobby thinking their secret is safe from their respective spouses; the out-of-towner wanting to get his money’s worth on his weekend stay who disputes every charge on his bill; the aging playboy who flirts with the polite hotel receptionist thinking he’s still got it when she smiles back at him as she is trained to do, I was hooked. Ms. Sherman’s character descriptions are thoroughly spot on in this engaging, highly entertaining novel.
THE LOBBY is set at a grand San Francisco hotel, The Shipley, which is a composite of every hotel Ms. Sherman has ever stayed at. The Shipley’s fictitious lobby, which could be a stand-in for any upscale hotel lobby in the world, is a stage where one can witness the antics and comings and goings of all types of people with independent reasons for being at the same place at the same time. In THE LOBBY, Ms. Sherman presents 50 intersecting stories that take place during a single 24-hour period, in just one location. Her book is a hilarious description of what goes on in hotels, how the staff copes with difficult guests, and what types of people stay at upscale hotels.
Sherman’s experience as a stand-up comedienne is evident throughout the hilarious, often laugh-out-loud scenes in THE LOBBY, where her insights into humanity’s flaws, preoccupations, and private behavior when you think no one is looking, are so accurate.
Like Grand Hotel, Neil Simon’s California Suite and The Plaza Suite, THE LOBBY delivers a vast canvas of characters that displays people behaving in all their outrageous and unwitting guises for all the world to see when they think no one is noticing.
I hope you will consider reviewing this unique, insightful, engaging and very entertaining novel.
Gilbert K. Zachary

Twenty four hours of what happens in the lobby of The Shipley in San Francisco. Starting  early one morning then hour by hour occurances until the following morning at the same time, 4 a.m.  As with any hotel, people are constantly arriving and leaving.  The author lets you in on bits and pieces of the lives of both the employees and the visitors.  Whatever is taking place in the lobby, the reader gets the insight. I've never read a book like this before.  Not a daily insight but an hourly insight.  You get to see how the employees react to the guest along with other employees.  Some reactions are surprising.  Some of the interactions will make you smile, laugh and think about how this once was you. The pace of the book is steady and will keep you interested. You won't have time to get bored.  You not only have one character but many.  How many people do you interact with during a 24 hour period.? Stop and think about it.  How much of that interaction carries forward to a reaction with another person.  You find out a little about each person and sometimes it is very amusing.  Haven't you ever wanted to be a little mouse and be able to hear those conversations?
Not only do you get the guests, the employees, their transactions but you get the wonderful humor to make you smile.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and PUYB in exchange for my unbiased review.

I would give this book 4 STARS.
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