In the world of “How to” books, there has been a curious void on the subject of entertaining and managing house guest visits. Finally. Here is a book that fills that vacuum. Host or Hostage? A Guide for Surviving House Guests defines the idiosyncratic world of entertaining house guests from beginning to end. It is the first practical hands on guide dealing with specific types of house guests – how to invite or avoid them, how to make guests comfortable and then how to manage their timely departure. Here is the necessary nitty gritty advice for those of us who have difficulty inviting and entertaining visitors for overnight or longer.
This guide also provides hints for guests who may need help with accepted practices while visiting and strategies for maneuvering if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation during a visit.
This is a no-nonsense manual that uses appropriate, humorous anecdotal material to help us learn to deal with all types of house guests. The author, Darlene Dennis, has had abundant experience with all types of house guests and gifts the reader with many of her own “trials by fire.”
We have lived in a less then jealousy inducing house for over 10 years, so there’s been little worry of unwanted house guests. Now though we are moving down to Florida this summer and hopefully into bigger and better quarters. Suddenly we’re the popular ones lol. Everyone and their brother has started in with the “when we come visit we can stay with you right?” and so on. So when I was approached by this author to check out her book I jumped at the chance. I wan’t to make sure I’m well armed for all the self invites. That’s not to say noone will stay with us, but this is an invaluable, funny and witty resource to help me keep myself from getting walked on. It’s easy to read and engaging while at the same time giving really useful information. This book will stay handy on my shelf from now on 🙂
Win a copy of this book! Leave me a comment with your BEST house guest advice or your funniest story and I’ll pick a winner on 2/15!