RHC Recommends: World Book Day

As the legend RuPaul famously says, “Reading is what..? Fundamental!” Those of us who work in communications know this all too well – whether we’re reading the morning headlines or unwinding with the latest rom-com.

In celebration of World Book Day on April 23rd, the RHC team’s top resident bookworms have shared eight page-turning recommendations for you to peruse. Happy reading!

For the Hospitality Obsessed (…aka the RHC team)

Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

This book is absolutely full of gems, such as: “praise in public, criticize in private,” “create a hospitality-first culture,” “95/5” and of course, the concept of doing everything with “unreasonable expectation”. Embracing the principles of hospitality across the board – whether it’s towards your team or your client – I believe, can make you a better manager, a better leader and a better person. – Lauren Webster, Managing Partner

For the Novice or Professional Bartender 

The Tequila Ambassador by Phil Bayly, Mitch Wilson, and Jesse Estes

Tomas Estes is one of the most influential bar industry icons of our time, his work in Tequila and in bringing Mexican culture to Europe was so groundbreaking that he was recognized by the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry, (C.N.I.T.) as an official ambassador for the spirit. This book not only documents his incredible life and legacy, it contains up to the minute information about Tequila, interviews with its most important people and a vast collection of cocktail recipes. It is a bible for every bartender and spirits enthusiast, but most importantly, it is a vehicle for Tomas’ extraordinary philosophy to live on. – Sacha Bell, Senior Director 

For the Ever-Improving Employee

The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhou

I enjoyed how colloquial and straightforward the book is. Zhuo doesn’t beat you over the head with jargon or bore you with drawn out explanations; she gets to the point and is entertaining while doing so. As one of Facebook’s first employees, she was thrust into a manager role as the company scaled quickly, so her advice is incredibly practical and comes from a place of “learn by doing.” – Connor Howlett, Digital Account Supervisor

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

This book teaches that directness and honesty can be some of the kindest tools in communication. It’s something I strive for. I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking to become a better leader. – Rachel Harrison, Founder

For the Music Stan Who Needs to Know It All

The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey and Michaela Angela Davis

Mariah’s extensive vocabulary and detachment from reality are on full display in this delicious, intimate deep dive into the diva’s inner world and self-mythology. Required reading for any Lamb (aka Mariah Carey stan). – Charlotte Eccles, Publicist

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is raw and real in this memoir, which takes readers on a wild ride through his life in the rock & roll industry. I’d recommend it to any fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and even those who aren’t (who isn’t though?!). You’ll fall in love with Anthony and connect with him on an emotional and personal level. Well, I did. – Kiley Rendak, Digital Account Director

For the BookToker in Everyone

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh 

It was so interesting to read about how the main character’s mind worked and her outlook on life… so interesting that I finished it in two days. The commentary on our money-obsessed world through the absurd lens of woman who attempts to sleep for an entire year to escape the world around her was enthralling. – Cheyenne Shievre, Publicist

The Overstory by Richard Powers

This is a fascinating environmental fiction book about human beings’ relationship to nature. It follows those who tried to preserve forests on America’s West Coast during the 60s and 70s. This is a book for everyone – its subject matter is universal and it is so well written and powerful that it is almost impossible not to be affected by it. – David Gray, Junior Publicist