When I started the Airbnb hosting gig in 2015 I never thought it would turn into a book. In fact, it took a while for the idea to even enter my mind.
Well, today, the book is a reality.
Sleeping with Strangers: An Airbnb Host’s Life in Lake Tahoe and Mexico went on sale this week. You may order it at your local bookstore for $19.99. The book is also available online at these outlets: Bookshop, IndieBound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. It’s available as an ebook for $9.99.
I share my experiences of being a host in South Lake Tahoe, California, and Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Hopefully, it will have you laughing, scratching your heads, and possibly changing your behavior as a guest and/or host of a short-term rental.
I don’t hold back on what it was like to be a host, lauding the good guests, making a strong case for those I’d rather not see again—after all, one chapter is titled Don’t Come Back.
The homes themselves were completely different. In Tahoe it was a room in a single-family residence that was available to rent, while I stayed down the hall. In Mexico it was the bottom floor of a house that was rented, while I lived upstairs. But we did not share any indoor living space—not even the stairs.
Besides pulling back the covers on what life is like as an Airbnb host, I also share what it is like to live in these two diverse locations, making the book a bit of a travelogue.
This is my fourth book. The others are Lake Tahoe Trails For All Seasons: Must-Do Hiking and Snowshoe Treks ($20), Snowshoeing Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Treks ($10), and The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes ($15).
I’ll be in Tahoe signing and selling all four books at the Valhalla Holiday Faire on the South Shore, Nov. 18-20. No fee to attend the fair. Cash, check, or Venmo accepted for the books at the fair. If I don’t see you there, I hope to see you at a future event.
Felicidades!! I know it is a great read. (I got to have an early peak…. 😉 and I am so happy for you Kathryn. In fact, it made our last AirBnB stay a totally different experience as I knew so much more than I ever did before about what the hosts are dealing with. And I found myself more than willing to rate and comment for the host. Thanks for enlightening me~
PS – can you please bring me a copy when you visit soon??? Thanks
Will your book be in libraries? I would love to read it. No book stores in Yuba City….what a disappointment for those wanting to buy books.
Joan, she said you can buy it online.
Libraries are able to order it and everyone is encouraged to ask their library to order it. Any library where I’ve done an event I have donated a book to that library, which I will continue to do.
Does the library here in South Shore have your book?
I don’t know, but they can order copies. If/when I do a talk at the library, I will definitely donate a copy.
Congratulations on your latest book!
Congratulations! I just bought it on Kindle and can’t wait to get started in a few minutes!