This second edition of a candid guide to hostelling in the United States rates some 300 hostels coast to coast, providing directions and reservation information. Hostels are evaluated in traditional terms such as cleanliness and safety, but each also receives a "party index" rating, and any number of icons signifying such characteristics as "superior bathroom facilities," "music at hostel or nearby," and "offbeat or eccentric place" (the latter represented by a spinning top). Arranged geographically. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.