In 1973, Cornell left the graduate program in English at Arizona State University to manage her family's inn in Colorado. She eventually completed a doctorate while coping with the demands of running a busy ski lodge. Here she recounts in pedestrian prose her experiences as an inn manager, ranging from learning how to cook for 100 guests to playing housemother to teenage employees. While her book may be of interest to those contemplating opening a similar small business, it will not interest general readers. Not recommended.-- Caroline Mitchell, Washington, D.C.