Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known gourmand, and a writer and illustrator of children's books. He is most noted today for his Madeline books, six of which were published from 1939-1961. But Bemelmans also wrote several much-loved books for adult readers. This book of autobiographical stories was published a year before the first Madeleine books. He describes his early adult life and the people that he met, customers and fellow employees, when he first came to America in 1916 to work in the hotel industry.