Lambert is the mastermind and creative force behind the Austin-based Bunkhouse Group, which includes two boutique hotels in Austin, one in San Antonio, and a “nomadic hotel and campground” in the artist mecca Marfa, where mod travelers are flocking to stay in her retro-fitted trailers, teepees, and yurts.

  • A Pattern Language

    At the core of , is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ???languages,??? which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.,This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable making a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. ???Patterns,??? the units of this language, are answers to design problems: how high should a window sill be?; how many stories should a building have?; how much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?,More than 250 of the patterns in this language are outlined, each consisting of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seems likely that they will be a part of human nature and human action as much in five hundred years as they are today., is related to Alexander???s other works in the Center for Environmental Structure series: , (introductory volume) and ,.

  • Emotional Equations

    ???An invaluable operating manual,??? says Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO and author of Delivering Happiness. Using brilliantly simple logic that illuminates the universal truths in common emotional challenges, popular motivational speaker and bestselling author Chip Conley has written ???a fresh, original guide to an authentic and fulfilling life.???*,When Chip Conley, dynamic author of the bestselling Peak, suffered a series of devastating personal and professional setbacks, he began using what he came to call ???Emotional Equations??? (such as Joy = Love – Fear) to help him focus on the variables in life that he could handle, rather than dwelling on the parts he couldn???t, such as the bad economy, death, and taxes.,Using brilliantly simple logic that illuminates the universal truths in common emotional challenges, Emotional Equations offers a way to identify the elements in our lives that we can change, those we can???t, and how to better understand our emotions so they can help us . . . rather than hurt us. Equations like ???Despair = Suffering – Meaning??? and ???Happiness = Wanting What You Have ?? Having What You Want??? have been reviewed for mathematical and psychological accuracy by experts. Now Conley tells his own comeback story and those of other resilient people and inspiring role models who have worked through emotional equations in their own lives. Emotional Equations arms you with practical strategies for turbulent times.

  • Peak

    Proven principles for sustainable success, with new leadership insight.,PEAK is the popular, transformative guide to doing business better, written by a seasoned entrepreneur/CEO who has disrupted his favorite industry not once, but twice. Author Chip Conley, founder and former CEO of one of the world???s largest boutique hotel companies, turned to psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs at a time when his company was in dire need. And years later, when the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help turn their start-up home sharing company into a world-class hospitality giant, Conley once again used the principles he???d developed in PEAK. In the decade since this book’s first edition, Conley’s PEAK strategy has been developed on six continents in organizations in virtually every industry. The author???s foundational premise is that great leaders become amateur psychologists by understanding the unique needs of three key relationships???with employees, customers, and investors???and this message has resonated with every kind of leader and company including some of the world???s best-known, from Apple to Facebook. Avid users of PEAK have found that the principles create greater loyalty and differentiation with their key stakeholders. This new second edition includes in-depth examples of real-world PEAK companies, including the author???s own at Airbnb, and exclusive PEAK leadership practices that will take you???and your company’s performance???to new heights.,Whether you’re at a startup or a Fortune 500 company, at a for-profit, nonprofit, or governmental organization, this book can help you and your people reach potential you never realized you had.,The PEAK framework succeeds because it elevates the business from the inside out. These same principles apply in the boardroom, the breakroom, and your living room at home, and have proven to be the foundation of healthy, fulfilled lives. Even if you think you’re doing great, you could always be doing better???and PEAK gives you a roadmap to the next level.

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America???particularly California???in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.

  • The Dream of a Common Language

    ???Certain lines had become like incantations to me, words I???d chanted to myself through sorrow and confusion??? ???Cheryl Strayed, Wild,???The Dream of a Common Language explores the contours of a woman???s heart and mind in language for everybody???language whose plainness, laughter, questions and nobility everyone can respond to. . . . No one is writing better or more needed verse than this.??????Boston Evening Globe

  • The Timeless Way of Building

    The theory of architecture implicit in our world today, Christopher Alexander believes, is bankrupt. More and more people are aware that something is deeply wrong. Yet the power of present-day ideas is so great that many feel uncomfortable, even afraid, to say openly that they dislike what is happening, because they are afraid to seem foolish, afraid perhaps that they will be laughed at.,Now, at last, there is a coherent theory which describes in modern terms an architecture as ancient as human society itself.,The Timeless Way of Building is the introductory volume in the Center for Environmental Structure series, Christopher Alexander presents in it a new theory of architecture, building, and planning which has at its core that age-old process by which the people of a society have always pulled the order of their world from their own being.,Alexander writes, “There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been made by people who were very close to the center of this way. And as you will see, this way will lead anyone who looks for it to buildings which are themselves as ancient in their form as the trees and hills, and as our faces are.”

  • When Things Fall Apart

    Pema Ch??dr??n’s perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life’s difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth–now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema–makes for a perfect gift and addition to one’s spiritual library.,How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart???when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Ch??dr??n suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

  • Wild

    At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother???s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State???and she would do it alone.,Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch