Mapes Hotel and Casino

If you’re one of those Renoites who still shudder at the sight of the empty lot where the Mapes Hotel and Casino stood, you’ll welcome this loving ode to the Reno landmark that went down without much of a fight in 2000. Cafferata, who fought the Mapes’ destruction as a Reno attorney, self-published and painstakingly researched this work. Crammed with memories of the hotel and the family who built it, the book chronicles the building’s inception to its demolition. For background, Cafferata uses menus, entertainers, room descriptions and personal interviews. The book’s high points are the photographs, drawings and reproductions of Mapes memorabilia. But the author’s clear emotions about the building’s fate, combined with personal remembrances, bog down portions of the book.