Tania Grossinger has worked as a publicist, travel writer, and author (The Book of Gadgets, the novel Weekend) for many years. She lives in New York, New York.
Growing Up at Grossinger'sby Tania Grossinger
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"To be devoured in one non-stop gulp...fascinating reading."The New York Post From 1919 to 1986, Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel provided a summer retreat from the city heat for New York's Jews, and entertained the great, the near-great, and the not so great, Jews and Gentiles alike. A melting pot of the Borscht Belt, sports, and show-biz worlds, loyal visitors included Red Buttons, Rocky Marciano, Eddie Fisher, and Jackie Robinson. Tania Grossinger grew up there. In her fascinating insider's account of life in the hospitality industry, she sheds light on how hotel children keep up with the frenetic pace of life, and how they come to grips with the outside world (which intrudes now and again), sex (happening in every room), and, occasionally, their intellectual interests. Growing Up at Grossinger's is both a wonderful coming-of-age story and a sentimental reading of a chapter of the Jewish experience in America that has now closed. 25 b/w photographs.
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I was interested in reading this book because Ihad been to Grossinger's a couple of times when I was young and had good memories of it. This book brought back some great ones. It was filled with fascinating gossip about celebrities like Jackie Robinson, Eddie Fisher and Rocky Marciano , tales of family intrigue and true stories of what really happened here('Dirty Dancing' was based on a true story of one of the dance teachers at Grossinger's!). It's told from the perspective of a young girl who grew up there, and you really get to feel that you know her and like her when you're finished.