Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived

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When you reach the age where there is more to look back at than forward to, what do you regret, if anything?  One woman’s brave memoir about a life well lived.

It takes a certain kind of woman to have the courage t

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When you reach the age where there is more to look back at than forward to, what do you regret, if anything?  One woman’s brave memoir about a life well lived.

It takes a certain kind of woman to have the courage t

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“Surprises abound in this distinctly unusual memoir of a successful woman.”
Kirkus Reviews
A former New York publicist's memoir, written as an "open letter" to an imaginary daughter, about the circumstances and personal choices that caused her to remain childless. Grossinger grew up the only daughter of a widowed Polish-born woman with a mysterious past. When she was 7, her father's first cousin and scion of the family that owned Grossinger's, "the most famous Jewish resort hotel in America," invited mother and daughter to live in the Catskills. Treated like the poor relations they were, Karla worked long hours as a hostess without complaint while the author "did whatever the Grossinger family told me" and never expressed the anger she felt at the treatment she and her mother received. The author still managed to mingle with celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Lewis and Jackie Robinson, who stayed at the hotel as performers or visitors. Precocious and intelligent, she began college at Brandeis at age 15 and then began work as a fundraiser for the City of Hope in Los Angeles. After a brief marriage that would leave her emotionally shattered for life, Grossinger went to New York City, where she opened her own PR agency and represented such luminaries as Betty Friedan and Elsa Maxwell. Later, she became a publicist for Playboy and the infamous Playboy Club, and after that, a successful travel writer. Despite her career triumphs, Grossinger never came to terms with her husband's rejection of her and became a woman who "desperately feared commitment." Eventually, she found long-term love, but it was with a married man who refused to "break up his home any more than it was already broken." Grossinger does not regret the trajectory of her remarkable life, nor does she apologize for it, but the narrative is disappointingly pedestrian and offers only glimmers of poignancy. Honest but undistinguished.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620876152
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,564,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tania Grossinger

is a freelance writer, public speaker, public relations consultant, and frequent talk show guest. She is the author of Growing Up At Grossingers, co author of the novel Weekend, and author of the children’s book Jackie and Me, about her friendship with the famous baseball player Jackie Robinson. Her travel articles have appeared in over 100 newspapers and magazines. She lives in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    I loved this book!

    MEMOIR OF AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN: AN UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE WELL LIVED by Tania Grossinger I loved this book – on so many levels. You really get to know the author. Yes, she is an independent woman, and yes she has lived an unconventional life. It’s a brave book, as Tania Grossinger reveals both the upside and the downside of growing up at Grossinger’s, the famous Catskills resort; as she reveals her long-term love affair with a married man; as she acknowledges her sadness at not having a daughter – and her reasons for never having children; as she owns up to her sexually free lifestyle as a single adventuresome woman; as she confesses the failure of her only marriage and accepts her own partial responsibility for that failure. It’s also a dishy book, as Tania names names and tells tales out of school – often very funny -- about feminist Betty Friedan, philosopher Ayn Rand, LSD guru Timothy Leary, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, athlete Jackie Robinson, and other 20th century luminaries. It’s a testament to Tania's ability to keep recreating herself as she achieves professional respect, first as a crackerjack public relations representative, and then as an author. And it’s a mystery. Who was her mother really? Why had she kept so many secrets about her own life? What happened to Tania's colleague who disappeared on a trip to Jamaica? What can explain the pronouncements by psychics the author consulted? I couldn’t put this book down until I came to the last page and the very moving sign-off of a letter to the child she never had, “With love, Tania.” This sign-off could have been to a letter to her readers also, with whom she was so generous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2015


    Enjoyed the author's reflections and insights

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