New Moon: A Coming-of-Age Tale

New Moon: A Coming-of-Age Tale

by Richard Grossinger


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New Moon: A Coming-of-Age Tale traces the author’s path through grade school at P. S. 6, “group” in Central Park, high school at Horace Mann, and college at Amherst, while recalling Freudian psychoanalysis, Grossinger’s Hotel in the Catskills, Color War at Camp Chipinaw, ‘50s rock ’n’ roll, teen romance, the mysterious world of tarot cards, discovery of Carl Jung, and spiritual and political initiation. This is not the paperback of the 1996 hardcover but its metamorphosis and realization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583949856
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 696
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

A native of New  York City, Richard Grossinger attended Amherst College and the University of Michigan, receiving a BA in English (1966) and a PhD in anthropology (1975).

He wrote his doctoral thesis on his fieldwork with fishermen in Eastern Maine, after which he taught for two years at the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham and five years at Goddard College in Vermont.

With his wife, Lindy Hough, he is cofounding publisher of North Atlantic Books and its forerunner, the journal Io. His works include early books of experimental prose; a series of titles on holistic medicine, cosmology, and embryology; two memoirs; and recent books re-exploring these themes, related topics, and aspects of contemporary politics and pop culture.

After living in Berkeley, California, from 1976 for thirty-eight years, Grossinger and Hough moved back to Portland, Maine, in 2014. They have also lived part-time in Manset, Maine, since 2001. Their children are Robin  Grossinger, a historical geographer at San Francisco Estuary Institute, and Miranda July, a writer, film director, and conceptual artist.

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Mary Mackey

... Part magic, part myth, part dream, part prayer, New Moon ... leads straight to the depths of the unconscious.
— Mary Mackey, (author of The Year the Horses Came , The Horses at the Gate , Season of Shadows and The Dear Dance of Eros )

Ishmael Reed

... Richard Grossinger writes a brilliant novel about a young man's passage into adulthood. New Moon is a departure for the Jewish American novel, as well - no longer obsessed with old world issues, and not finding solace in the illusion of an American Promise Land.
— Ishmael Reed (author of Flight to Canada and Shrove-Tide in New Orleans )


A memoir of baseball, high school, and Jewish New York in the 50's. New Moon is also a portrait of a defenseless consciousness uncovering itself in the world simulatenously. The spellbinding tales and terrifying intimacy of Richard Grossinger's book puts it, for me, in the company of Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes and Annie Dillard's An American Childhood . An unforgettable reading experience.
— Jonathan Lethem, (author of Gun, with Ocassional Music and Amnesia Moon )

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