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Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived [Kindle Edition]

Tania Grossinger
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Book Description

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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Grossinger continues her reminiscence of her life at a legendary Catskills resort that she began in Growing Up at Grossinger’s (2008). Here, she looks back to her unusual early years in Hollywood where her mother, widowed since Tania was two, sent her to boarding school when she was six years old, and where she stayed until her father’s cousin brought mother and daughter to Grossinger’s, so that, as he put it, “Tania will have a family.” Landing in the heart of a famous Jewish enclave was quite a jolt for a girl who didn’t even know she was Jewish. But Tania wanted a career more than a family of her own, and she has had one as a successful publicist and PR executive for Playboy. Grossinger tells tales of many of the famous people she got to know and her decision not to have a child because she feared “passing on…the detritus of my emotional past.” Yet she addresses this memoir, which is centered on her own emotionally elusive mother, to an imaginary daughter, Natasha, “the child who might have shared some degree of happiness with me.” Surprises abound in this distinctly unusual memoir of a successful woman. --Whitney Scott


“Precocious and intelligent . . . Grossinger does not regret the trajectory of her remarkable life, nor does she apologize for it.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Surprises abound in this distinctly unusual memoir of a successful woman.” (Booklist Online)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1138 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All About the Journey May 26, 2013
I have known Tania Grossinger for OMG! 60 years. I am the Ina she talks of as her roommate at Brandeis in Memoir of an Independent Woman. We have been in contact off and on since that time and have shared our life journeys during those times. However, there was so much I never knew that illuminated a courageous, brilliant, woman of integrity. So put your judgments aside -- Yes, there were times when she lived like a libertine. Yes, she bares her soul. Yes, she had a longtime affair with a married man. But if any of us can top the quality of relationship that she describes on Pg. 261, there is a special place for you in Heaven. If anyone ever had an ideal love it was this woman.

That's only one part of her journey. The story of her upbringing and life at Grossinger's in one small room shared with your mother had its own form of emotional abuse. How she overcame the difficulties of being raised by a woman who isolated herself emotionally is heroic.
When I met Tania's mother she took one look at me, then turned to Tania and asked, "Why can't you be thin like your friend?" I think that says it all.

In spite of the abnormal upraising, Tania took every experience and made the most of it. She became a brilliant publicist, was and is respected by colleagues, and has the courage and integrity to make her journey public.

The book ends with her resolutions to Natasha, the daughter she never had. It reads like a Yom Kippur prayer, not for the coming year, but for life. Her book is a life review of a modern heroine who leaves us with the lesson of what she learned on her very special journey.
Bless You Tania.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner May 25, 2013
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Framed as letters to the daughter she never had, Tania Grossinger's vivid recollections of the iconic institutions and personalities of the 20th Century evoke both laughter and tears, and some delicious gasps, too. Her first-hand knowledge of Grossinger's and the Borscht Belt in its heyday, feminism founder Betty Friedan and LSD tsar Tim Leary, supercelebs Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, "Hef" and Playboy magazine, Art D'Lugoff and the Village Gate, and her own glamorous, enigmatic mother make for a sometimes shocking, often poignant, always entertaining, unforgettable read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN May 16, 2013
Your eyes may pop out, but you'll want to "do" this in one sitting because you won't be able to put it down, from the dropped names to the adventures to the loves to the final reckoning. This is about secrets, the quality of mother love, mysteries and questions, many questions about life and answers, too. Yes! It's about everything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, charming and heartfelt memoir December 5, 2013
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I deeply appreciate a well-written memoir. Tonia's writing is crisp, intelligent and engaging. I could hardly put this book down. I found parallels to my own life, in some ways, and appreciated her deft ability to live such an adventurous life. I would recommend this book to anyone, but maybe especially women, who value the challenges of living one's life with boldness and honesty and who are not afraid to take risks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a woman's book January 7, 2014
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This book was recommended to me by a close friend, who knows I'm a would-be world traveler (currently raising a grandchild). So of course I love all the escapades and descriptions of the places and countries Tania has visited, from her growing-up years with her mother at the famous Grosinger's to her later solo travels as a journalist and travel writer. If you yearn for adventure, this will only whet your appetite!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars courage of your convictions June 1, 2013
in her memoir, Tania Grossinger shares the life she has lived driven by the courage of her convictions.
It is a genuine, insightful and authentic story filled with her highs and happiness coupled with her pain and sadness from the choices she made and the experiences she had.
it is a riveting read that leaves you feeling both awed and inspired!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going down as one of my favorites December 11, 2013
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A lump in my throat still as I write this. And a wish that wherever Tania is she is happy . Even though this book was a little long for me and bounced around through different time periods, the way she writes ( humorous and emotionally thoughtful ) and her amazing experiences make this a book I will recommend to everyone I Know. I kind of felt like someone had wrote a book about the life I had designed for myself that wasn't to be, minus "Natasha" because I had a family so young of course. Which brings me to my next point which is I felt like I was reading the words of someone in their thirties and so was surprised when I started doing the math that she is much older. Wherever she is I wish her the fulfilment love brings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving memoir May 19, 2013
Very touching portrait of a fascinating life. Along with describing the thrill of growing up around glamorous adults and super celebrities, Ms. Grossinger is courageous enough to share her pain--as an adolescent, with a difficult mother, as the "mother " of an imagined child, for whom she tells her story.As unique as her history is, her adult reflections about the regrets, guilts, joys and sorrows of her relationships, both in love and at work,strike universal chords. Many sections brought tears to my eyes.A sensitive and intrepid book. Bravo!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars an unconventional book!
This extraordinary book/diary reads like fiction and I had to remind myself that it is a "true story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by YVOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read! Fast chapters!
Published 2 months ago by SUSAN KALT
5.0 out of 5 stars An independent life rewarded
What made this book--and its subject--interesting to me is that instead of coasting comfortably through life as a member of an influential family with strong name recognition,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura Tierney
2.0 out of 5 stars sometimes I find that the reader can be annoying. I felt the author...
I listened to audible and realize that might have been part of the reason for not giving more stars; sometimes I find that the reader can be annoying. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kat
1.0 out of 5 stars If she were independent she would stop using the Grossinger name
The writer is capitalizing on her last name. She owes the readers their time back if it were possible.
Published 2 months ago by linda rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Tale...
enjoyable and interesting,
Published 3 months ago by Dee Dee Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read...
Enjoyed reading about Tania's adventures. She is a gutsy lady who has lived a very interesting life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Laurel Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
An excellent book. I wish I could know her. She truly is amazing and inspiring. I will recommend this fascinating book to my friends.
Published 6 months ago by KCB
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The Grossinger name still has recognition. However, Tania is not an interesting woman.
Published 10 months ago by Arlene Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for independent women every where!
Absolutely loved this book! Easy read of a life well lived her way! For the time period that wasn't an easy feat. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Roberta Russette
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More About the Author

Talk Show Guest
Travel Writer

Tania Grossinger, a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. Best known for her memoir "Growing Up at Grossinger's", she is currently the author of "Memoir of an Independent Woman; An Unconventional Life Well Lived" (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013) and "Jackie and Me; A Very Special Friendship" (Sky Pony Press, 2013.) In addition to having published over 100 travel articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, she has also appeared on the Today show, Good Morning, America, 20/20, NPR, and over 150 national, syndicated and local TV and radio shows. Her public relations credits range from Playboy Magazine and the Playboy Club to Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique and the Israel Ministry of Tourism. She was also travel/lifestyle contributor to Sally Jessy Raphael's TalkNet and is listed in Who's Who of A America


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