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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

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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: 437 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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner May 25, 2013
By hettyn
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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6 of 6 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars woman who had a tough childhood July 21, 2013
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A little to much emphasis on name dropping rather than the quality of the writing but still a good read.
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly original! Just wonderful! June 23, 2013
The wonderful story about this woman living life "out loud, " is touching, inspring,entertaining, and fresh. Tania is as honest with herself as she is in her writing and would probably never have it any other way. It was apage turner but one that I would go back and reread. I read it to a friend in the hospital and she could not wait for me to return. The choices the author makes, the way she embraces what is in front of her, and the compassion she has for those near to her, is just awesome. It is also an great read on recent history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Yourself To A Great Read June 23, 2013
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Stunning to read, inspirational like no other book in a long time. An authentic voice from whom I wish many, many more books. With a lot to overcome, Ms. Grossinger builds an admirable life worth living..and all along the way, she is always insightful, honest and a ready and contributing participant in the social fabric around her. She looks to make things better, no ducking out for this lady! Pull an all-nighter with this book and you'll get through the next day without sleeping. That's how GOOD you feel for having read it.
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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 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 27 days 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 5 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 9 months ago by Roberta Russette
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great surprise
Guess I'm a child of the 60's also because I could totally relate to the author, although I never went to summer camp. I could just see Johnny and Baby there. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I am deeply touched and forever moved by this amazing and honest book. I will read it again and again. I loved it. Thank you, Tania
Published 10 months ago by Maryanne J. Hoburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a woman's book
This book was recommended to me by a close friend, who knows I'm a would-be world traveler (currently raising a grandchild). Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. McAllister
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I learned nothing in this book, not even patience. It is a self serving autobiography that just drones on and on. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Toadgram
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going down as one of my favorites
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by kachele yelaca
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, charming and heartfelt memoir
I deeply appreciate a well-written memoir. Tonia's writing is crisp, intelligent and engaging. I could hardly put this book down. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
I thought the story would have been better without the made up daughter and without saving her love affair of many years until the end of the book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathleen Canning
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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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