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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

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“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)

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  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXUVUKE
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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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ina Albert on May 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 By hettyn on May 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 By Emily Rosen on May 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 By Randy from So Cal on 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 By M. McAllister on 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 By Dr, Jane Greer on June 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 By kachele yelaca on 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 By Gene A. Yellin on May 19, 2013
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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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