Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's
Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's

Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's

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Richard Grossinger
"A strange and remarkable self-evaluation in the form of a novel - illuminating, tender, moving, evocative ... any number of adjectives of praise would be appropriate." - George Plimpton. "The story of Grossinger's Hotel - and the Grossinger family - is a Biblical epic that happens to be an essential place in the variegated puzzle of United States cultural history. Who better to parse the past and reveal and/or revile the secrets of the present than the gifted social anthropologist Richard Grossinger, himself an intimate devourer and divulger of details. Richard is an inveterate, compulsive story-teller, and this is his opus maximus, an analytical cride coeur of the first order."
-- Barry Gifford

"In this mesmerizing, Proustian evocation of life in the contrasting, yet overlapping, worlds of Manhattan's Upper East and West Sides, Goddard College, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Borscht Belt, Richard Grossinger provides anyone who's ever spent time in those heady milieus--particularly at Grossinger's, his family's hotel--with many savory Madeleines. At once ironic observer and dynamic participant, he records the goings-on with a lively balance of satire and sentiment, and exposes the myth of the so-called privileged childhood where all too often material comfort masks not-so-subtle abuse and deepest deprivation."
-Martha Mendelsohn, Manhattan correspondent for The Jewish Week

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