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The grandson of famed Catskill resort owner Jennie Grossinger, Richard Grossinger grew up in a Manhattan apartment with his mother, stepfather, brother and sister and attended private schools. In this affecting, gracefully written memoir, Grossinger details his unhappy childhood, which was punctuated by episodes of panic. His mother so resented his attachment to his father, Paul, with whom he lived at Jennie Grossinger's resort during school vacations, that she consistently behaved as though she hated Richard and publicly favored his brother. Observing his son's emotional distress, Paul arranged for Richard to undergo Freudian psychoanalysis, an experience that he describes here. The author skillfully evokes the world of '50s New York and Grossinger's Catskills as well as the counterculture of the '60s, which he was drawn to while attending Amherst College.
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A graduate of Amherst College, Richard Grossinger received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, writing an ethnography of fishing in Maine. He is the author of many books, a portion of which is listed below:
Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings
The Night Sky
Homeopathy: The Great Riddle
Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's
He and his wife Lindy Hough are the founding publishers of North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, California.
In a memoir/novel that is an orgy of overwritten self-indulgence, Grossinger, scion of the late Catskills resort hotel clan, chronicles his privileged but often unhappy life from his earliest memories to marriage and fatherhood. Private schools, a Park Avenue apartment, summer camps, and swaggering through vacations at Grossingers never quite compensate for growing up feeling unloved by a mother with numerous problems of her own. Years of childhood psychoanalysis led Grossinger into an appreciation of Freudian psychology and a lifelong interest in cultural anthropology, which resulted in his starting a college teaching career, the literary magazine Io, and his own publishing company. Grossinger's accounts of his childhood and adolescence are notable for their detailed?one might say overly detailed?honesty. Readers who navigated the 1950s and 1960s at approximately the same age (Grossinger was born in 1944) will find themselves nodding in agreement as memories of their own experiences flood back. For comprehensive collections only.?Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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