Award-winning narrator Suzanne Toren's dignified and frank performance perfectly suits Tania Grossinger's honest memoir about growing up on the storied Grossingers resort in the Catskills, mingling with generation-defining luminaries like Tim Leary, Ayn Rand, Betty Friedan, Hugh Hefner, and longtime friend Jackie Robinson, her adventures as a single woman, her affair with a married man, the failure of her own marriage, her many reinventions, and her ability to make peace with her life decisions.
The reminiscence that began in Growing Up at Grossinger’s concludes here as an open letter to an imaginary daughter, brimming with refreshing relatability, bravery, humor, and poignancy.
It takes a certain kind of woman to have the courage to defy societal conventions. In an era when her female counterparts were still expected to marry early and have children, Tania Grossinger set out on her own. This is her story. 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 to defy societal conventions. In an era when her female counterparts were still expected to marry early and have children, Tania Grossinger set out on her own. This is her story.
After spending her childhood at the famous Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills, Tania Grossinger was the publicist for the groundbreaking The Feminine Mystique (over four million copies sold), spent seven years as the Director of Broadcast Promotion for Playboy Magazine and the Playboy Club, did PR for The $64,000 Question, escaped her first marriage, and went to live in Mexico - and that’s only the beginning. Rubbing shoulders with some of America’s most famous figures, what Tania has to reveal about Ayn Rand (she has a sense of humor after all), Timothy Leary, Jackie Robinson, Hugh Hefner, and the unsolved disappearance of a fellow travel writer in Jamaica, will keep you up at night turning the pages of one of the most interesting women to put pen to paper in recent memory.
Started out very interesting, but by the end I just wanted it over. The last 5 chapters at least needed the fat trimmed. Too long, too many repeat sentiments.
What did you love best about Memoir of an Independent Woman?
How Grossinger was a self made woman.
What did you like best about this story?
Just answered that.
Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. Great like all others.
Any additional comments?
It's a great, never a dull moment book. Very inspiring for young women.