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I was in need of them because I earned less than twelve dollars a week-my royalties for a weekly column of facts gleaned from magazines.

I was in need of them because I earned less than twelve dollars a week-my royalties for a weekly column of facts gleaned from magazines. It was during the summer of 1938. I lived in a furnished room on the fourth floor of a walk-up building. My window faced a blank wall.

In the Catskills book. The Catskills was the penultimate summer vacation spot for American Jews, from the end of I grew up in a protestant Midwestern town

In the Catskills book. The Catskills was the penultimate summer vacation spot for American Jews, from the end of I grew up in a protestant Midwestern town. Anything Jewish was just as alien to me as Mars, but then I moved to New York City. I discovered a whole subculture of Americana during my seven years there. I spent Passover with a co-worker's family in Long Island, I learned the various Yiddish words that were sprinkled throughout conversation, and I constantly heard reference to "Grossingers" in the "Catskills. Through fiction, memoir, music, and art, this book offers a glimpse of the Catskills experience over a century and assesses its continuing impact on American culture. The book features contributions from such writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Vivian Gornick; and original contributions from historians, sociologists, and scholars of American and Judaic studies.

The history of the Jewish Catskills really starts on the farms

If you've visited the Catskills yourself, or heard stories from your parents or grandparents, or are just interested in this extraordinary time and place, pack your bags and prepare to enjoy your stay In the Catskills. eISBN: 978-0-231-5044. The history of the Jewish Catskills really starts on the farms. Baron de Hirsch, a major Jewish philanthropist, funded many agricultural projects that put Jews onto farms in places such as Argentina, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, New Jersey, and the Catskills.

Through fiction, memoir, music, photography, and art, In the Catskills highlights the Catskills experience over a century and assesses its continuing impact on American music, comedy, food, culture, and religion. It features selections from such fiction writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Herman Wouk, Allegra Goodman and Vivian Gornick; and original contributions from historians, sociologists, and scholars of American and Jewish culture that trace the history of the region, the rise of hotels and bungalow colonies, the wonderful flavors of food and entertainment, and distinctive forms of Jewish.

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In the Catskills: A Century of Jewish Experience in "The Mountains". The author, a professor of sociology at Brown University and co-founder of the Catskills Institute, this book is an examination of his childhood legacy. He grew up a "mountain rat" in the Catskills where his mother worked as a chef, his father in various resort occupations; Brown himself had numerous jobs. His visits as an adult to his old haunts reveal a changed emotional and social landscape.

95, Columbia University Press). Phil Brown's anthology covers a century of fiction, non-fiction, and even sheet music. It is lavishly illustrated with photos, postcards, menus, hotel brochures & other items. Catskills Institute members will be especially interested in selections on the Loomis Sanatorium, early Jewish farms and boardinghouses, traveling to the mountains, organized crime in the Catskills, the Woodstock festival, and, of course, the hotels.

A Century of Jewish Experience in "The Mountains". Published April 2004 by Columbia University Press. Ontario and Western Railroad Station in Liberty, 1920s.

Through fiction, memoir, music, photography, and art, In the Catskills highlights the Catskills experience over a century and assesses its continuing impact on American music, comedy, food, culture, and religion. It features selections from such fiction writers as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Herman Wouk, Allegra Goodman and Vivian Gornick; and original contributions from historians, sociologists, and scholars of American and Jewish culture that trace the history of the region, the rise of hotels and bungalow colonies, the wonderful flavors of food and entertainment, and distinctive forms of Jewish religion found in the Mountains.What was life--the work, the play, the food, the romance--like at Catskills Mountains resorts? These very personal recollections capture the special sense of community and real sense of freedom that developed. Far from the welter of the city, Jewish families learned to vacation and enjoy themselves, to savor the social mobility and cultural space the resorts afforded, and to nourish their culinary and comic traditions. From "Bingo by the Bungalow" by Thane Rosenbaum to "Young Workers in the Hotels" by Phil Brown to "Shoot the Shtrudel to Me Yudel" by Henry Foner, this charming anthology captures an era that has had enormous impact on the Jewish experience and American culture as a whole."Whenever I speak about the Catskills," observes editor Phil Brown, "I am struck by the strength of people's desire to relive their experiences in the Mountains." If you've visited the Catskills yourself, or heard stories from your parents or grandparents, or are just interested in this extraordinary time and place, pack your bags and prepare to enjoy your stay In the Catskills.

Comments: (7)

Jarortr
As described - good price - fast delivery - great seller!
Shistus
how simple life was years ago! grass,trees,good food and good company made great vacations.if only we could go back in time for a brief moment. this book is a treasure because it takes us back so easily.
Dark_Sun
A lot of nostalgia plus some interesting facts about a time that has sadly gone away. Very quick and interesting reading.
Justie
Brought back good memories. Many names and places were familiar
Tejar
How exciting... a book by the guy who runs those Catskills Institute workshops each August! I attended one a few years back, and I still have the audio tapes frlom some of the lectures. Collected here are 34 essays, excerpts from memoirs, songs, and stories of life in the Catskills in the Twentieth Century. The book includes the words and music to Shoot the Shtrudel to Me Yudel (1941) which was dedicated to Yudel Slutzky; an excerpt from Joey Adam's 1966 autobiography on the Borsht Belt; a reprint of "Jewish Farmers of the Catskills"; and even a piece from Cahan's "The Rise of David Levinsky." The book has seven main sections: history; boarding house, bungalow, and kuchalayn life; hotel life; entertainment; romance; religion; and food. Additional standouts include an excerpt from Kaaterskill Falls (by Allegra Goodman); I. B. Singer's "The Yearning Heifer"; Thane Rosenbaum's "Bingo in the Bungalow"; Herman Wouk's "Marjorie at South Wind"; and Tania Grossinger's "Growing Up at Grossinger's." The book is also filled with photos of Catskill's life, signage, a rate sheet, and even old hotel menus.
Worla
Bought this as a gift for my husband's Birthday. Unfortunately, the book did not seem to have the jacket with it as advertized in the picture. It was a solid blue with the title of the book on the side. If there is a jacket, I would like the seller to send it. I will contact them to see.
OCARO
Devoured this book! The writer knows his subject and tells about the wonderful golden days of the Catskills with expertise and heart. One of my all time favorite reads, and I will re-read it to relive the wonder & magic of the Borscht Belt.
In the Catskills: A Century of Jewish Experience in "The Mountains" download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Phil Brown
ISBN: 0231123612
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 21, 2004)
Pages: 367 pages