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It Happened in the Catskills
An Oral History in the Words of Busboys, Bellhops, Guests, Proprietors, Comedians, Agents, and Others Who Lived It
Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer

New Introduction

“The truth about the Catskills—unexpurgated tales of heartache and laughter. This book will touch all who read it.”
—Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara

This signature book captures the flavor of the “Borscht Belt,” that fabled vacation area just “ninety minutes from Broadway.” Summer romances, mambo time, menus with seven kinds of herring, musical and comedic greats getting their start, bungalows, and big hotels like Grossinger’s—all come back in a rush. Through the power of oral history, more than a hundred voices share stories that span nearly a century—recalling an experience that exists now only in memory.

Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a husband-and-wife team specializing in oral history. The authors of such notable books as It Happened on Broadway and Growing Up Jewish in America, they live in Lyme, New Hampshire, and both teach at Dartmouth College.

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The cover of Frommer's book about the Catskills is red, with a collage of old photos about resorts like Grossinger's—which may be most widely recognized as the inspiration for "Kellerman's Mountain Resort" in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

Fall 2004

LC: 2004054619 F
270 pp.   8 x 10
150 b/w photos
Paper ISBN 978-0-299-20604-8

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