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Catskill Hotels (Images of America: New York)

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At one time, according to the Catskill Institute, there were more than a thousand hotels spread across the mountains of Greene, Ulster, Delaware, and Sullivan Counties. The Catskills were an exciting world full of pleasures to be enjoyed, with summer and winter activities characterized by entertainment, food, sports, card playing, and food again. Catskill Hotels, with a collection of some two hundred images, tells the story of this world, which began with America's first resort hotel, the Catskill Mountain House, continued with places such as the world-famous Grossinger's, and can still be found today at Kutsher's Country Club, the Mountain House at Lake Mohonk, and a few other hardy resorts.


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Memories of the Catskills: The Making of a Hotel

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Awards:
   2013 Gold:  Global EBook Awards -- Art/Graphics.
   2013 Silver:  Global EBook Awards -- Autobiography/Memoirs.
   2013 Silver:  Global EBook Awards -- Humor/Comedy.
   2012 Bronze:  eLit Award  Winner -- Humor.

Memories of The Catskills: The Making of a Hotel, by Alvin L. Lesser, with a foreword by John Conway, Sullivan County Historian, takes the reader back to a time and place that was like no other. Families wishing to get out of the stifling heat of a New York City summer and other nearby crowded areas, found the perfect escape in "the Catskills." By sharing an insider's view of one person's life in this magical arena, Lesser lets readers experience the fun and the work that went into creating a place that people came back to year after year.

Memories of the Catskills
is a candid and charming memoir about the rise and fall of the "Borscht Belt." Lesser Lodge, a small hotel where the author spent the better part of his childhood, lies at the center of the heartfelt tale. Famous stars of yesteryear came to entertain in the Borscht Belt at Lesser Lodge. The Lodge survived the depression era and then flourished during the years of economic recovery and growth. Not just the story of the Lesser family, but the warmth of people who made others welcome by providing a respite which made them all family-- entertainers and guests alike.

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A Hotel Kid: The Story of Lonnie Brown and Brown's Hotel in the Catskills

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The ups and downs of being the daughter of Lillian and Charles Brown of Brown's Hotel. The friendship with Jerry Lewis for 77 years. A happy life as a senior living her life out in Florida.

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Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise

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Once the most famed resort destination of the world, the Catskills, New Yorks bygone Borscht Belt district, helped shape American culture and history. Through 363 images, take a trip back in time to relive the stories behind the theaters and nightclubs, the lavish lobbies where bellhops welcomed celebrities, and the vacuous dining rooms that served thousands of rich kosher meals each day.


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Temper Expectations

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An Unwanted Guest: A Novel

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away


It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in and try to make the best of it.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm--and one another.

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The Catskills (Images of America: New York)

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From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication. Many of the postcards produced during this "golden age," and even some from later years, can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores and five and dimes across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. This fascinating new history of the Catskills of New York showcases more than two hundred of the best, most evocative vintage postcards available.

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The Hotel Neversink

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"A gripping, atmospheric, heart-breaking, almost-ghost story. Not since Stephen King's Overlook has a hotel hiding a secret been brought to such vivid life." Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

Thirty-one years after workers first broke ground, the magnificent Hotel Neversink in the Catskills finally opens to the public. Then a young boy disappears.

This mysterious vanishingand the ones that followwill brand the lives of three generations. At the root of it all is Asher Sikorsky, the ambitious and ruthless patriarch whose purchase of the hotel in 1931 set a haunting legacy into motion. His daughter Jeanie sees the Hotel Neversink into its most lucrative era, but also its darkest. Decades later, Asher's grandchildren grapple with the familys heritage in their own ways: Len fights to keep the failing, dilapidated hotel alive, and Alice sets out to finally uncover the murderers identity.

Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family membersa matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many othersThe Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam OFallon-Price details one mans struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all.

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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

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Fully illustrated and complete with over 100 interviews, this engrossing oral history truly captures the flavor of what Jewish comedians used to call the Borscht Belt and re-creates a world now gone-a New York State vacation haven in the middle decades of this century primarily to New York City Jews-and is sure to take readers on a sunny cruise down memory lane.

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The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: An Explorer's Guide: Includes Saratoga Springs & Albany, Fifth Edition

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In print for more than 15 years, this popular, comprehensive guide recommends the best restaurants, inns, and attractions in New York's historic Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainsand provides a wealth of information about everything a traveler will want to know. In this dynamic, historic region, quaint villages, small wineries, and pick-your-own farms coexist with gourmet restaurants and world-class hiking, rock climbing, and fly-fishing. Rich in history and travel opportunities, the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains are an essential destination for travelers from New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston, and beyond. The area is also one of the fastest-growing vacation and second-home destinations. Joanne Michaels, the most widely respected travel writer on this burgeoning region, has updated, revised, and expanded The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: An Explorer's Guide. Now in its fifth edition, she includes hundreds of places in which to eat and stay, along with many things to do. Throughout, you'll find "author's choice" entries featuring her personal picks for don't-miss lodging, dining, and attractions. Handy icons even point out family-friendly activities and lodgings that accept pets. Travelers, transplants, and locals alike will value this authoritative resource that should be taken in the car on both weekend excursions and longer vacation trips. 60 black & white photos, 15 maps, index.

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