Palm Trees on the Hudson by Elliot Tiber
A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating

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Palm Trees on the Hudson is the hilarious prequel to Elliot Tiber’s bestseller Taking Woodstock. Before Elliot found financial success by bringing Woodstock Ventures to his upstate motel, he was one of Manhattan’s leading interior designers. Then Elliot’s career came to a halt due to a floating society party, Judy Garland, and the Mob.

In April 1968, Elliot was hired to throw an elegant dinner party aboard a luxury yacht on the Hudson River. Included on the guest list were New York’s rich and famous—politicians, financiers, and even Elliot’s icon, Judy Garland. The big night arrived. But when a fight broke out, resulting in the destruction of everything including rented palms, Elliot’s event turned into financial disaster. Things couldn’t get any worse—or so it seemed until the Mob paid a visit.

By turns comic and tragic, Palm Trees on the Hudson is the take-no-prisoners memoir that gives readers a more intimate look at the man who went on to fight back at Stonewall and who helped give birth to the Woodstock Nation.

 

About Elliot Tiber

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Eliot Tiber has written and produced numerous award-winning plays and musical comedies. Profesor of comedy writing and performance at the New School University and Hunter College in Manhattan.
 
Published June 1, 2011 by Square One Publishers. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Mesmerized by Judy Garland's performance in The Wizard of Oz, a young Tiber (Taking Woodstock, 2009, etc.) became enthralled with the actress, as well as the possibility of discovering an Oz-like wonderland beyond the silver screen.

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Publishers Weekly

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Tiber's rollicking prequel to Taking Woodstock has all of the prime ingredients of a madcap literary comic sendup with an enterprising, hapless narrator taking on chic Gotham city with mixed results.

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BC Books

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Battling depression, Tiber saw several psychologists during those years, but what finally worked for him was the disastrous job of the subtitle, which sent him home to the motel.

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BC Books

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The draw was the sexual activities in the theater itself … I made out every time I went there.” He also visited the piers, and “a former 1920s speakeasy called Lenny’s Hideaway,” a gay club that the police often raided and outside of which homophobic thugs hung out “for the sole purpose of beatin...

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New York Journal of Books

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Among the many things to love about New York City is the fact that this teeming metropolis holds the intellectual property rights to characters like Eliyahu Teichberg, the restless young son of immigrants who, cardboard suitcases in hand, flees his native Bensonhurst, moves to Manhattan, changes ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Then Elliot's career came to a halt due to a floating society party, Judy Garland, and the Mob.

In April 1968, Elliot was hired to throw an elegant dinner party aboard a luxury yacht on the Hudson River.

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LL Book Reviews

Past all the trials and turbulence, Tiber’s audience is afforded sensual immersion in Judy Garland’s music, inspired styles of self-expression, and night life so dazzling my wanderlust began to ache for old New York, New York.

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LL Book Reviews

Palm Trees on the Hudson (A true story of the mob, Judy Garland & interior decorating.) showcases the narrative of Tiber’s life pre-Woodstock.

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