Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating

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6.37 X 9.08 X 0.73 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

Elliot Tiber (April 15, 1935-August 3, 2016) was a gay rights pioneer who wrote and produced numerous award-winning plays and musical comedies. As a professor of comedy writing and performance, he taught at the New School and Hunter College in Manhattan. His first novel, Rue Haute, was a bestseller in Europe, and was published in the United States as High Street. The novel was made into a 1976 French-language feature film adapted and directed by coauthor and partner André Ernotte. As a humorist, Mr. Tiber appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, and CNBC, as well as on television shows in Franch, England, Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin, Belgium, and elsewhere throughout the world.

Mr. Tiber's memoir Taking Woodstock, which he wrote with Tom Monte, was first published in 2007 and was soon after turned into a feature film by director Ang Lee. He is also the author of another memoir that explored his life before Woodstock called Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating. In addition to his work as a writer, Tiber was a highly sought-after lecturer who appeared in many international venues. In his final years, Mr. Tiber lived in the Miami Beach section of Florida, where he continued his work as a writer; a painter; and a humorist.


"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 . . . Tiber balances belly laughs and sincere emotion as he recounts how his infamous birthday party aboard a Hudson River Day Line steamboat went sour, a revealing talk with his beloved Garland during the mayhem, and the antigay sentiment in New York City that led to the 1969 riot at the Stonewall."

--Publishers Weekly

"A young man's coming-of-age amid the glitzy backdrop of mid-20th century New York . . . a humorous tale."

--Kirkus Reviews

"Palm Trees on the Hudson flows so lyrically it should come as no surprise to learn that Elliot Tiber has also written and produced musical comedies . . . This is a story that talks about the alienation gay people experience in youth, adn the issues many of us go through with our families in terms of acceptance."

--South Florida Gay News

"Exceptionally well-written . . . [a] rags-to-riches-and-back-again riveter."

"Thought-provoking, fun, meaningful, educational, and historical . . . supremely fantastic writing."

--Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"[Carries] the weight of social history. Among a dwindling number of first-person accounts recalling urban-American life before the great liberation movements found their voice. Tiber has a way with a tale . . . a surprising read for all."

--Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post

"[A] whopper of an anecdote--one that most surely has earned [Tiber] rapt attention, shocked laughter, and thunderous applause at many a dinner party table during these last 30 years. That Tiber is himself quite a character is a given. He is the genuine item, the real deal."

--Vinton Rafe McCabe, The New York Journal of Books

"[A] hidden gem . . . Tiber, who once dabbled in stand-up comedy, tells a good story, and his recollections of Manhattan society and being gay in the 1960s are priceless . . . [Palm Trees on the Hudson is] very much worth the look. Once you start this book, you'll have a dickens of a time putting it down."

--The Bookworm Sez (nationally syndicated review columnist)