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Hotel Kid : A Times Square Childhood - Stephen Lewis

Hotel Kid

A Times Square Childhood

Paperback Published: 28th September 2004
ISBN: 9781589880184
Number Of Pages: 214

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In its heyday in the 1930s and '40s, the Taft was the biggest hotel in midtown Manhattan. Stephen Lewis grew up in this New York landmark, where his father, the general manager, ruled over a staff of Damon Runyonesque characters. Lewis contrasts his luxurious life inside the hotel with the gritty carnival spirit of his Times Square neighbourhood. In these pages, visit the night-clubs and movie palaces of a vanished era and thread your way among sightseers and hucksters. 'Hotel Kid' is Eloise for adults. An Editor's Choice of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

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Praise for Stephen Lewis and Hotel Kid

"Funny, poignant, sad and wistful...This is a very fine book--about a person, and a city, growing up."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Charming."--New York Times

"This delightful yet poignant memoir is highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

"The charming Hotel Kid is as luxurious as the lobby in a five-star hotel."--San Francisco Chronicle

"[T]his postcard from a vanished age nicely captures a special childhood rivaling Eloise's"--Kirkus Reviews

"This literary memoir is perfect for those who long for the way things were."--Publishers Weekly/

"A sweet, moving and sometimes hilarious memoir."--The Jewish Exponent

"A colorful and nostalgic snapshot of a vanished era."--Bloomsbury Review

"Chockfull of history and wit, Stephen Lewis' account of his charming yet preposterous childhood spent in a suite at the Taft Hotel ordering from room service and playing games like elevator free fall is a five-star read. Hotel Kid pays tribute to an elegant time long ago that was very elegant and is very gone. It's a book we've been waiting for without realizing it: at long last, an Eloise for grown ups."--Madeleine Blais, author of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family

ISBN: 9781589880184
ISBN-10: 1589880188
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 28th September 2004
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3