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

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  180 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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 thr
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 25th 2010 by Square One Publishers
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Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Digging it so far. Just on beginning chapters. Set in Greenwich Village, 50s, Beatniks.
I know this is going to be a 5 Star book. So a big thanks to Elliot Tiber for making this a free Kindle book.
Barb 7/22/11

Ok, now I'm finished and changing to 5 stars. I was rooting for Elliot through the whole book. And right now I'm going to listen to a few Judy Garland songs.
Barb 7/23/11
A Fun Summer Read

A lot of people will relate to Elliot's story of rising above family expectations to find the true meaning of life.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this book.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why can't I?'

This review is from: Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating (Hardcover)
Elliot Tiber (AKA Eliahu Teichberg) has the gift! He can take a story about his life, embroider it with many truths and then provide scatological filigree on riffs that include social mores, New York lifestyles, Judy Garland etc and come up with a novel (AKA memoir, because it is almost all true) that riv
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, & Interior Decorating is written by Elliot Tiber, author of the bestselling Taking Woodstock.
This biography chronicles Tiber's life until around the age of 35. It glimpses at his childhood with his cold mother and passive father, his "run for freedom" to Greenwich Village, and his struggle to become a success as an interior decorator.

Tiber seems like such a fascinating person, and in this memoir I couldn't help but feel for him
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This prequel to Tiber's Taking Woodstock is both hilarious and heartbreaking. In this memoir, Elliot Tiber recalls escaping Brooklyn and his passive father and emasculating and controlling mother and moving to Manhattan where he attends college, lives on practically nothing, and eventually becomes a leading New York City interior designer. Then April 1968 arrives. Tiber is asked to create an over-the-top birthday celebration for a man who turns out to be involved with the mob. The party began as ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful romp through Elliot Tiber's life prior to 1969 and Woodstock. He takes you on his wild ride from lower Manhattan up to White Lake in the town of Bethel, NY. The story is exactly about what his subtitle states, "the mob, Judy Garland, and interior decorating". You can feel the exhilaration of his highs and the despair of his lows. A fun book to read, and very nostalgic for someone like me who spent all her summers during her formative years in White Lake, directly across the road fro ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
This memoir is a quick read highlighting Elliot's struggle to become a successful interior decorator in 1960's Manhattan. I did not find the book "hilarious" as the book jacket states, but it was interesting and poignant. The pivotal event was the private party Elliot staged for the owner of the Crystal Palace who unbeknownst to Elliot had mob affiliations. Elliott also struggles with an overbearing Jewish mother, funneling money into his parent's failing motel enterprise and addressing his hom ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Elliot Tiber tells of his life growing up in Brooklyn with a domineering mother and a submissive father in this quirky memoir. It also explains how he survived his upbringing to escape to the go to college and become a decorator and also a motel owner. The funny (not laugh out loud) vignettes of life in Manhattan, the people he meets, especially Judy Garland and situations he gets himself into makes this a entertaining book. Its quick read into the eccentric mind of this author.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book isn't well written (maybe it doesn't matter as it's a memoir?) and I'm not convinced that all the events in it are true. I think I find the author a bit of a noticebox which reduces my interest in him. It seems to have been published in 2010 and if that's correct, I find some of his views of the world surprisingly antiquated and sometimes prejudicial for a gay man whose social life pre-dates gay equality. That said, the stories in the book are interesting and passed the time.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After having recently watched the film 'Taking Woodstock', which I loved, I was very excited to find this wonderful memoir, which is, in effect, a prequel to that film. I love Elliot's writing style and his tales of coming of age and leaving home, his hate/love relationship with his mother, and the way he shares his journey into life, love and the workforce. I was left wanting more!
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Entertaining memoir of a gay Jewish man trying to become a successful interior designer in 1950s & 60s New York. It's only the first part of his story - this is a prequel to "Taking Woodstock." It's a quick read and I found a lot of his stories fascinating. It's easy to forget (or not realize) just how commonplace anti-gay attitudes were such a relatively short time ago.
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it was a 'free' Kindle book, and found it very enjoyable - thank you, Amazon. I doubt if I would have read it otherwise, but glad I did.

Elliot's early years were full of adventure and I often laughed at some of his stories. The reflection of the his life at the end of the book was moving.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Just cant get into this one...
Becki Racunas
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was interesting, but more of an autobiography.
Virginia Hlavaty
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got it free for my Kindle, but I really liked it. It was a light, fast read.
Ace Bannon
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A light read that was everything I expected but nothing more. Not sure how much of it is accurate, but it was a fun look at a particular time and place.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I kept wanting it to get better, but the writing was very stilted and reminded me of some of my freshman comp memoirs.
Darla O'brien
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really fun read!
Meredith Kleeger Oppenheim
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like Judy Garland, Drag Queeens and comedy you will like this book.
A prequel to Taking Woodstock.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Free on Kindle. A fascinating read. Prequel of Woodstock Nation
Poorly written memoir
Liz Kuhns
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty well-written. I enjoy memoirs even if I do not recognize the person as famous, so this book was right up my alley.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
The 1960s through the eyes of Elliot Tiber. Interesting look at the gay community in New York and one man's episodic family dysfunction. Very funny.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Quite an entertaining short memoir. Well written. Didn't even know who this guy was, but it didn't matter.
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