Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

January 2013

Snapshots of a New York long gone - especially poignant because he describes the New York that my mother and grandmother grew up in. Sloppy Louie’s restaurant was owned by a relative of mine; Louie Morino and his brother Amil (who ran the restaurant after Louie retired) were my great-uncles. This book of essays is laugh-out-loud funny in places, tragic in other places, and never less than fascinating.

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