Written by Pat Grace Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00
“I know more people from my years in Manhasset than any other place I have lived,” said Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser, who loved writing her book, Manhasset Stories A Baby Boomer Looks Back, saying it brought back so many wonderful, happy memories.
Rosenwasser had written an article about her hometown, published in the New York Times in 1991, and published another article in 2007 on Jones Beach #9 in Long Island Woman (for which she won a LI Press Association award, first place, essay) and said she received such a steady stream of appreciative notes and emails following each article that she was encouraged to write her book, published in 2011.
Her mother lived in Manhasset from 1951 until 1972, and Suzanne left for Manhattan around 1972. Remembering, Suzanne chuckled at the thought of her mom as a Girl Scout leader—“someone had to do it,” she mused, “It was all so new.”Suzanne said her stories ring true for so many people who shared her experiences captured in the book. They were happy times when everyone was so young and vibrant—as was the town itself. When with Manhasset people, Suzanne’s experience is, “We just know each other; it feels like home; so easy; no effort.” And in those early years, she added, the bond is intact with her friends’ siblings too because the experiences were the same. “We all share a common bond growing up in Manhasset.”
“And we knew everyone,” she recalled. “We had such a range of common experiences: being outside all the time, ice skating at Copley Pond; going to Jones Beach, —with some neighbor always calling to tell on us.” Suzanne’s memories embrace the town and the times but she did confess on a more personal level that she can still see her first boyfriend, Dave Ryan, in his red ski sweater in the Strathmore Bowling Alley, back in the seventh grade, when she had her first kiss.
The book is a delight both for those who were a part of those golden years and those who enjoy reading about a slice of Manhasset the way it was.
Visit her website www.suzannerosen wasser.com. You can order a signed copy with a special message if you wish. The book is available on Amazon and on the Barnes and Noble website. The book is also carried at the Little Shop ‘Round the Corner, 7 Hillside Avenue, Manhasset, 627-1434, where the first order of 15 books sold out in four days. Also, four copies are available at the Manhasset Public Library.
An excerpt from Manhasset Stories A Baby Boomer Looks Back appears on the editorial page. Look for more excerpts in future issues.