About the Book
Generation to Generation traces the compelling story of a contemporary Jewish-American family from its origins in Hungary and Lithuania, through immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the United States, South Africa, and Mexico, to the present time. Although it covers six generations, its history is relayed mostly through the personal voices of Stanley Papel and his parents, Phil Papel and Sophie Roth Papel. Not only a memoir, Generation to Generation offers insight into the giftware industry, middle-class life in twentieth-century Los Angeles, and the emergence of a gay sensibility from a traditional family milieu.
The book may be purchased in paperback, hardback and electronic versions at Amazon.com; then search: Generation to Generation by Stanley Papel. The options will show pricing and worldwide distribution options with free shipping to Amazon Prime members. The book is Coffee Table size measuring 8.5” x 11” with 200 pages including approximately 100 photos and ancestry charts. Official Publication date was October 1, 2020. An revised 2nd edition is planned for 2022.
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About the Author
Stanley Louis Papel was born December 17, 1942, in Los Angeles, California.
Stanley spent his career of over 50 years in the giftware industry, creating new products with a large international distribution. Since retiring, Stanley has been writing about his family and his family’s business. His first book, Tales Beyond Main Street, is a history of the Papel family business, which started in Disneyland, California in 1955. This book, Generations to Generations, covers the story of his family from its European roots to the present.
Stanley is the father of three grown children and several grandchildren and was recently married in a same-sex ceremony to Sven Wulf. He spends the majority of his time in Palm Springs and Los Angeles.
Author Gary Seigel on Generation to Generation:
“Always fascinating and consistently entertaining, Stan Papel’s wonderful autography has a laid-back charm and candid sense of humor that fuels a massive amount of memories, including those of his mother, father, and other members of his family. We get detailed insight into what it was like to grow up in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s. Particularly fascinating is Papel’s description of his dad’s growth as an entrepreneur from early pioneer in the giftware business and his success in opening one of the first retail gift stores on Disneyland’s Main Street to the multi-million dollar expansion that Stan helped create and develop.
Though this book may have been written mainly for family and friends, it offers other readers a fascinating and endearing glimpse at the numerous challenges of juggling business, family, children, wife - eventually ex-wife. His insights include an unusually honest assessment of what it was like to struggle with sexual identity, describing in some detail his coming out experience when he was in his 50s. I highly recommend this book.”
Gary Seigel is the author of the new novel from Acorn Press, Haskell Himself. His non-fiction book, The Mouth Trap: Strategies, Tips, and Secrets for Keeping your Feet out of your Mouth, published in 2008 by Career Press, has been translated into a dozen languages.