Gloria Abramoff

Former Owner and Operator of Tatnuck Bookseller

"You know I don’t think until in retrospect and we heard from so many people, honestly, when we closed [Tatnuck Bookseller], how bereft they were. And I have to say, it’s two years later and I still hear it. And how does that make me feel – it was great. It was – and I feel sad that there’s nothing that’s quite taken its place. I mean you can’t really do it in a mall."


Gloria Zieper Abramoff was born in 1952 and raised in the Tatnuck Square section of Worcester, MA. She attended Tatnuck Elementary School, Chandler Street Junior High and Doherty Memorial High School, all on the west side of Worcester, MA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1974. She earned a Masters in Arts and Teaching degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Gloria lived in Philadelphia, PA for a short time where she met her future husband, Larry Abramoff, also a native of Worcester. Gloria shares her memories of owning and operating the popular and successful Tatnuck Bookseller with her husband from 1975-2006. She reflects on the changing bookstore business during that time.

Interview Date: 
October 22, 2007
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