The Receptionist by Janet Groth
An Education at The New Yorker

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...Groth doesn't go deep enough...the true story that, even now, Groth cannot quite bring herself to tell.
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In 1957, when a young Midwestern woman landed a job at The New Yorker, she didn’t expect to stay long at the reception desk. But stay she did, and for twenty-one years she had the best seat in the house. In addition to taking messages, she ran interference for jealous wives checking on adulterous husbands, drank with famous writers at famous watering holes throughout bohemian Greenwich Village, and was seduced, two-timed, and proposed to by a few of the magazine’s eccentric luminaries. This memoir of a particular time and place is an enchanting tale of a woman in search of herself.

 

About Janet Groth

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Janet Groth, Emeritus Professor of English at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, has also taught at Vassar, Brooklyn College, the University of Cincinnati, and Columbia. She was a Fulbright lecturer in Norway and a visiting fellow at Yale and is the author of Edmund Wilson: A Critic for Our Time (for which she won the NEMLA Book Award) and coauthor of Critic in Love: A Romantic Biography of Edmund Wilson. She lives in New York City.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jun 24 2012

...Groth doesn't go deep enough...the true story that, even now, Groth cannot quite bring herself to tell.

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