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The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    not worth the money

    I've always loved the New Yorker, so thought I would love an insider's viewpoint. Not really. I have no sympathy for the author who manages to stay in a job that she knows will never go anywhere for many years, while having affairs with various writers. By the end of the book I was exhausted by her unhappiness. I wouldn't recommend this book

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Not worth the money

    I was all caught up in the book's backdrop of the New Yorker in the 50s and 60s but gave up half way through because her story wasn't interesting. There were sections that went on and on, a paragraph might have sufficed instead of a chapter. I guess I was duped. I gave the book away.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    One?

    I only heard an npr interview, but based on that and educated reviews, it sounds good.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    A bit overrated

    For all the interesting material Groth talks about in the book, at times she managed to put me to sleep in the way she discussed it. At times the book was also overwritten (taking 50 words to describe something that could've taken 10). The content itself--particularly the politics of working at New York's most famous magazine--was compelling, though.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    I had very high hopes for this book. Imagine, a book written by

    I had very high hopes for this book. Imagine, a book written by a receptionist at the New Yorker magazine in the 50's and 60's. Receptionists are often known as the gatekeepers of any company and I expected the book to tell juicy stories about the writers, the cartoonists, the interview subjects, and of the tumultuous time itself. Instead, I found a book detailing an unhappy woman's attempts to field somewhat of a career and obtain some type of love life. Janet Groth's story is not remarkable in the least. It's the pathetic tale of promiscuity and lack of ambition, with a couple of names dropped here and there to try to make her sound, if only to herself, like someone of importance. I struggled to finish the book only because I have a strange quirk about leaving books unfinished and I gave the book only one star because my review wouldn't be accepted with no stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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