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The Receptionist by Janet Groth
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Sep 21, 13

bookshelves: autobiography-memoir, new-york
Read from September 11 to 21, 2013

Picture "Madmen" at the New Yorker - writers instead of ad men, told from the receptionists point of view. Intelligent writing, that is as much about her own personal growth as a mid western young woman coming into her own in the 60's and 70's, as the environment of the magazine with iconic writers, editors and movers/shakers of New York.

It was hard to be woman during that time, complicated by the many messages of what women should and could be. The story bogs down in places and can be a bit pretentious, but it does build an atmosphere of time. My favorite chapter was about her friendship with Muriel Sparks....I will have to finally read that book on my shelf by her...she sounds like a fascinating woman.
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