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The Receptionist by Janet Groth
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Sep 19, 12

bookshelves: algonquin
Read from September 16 to 19, 2012 — I own a copy

This book was something of a disappointment. Less of life at the magazine, and more of the New York art-and-intellect scene in the 60s which the magazine fed off of. Bits of this are interesting and colorful, but the author's tone is self-congratulatory. And she makes occasionally references to her own mental hang-ups and failure to be anything more than a pretty blonde; yet, for most of the book, she seems to very much enjoy the attention and benefits of being a pretty blonde, and does little to investigate her own interior life until a too-late and told-not-shown chapter about her life growing up on the plains of Minnesota and Iowa. This is the best chapter in content and writing, but it is not well-integrated with her NYC tales, and does little to interest the reader in the author as more than a shallow observer.
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