Sharon's Reviews > The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

The Receptionist by Janet Groth
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
1649933
's review
Sep 19, 2012

it was ok
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.
1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Receptionist.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.