Thanks to a successful interview with the painfully shy E.B. White, a beautiful, 19-year-old, blue-eyed blonde from the cornfields of Iowa lands a job as a receptionist at The New Yorker magazine. There she stays two decades, becoming general all-around factotum-watching and registering the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies of the eccentric inhabitants of the 18th floor. Though she dreamed of becoming a writer, she never advanced at the magazine. This memoir of a particular time and place is as much about why that was so as it is about Groth's fascinating relationships with John Berryman, Joseph Mitchell, Muriel Spark, as well as E.J. Kahn, Calvin Trillin, Renata Adler, Peter DeVries, Charles Addams, and many other New Yorker contributors and bohemian denizens of Greenwich Village in its heyday. Eventually, Groth would have to leave The New Yorker in order to find herself.
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"Judith West gets off on the wrong foot voicing Janet Groth's account of her two decades as a receptionist at THE NEW YORKER, and she never really recovers. West seems to have decided that since the magazine was full of ironic wits like James Thurber and E.B. White, Groth must be a sort of junior Auntie Mame. But she isn't. She met and was befriended by plenty of famous characters, and has names to drop and tales to tell. But her own interesting story, which this is, also has plenty of passages that are clear-eyed and painful as she slowly discovers what has kept a talented and very bright young person stuck at entry level for so long. West reads energetically but is miscast here. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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