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Janet Groth on Being a 'Receptionist'

Former secretary turned author reveals lush life at 'The New Yorker' in the 1950s

Janet Groth has a new book out, The Receptionist. For the radio book review.

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Janet Groth's "The Receptionist" is a tell-all about her career at "The New Yorker."

Janet Groth's typing skills weren't up to par when the slim blonde moved from the Midwest to Manhattan in 1957, but she managed to land a receptionist job at The New Yorker. Educated and liberated, she never realized her dreams of becoming a novelist.

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But in her new memoir, The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker, she recounts how she was pursued, wined and dined by famous men of all ages while working at the magazine.

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