National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award winner Jess Walter’s new novel, Beautiful Ruins, examines our contemporary obsession with celebrity. This epic tale spans 50 years, beginning in Italy with a young American actress in the legendary Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton behemoth Cleopatra.
Then, in 1957, 19 year old Janet Groth wanted to be a writer. Fresh from her Midwestern college, Groth interviewed at The New Yorker for a job, ending up as a receptionist, the position she held for the next 21 years. Her memoir, The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker, is an insider’s look in America’s most prestigious magazine. [Broadcast Date: July 17, 2012]
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