• The Bob Edwards Show, Jess Walter and Janet Groth, July 17, 2012

  • By: Bob Edwards
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 07-17-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: XM Satellite Radio

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Publisher's Summary

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]

Listen to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
and The Receptionist by Janet Groth.

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