Aug 17, 2012
Two books, both with similar titles and with historical New York City settings, are getting a lot of buzz this summer.
"The first time Cora heard the name Louise Brooks, she was parked outside the Wichita Library in a Model-T Ford, waiting for the rain to stop." So opens Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone, a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both.
In the memoir The Receptionist, subtitled An Education at the New Yorker, Janet Groth describes her 21 years working at the famous magazine, from being interviewed by E.B. White in 1957 to anecdotes about many of the famous writers who passed her desk on a daily basis like Joseph Mitchell, Muriel Spark, Calvin Trillin and many more. And along the way, Groth was sorting out her own professional and romantic life while living in New York City. (Local connection: Groth graduated from the University of Minnesota!)