Synopses & Reviews
A national bestseller, andlt;Iandgt;Hothouseandlt;/Iandgt; is a and#8220;wonderfuland#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;New York Review of Booksandlt;/Iandgt;), and#8220;valuableand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/Iandgt;), cultural history, and#8220;a ripping read about the eminent publishing house Farrar, Straus and Girouxand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The Boston Globeandlt;/Iandgt;).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Farrar, Straus and Giroux is arguably the most influential publishing house of the modern era. Home to an unrivaled twenty-five Nobel Prize winners and generation-defining authors like Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, and Jonathan Franzen, itand#8217;s a cultural institution whose importance approaches that of andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt;. But FSG is no ivory towerand#8212;and its untold story is as engrossing as many of the great novels it has published.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Boris Kachka reveals the era and the city that built FSG through the stories of two men: founder-owner Roger Straus, the black sheep of his German-Jewish family, and the reticent, closeted editor Robert Giroux, who rose from working-class New Jersey to discover the novelists and poets who helped define American culture. Giroux became one of T.S. Eliotand#8217;s best friends and played caretaker to manic-depressive geniuses like Robert Lowell, John Berryman, and Jack Kerouac. Straus, the showman, made Susan Sontag a star, kept Edmund Wilson out of prison, and turned Isaac Bashevis Singer into a Nobelist.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;After giving us a fresh perspective on the postwar authors we thought we knew, Kachka exposes how elite publishing works today. He gets inside the editorial meetings where writersand#8217; fates are decided; he captures the adrenaline rush of bidding wars for top talent; and he lifts the lid on the high-stakes pursuit of that rarest commodity, public attentionand#8212;including a fly-on-the-wall account of the confrontation between Oprah Winfrey and Jonathan Franzen.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Hothouseandlt;/Iandgt; is the product of five years of research and nearly 200 interviews by a veteran andlt;Iandgt;New Yorkandlt;/Iandgt; magazine writer. It shares and#8220;a thrilling look at the heyday of the publishing industryand#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Entertainment Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;) and illuminates the vital intellectual center of the American Century.
About the Author
Boris Kachkaandlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;is a contributing editor for andlt;iandgt;New Yorkandlt;/iandgt; magazine, where he has written and edited pieces on literature, publishing, and theater for more than a decade. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.