Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Simon & Schuster
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5.53 X 8.54 X 1.12 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author
Boris Kachka in the author of Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House. He is the Books Editor at New York magazine, where he has also been a writer covering books, theater, film, and other cultural industries and personalities for many years. He has also contributed to the New York Times, GQ, Elle, T, and Condé Nast Traveler. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.
A Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and IndieBound Bestseller

"Swashbuckling . . . Exhaustively researched and sometimes gossipy . . . Hothouse is the hot book that book people are talking about, and understandably so."--Maureen Corrigan "NPR"
"Gripping . . . [A] wonderful book . . . Hothouse is Pepys for our time, an unblinking account of publishing history as it was made by Roger's firm, the last of America's major independent publishing houses. Roger would have been thrilled to publish this fine book, including its frequent and deserved criticisms of himself."--Maureen Corrigan "Jason Epstein, The New York Review of Books"
Riveting . . . Stellar . . . A vivid narrative . . . Hothouse fits nicely on a shelf next to entertaining business books such as Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs or Michael Lewis' Moneyball.--Maureen Corrigan "Dallas Morning News"
"Valuable . . . [A] vigorous and often diverting trot through the history of an important cultural institution . . . No one has previously anatomized a publishing house in such depth . . . Farrar, Straus & Giroux, moreover, is well worth anatomizing. It's had a larger-than-life central character, an amusing cast of secondary characters, and a history replete with drama. Most important, it has maintained an amazingly consistent level of quality."--Robert Gottlieb "The New Yorker"
"Hothouse simmers with gossipy tales of publishing . . . and [is] blessed with real-life characters who could star in any sexy novel. . . . It's not a book just for intellectuals."--Robert Gottlieb "USA Today"
"Vivid . . . Witty . . . Immensely enjoyable . . . Kachka sets forth a strikingly unexpurgated history of FSG, impressively researched, rich in anecdotes and journalistically balanced."--Michael Dirda "The Washington Post"
Excellent . . . Hothouse is as engrossing as a biography of any major cultural icon.--Elissa Schappell "NPR"
"Hothouse is a thrilling look at the heyday of the publishing industry . . . [and] the man who, as Kachka points out, shaped the postwar intellectual tone in this country through the sheer dint of his brazenness and charm."--Elissa Schappell "Entertainment Weekly"
"Irresistible . . . Juicy history . . . A delectable story about the intersection of art, commerce, passion and personalities. . . . Hothouse feels like a party where you're surprised to discover that you know--and admire--most of the other guests."--Elissa Schappell "Los Angeles Times"
"What is it about literary types? Oh, the sex! Oh, the emotional drama! And, oh, what tremendous fun it all is to read about when we're in the hands of a writer who knows how to spin a savory tale. So it is with Boris Kachka's delectably gossipy Hothouse, a deeply researched, jam-packed, surprisingly hard-to-put-down history of the eminent publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux that escapes lit-nerd ghettoization by the sheer force of its storytelling. . . . Hothouse is a ripping read."--Laura Collins-Hughes "The Boston Globe"
"Colorful history . . . Hothouse isn't a management book; it's a narrative of large personalities at play. Yet out of it comes a clear account of how to thrive in a tough commercial environment. . . . Kachka tells the story of the house's 'class-mass' success in delicious detail."--Paul Elie "The Wall Street Journal"
"Dishy . . . Entertaining . . . [A] vivid account."--Mary Dearborn "The New Republic"
"A roaring chronicle . . . For anyone with a sweet tooth for the book world or a thought and a care for American culture after the Second World War, the book is a brightly lit, well-stocked candy store. . . . It's also a superb business story, revealing how an enterprise became an institution. . . . [An] essential book."--Matt Weiland "Bookforum"
"The truth about industry books is that they rarely interest those who live and breathe outside of the industry in question. In other words, people on the street rarely clamor for tours of the office buildings above them. The rare ability not only to lead the reader in, but induce him to want to stay and peer into the filing cabinets is what makes Boris Kachka's first book Hothouse something of a masterpiece of business biography. . . . The real success of Hothouse lies in its telling, and Kachka manages a commanding momentum through decades at full wingspan."--Matt Weiland "Interview"
"A rough-and-tumble, heroic tale . . . Kachka takes us back to the black-and-white era when good old-fashioned hard-covers stood unassailably at the very heart of the culture. . . . I loved reading the spiky, spicy evocation of the company's good old days."--Matt Weiland "Jonathan Galassi, New York magazine"
"Scintillating . . . Crammed with delicious anecdotes . . . [A] compulsively readable tale of the creation, triumphs and tribulations of Farrar, Straus and Giroux."--Julia M. Klein "The Forward"
"A juicy account of the postwar New York book world . . . Not your average beach read, Hothouse, out August 6, is one nonetheless--a Gossip Girl for those fascinated with the literary elite."--Julia M. Klein "Harper's Bazaar, Summer 2013 "Hot List""
"Farrar, Straus and Giroux is the Versailles of American publishing. . . . But every palace has its intrigue, as Kachka shows us in this lively, witty account. . . . The extramarital (and often intramural) affairs conducted by publisher Roger Straus in the 1960s and '70s were legendary--his wife called the company a 'sexual sewer'--but the entire office apparently would have made Don Draper blush. Kachka dishes up these cold cases piping hot, but his research reveals an equally fascinating business story: How do you balance fine art and filthy lucre?"--Julia M. Klein "Mark Athitakis, AARP Magazine"