CRRL Picks: Women in Charge
Annotation:"...updates the Pygmalion myth with this witty, dark comedy: instead of a lovely Galatea, the protagonist's manufactured dream girl becomes a Frankenstein's monster through her ambition." - Publishers Weekly
Annotation:In his will, Samantha Collins' grandfather bequeaths the management of Collins Industry to her, causing more than a bit of ill will among other family members. But this unease is nothing compared to Samantha's shock when her grandfather also decreed that Dillion Montgomery, a man her grandfather fired years ago, help her run the company.
Annotation:Dive shop manager Marina Hernandez is carrying a heavy load as she tries to save the family business. On one shoulder rides a bucket of red ink. On the other, her father's age-old cultural belief that women belong in the kitchen. Now that a cutthroat competitor has pushed her to the brink of bankruptcy, any chance she'll ever win her father's respect is fading fast. The last thing she can afford right now is the complication of a tempting man.
Annotation:Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger. But come Monday morning, Emma's office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company's elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn't possibly get worse--Until they do.
Annotation:"Gorgeous, successful executive Teri Stewart spends her days working for L.A.'s hottest record company--and her nights all alone. Her best friend Nicole is determined to find Teri a man, but she hasn't had much luck-- because Teri wants more than Mr. Maybe. She's holding out for Mr. Right and won't settle for anything less. Just when Teri is ready to give up, a man from her past returns to reignite their romance. With his sultry smile and easy-going charm, radio DJ Harrison Starr is one-of-a kind--and Teri can't deny she's fallen hard for him again. With her life finally falling into place, Teri thinks her dreams might come true after all. But Harrison may have a secret that could change everything--"
Annotation:When her clients and carefully built career as a literary agent are threatened by a would-be writer who has engaged in a stalker-like campaign of malice, Jo Donovan goes to the police and confronts her former flame, NYPD detective Tommy Cullen.
Annotation:Here we meet Andrea Sachs, a recent Ivy League graduate hoping to break into the magazine business, with her ultimate goal being a job at the New Yorker. She accepts an entry-level position at Runway as personal assistant to the editor, Miranda Priestley (rumored to be based on Vogue's Anna Wintour). However, her new job has nothing to do with writing or editing, and everything to do with predicting and fulfilling every outrageous whim her prima donna boss might have. While the job makes incredible demands on Sachs' personal life, the perks are undeniable: rubbing elbows with celebrities, being outfitted in designer clothes, and jetting off to Paris for fashion shows. - Booklist
Annotation:Judith Find, a powerful business executive, finds herself helpless in the face of a kidnapper's demands. Luke Becker is her reluctant ally in rescuing the victim. And eight-year-old Abel, the victim, is about to become their remarkable guide to freedom from the secrets that have dogged them both.
Annotation:"... this novel focuses on best friends and business partners Gayle and Pat, who really do keep on tryin' as they struggle with issues like infidelity, domestic violence, illegitimacy, and an eating disorder." - Library Journal
Annotation:She's the goddess of hearth and home, America's millionaire media maven of domesticity, Connecticut's most dazzling hostess, and everything in her world must be perfect--except that Maggie Darling's enviable life has suddenly gone off the rails.
Annotation:This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.
Annotation:Having missed much of her children's lives while she built a home-furnishings empire, Olivia Grayson arranges a family vacation in the Mediterranean in the hopes of rekindling ties only to confront painful interpersonal dynamics and unexpected revelations.
Annotation:An old-fashioned story set in the 1880s, in which a poor girl from the wrong side of the Thames endures the destruction of her family and a love lost, to end up making a fortune in the tea trade in New York and returning to London to settle old scores.
Annotation:Allie Bowen has a plum job at Heaven, a wonderland of vice that is Las Vegas's hottest casino and the most profitable hotel in the world. Enshrouded in man-made clouds, Heaven is the kind of place where the security guards hide their Glocks beneath white robes and wings. As vice president of public relations, Allie glides easily from bribing nosy news teams with Cher tickets to comping disgruntled guests with visits to all-you-can-eat buffets. To top it all off, Allie is dating the handsome and ambitious Christian Sacco, a successful casino executive with his eye on the president's office. Christian may not be perfect, but he's much more of a go-getter than Allie's ex-husband, an out-of-work, nice guy/terrible magician named Barry Houdini. Little does Allie know that Christian has a ruthless streak, and he has concocted a plot to rip off the casino.
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These are not women simply IN the workplace, these are women in CHARGE of the workplace. Sometimes the situations are funny (see the chick lit by Sophie Kinsella), sometimes deadly, mortally, serious (try Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan), or perhaps from a time long ago (like the historical saga, The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly), or from a fantasy of the future (Adventures of the Artificial Woman). But they all have this in common: strong women who can bring home the bacon!