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Park Avenue Summer

Park Avenue Summer, May 2019
by Renee Rosen

Berkley
Featuring: Alice; Helen Gurley Brown
368 pages
ISBN: 1101991143
EAN: 9781101991145
Kindle: B07G6PHSYT
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"Insightful and entertaining!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Park Avenue Summer
Renee Rosen

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted May 7, 2019

Women's Fiction Historical | Historical

As far as I know, have I never read a Cosmopolitan Magazine. It has never been my type of magazine to read. So why did I pick PARK AVENUE SUMMER to read? Well, I've wanted to read something by Renee Rosen for a while, I love reading historical fiction, and this book intrigued me. In this book, we get to know Cosmo's new editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown through young Alice Weiss who gets a job working as Helen's secretary. Alice dreams of becoming a photographer and this current position is just temporary. However, she quickly becomes very protective of Helen as lots of people work against her and her ideas. The question is, will Alice be able to fulfill her dreams one day?

One reason I enjoyed reading PARK AVENUE SUMMER was the fact that this was a bit of history that I didn't know anything about. We are so used to ideas that Helen Gurley Brown has for articles that it's fascinating to read about how she had to fight to make her first edition of Cosmo the way she wanted it. I can also say that this part of the book was the best, in my opinion. Alice Weiss' personal problem alas just couldn't reach that level of interest for me. To be perfectly honest, I wish we could have had some of the book from Helen's perspective. Alice Weiss may be the central character in this story, but Helen Gurley Brown steals the show every time she appears.

PARK AVENUE SUMMER it's a good novel. I liked the history lesson I got and perhaps one day I will even decide to read a Cosmo magazine.

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SUMMARY

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new editor-in-chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits…

New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.

Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed. While pressure mounts at the magazine and Alice struggles to make her way in New York, she quickly learns that in Helen Gurley Brown’s world, a woman can demand to have it all.


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