- Meg Raymond
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The Devil Wears Prada: "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."
If you enjoyed the The Devil Wears Prada you may like these titles:
Bad Heir Day by Wendly Holden.
Anna is a struggling novelist who is thrown for a loop when her bad-news (but oh-so handsome and wealthy) boyfriend kicks her to the curb. She ends up as a nanny for an eight year old who she is sure is Satan's pup.
Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes
This novel somehow humanizes those ultra-thin, ultra-trendy, spendaholic New Yorkers that we all love to hate.
The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith.
At Davis & Dash, a New York publishing powerhouse, five authors are slated to be "hot" in the coming year. But only one will be A Bestseller. An insider's look at the glamour, the glitz - and the grime and gaminess - of the book publishing biz.
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Emma meets a handsome stranger on a plane, and feels compelled to spill her guts and tell him every humiliating secret detail about her life. Strangers on a plane, right? Imagine her mortification on Monday morning when this man shows up at work as the elusive company Big Cheese.
Chore Whore: Adventures Of A Celebrity Personal Assistant by Heather Howard
After working thanklessly for a dozen celebrities at a time for nearly twenty years, Corki Brown has finally reached her breaking point...(M)undane tasks have suddenly morphed into the surreal, and when her ten-year-old-son starts exhibiting some very strange habits, the need for change becomes clear...Corki devises a plan of escape -- to save herself, her family, and, ultimately, her sanity. (summary)
Confessions Of a Prep School Mommy Handler: A Memoir by Wade Rouse
This title is non-fiction, but had to include it! When Wade Rouse-a rural, public school graduate who grew up more Hee Haw than Dynasty-was hired as the director of publicity at the prestigious Tate Academy, he quickly discovered his real job was to make a few of the very pretty, very rich, very mean mommies of the elite students happy. (summary)
Getting Over It by Anna Maxted
Charts the misadventures of Helen Bradshaw, a caustically charming twenty-something who isn't exactly living out her dreams. She's a lowly assistant editor at GirlTime magazine, drives an ancient Toyota, and has a history of choosing men who fall several thousand feet below acceptable boyfriend standard. Not to mention that she shares an apartment with a scruffy, tactless roommate, her best girlfriends are a little too perfect, and the most affectionate male in her life -- her cat, Fatboy -- occasionally pees in her underwear drawer. (from Amazon.com)
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
Cannie is absolutely when horrified when her ex-boyfriend chronicles their love life in a magazine article titled "Loving a Larger Woman." She's not sure which is worse - having her sex life exposed or her insecurities about her size and weight. A very funny read.
The Good Nanny by Benjamin Cheever
A searing black comedy about nannies and parents, publishing and prejudice, and the not-so-gentle art of ambition.
The Family on Beartown Road by Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt
"(The) tale of the year Cohen's life went to hell. One minute she was...lazing through her days as a rural-upstate New York reporter and nights in a secluded farmhouse with a loving husband and infant daughter; the next, her Alzheimer's-afflicted father had moved in, her husband had moved across the country to shack up with an 18-year-old, and winter buried the house in snow." (Kirkus Reviews)
If Looks Could Kill by Kate White.
Cat Jones is the editor of a glamorous woman's magazine and one of those Bosses From Hell. When her nanny drops dead (poisoned by some candy intended for Cat), investigative reporter Bailey Weggins is on the case.
Jemima J. by Jane Green
"Jemima Jones is overweight. About 98 pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima's only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change." (from Amazon.com)
The Key by Jennifer Sturman
Rachel often jokes about killing her ogre of a boss. But when he's murdered and she becomes the prime suspect, the jokes don't seem so funny. She has to find the real killer before she ends up in prison - and wearing those oh-so unflattering orange jumpsuits!
Liar's Club by Mary Karr
"Although Karr…survived a nightmarish childhood with a violent father and an alcoholic mother who married six times, she bears neither parent any animosity in this candid and humorous memoir." (Publisher’s Weekly)
Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
Three very different, very high-powered Manhattan career women. Three very different mid-life crises.
Love: A User's Guide by Clare Naylor
"Working for Vogue, Amy spends her days dressing waif models in London's latest apparel while fending off insults from the Gucci-garbed staff. Hardly the glamorous job she hoped it would be. But that won't stop her from fantasizing about the jet-set life she knows she's destined for -- or the prince who's bound to redeem her from a less than glowing record in romance." (from Amazon.com)
The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living by Martin Clark
Meet Evers Wheeling of Norton, North Carolina. A semidissolute judge, undistracted by children, hobbies, or a fulfilling marriage, he's moving down the road to nowhere at a furious clip - until the morning he's confronted by Ruth Esther English, an attractive young woman whose dim-witted brother happens to be up on drug charges.
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
... gritty and uproarious tale of a Brooklyn P.I. with problems: a dead boss, women trouble, and an uncontrollable case of Tourette's syndrome.
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Two former au pairs write a (probably! Hopefully! Mostly!) fictionalized account of what it's like caring for the offspring of the very wealthy in New York City.
Nothing to Fall Back On by Betsy Carter
This moving story reveals what it is like to be stripped bare, to wander through life alone, and to finally put yourself back together again.
Out of the Blue by Isabel Wolff
Faith Martin is a decidedly unglamorous celebrity weather forecaster with a long-term, comfortable marriage and settled-but-not-boring life. When her husband starts buying new suits, worrying about his appearance and working late, Faith doesn't think he's being unfaithful and that her life is about to be turned upside down.
The Pregnancy Test by Erin McCarthy
Ordinanly, I'm a fan of pink-lovely colour, does smashing things for the complexion. But not when it's the bright, glaring stripe staring back at me on the pregnancy test. Then, pink is the colour of major oops, of morning sickness, of boyfriends who seemed decent but now are part of some Jerk Witness Protection Program. Still, I've got a few things going for me-bitter humour, a divine right to eat till I'm the size of Marion Brando, and good friends who've managed to get me a job interview with one Damien Sharpton... (summary)
The Second Assistant by Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare
The subtitle says it all: "a tale from the bottom of the Hollywood ladder". A fun look at the dysfunctions of work, love and life on the Other Coast.
Straight Talking by Jane Green
One of the premier "Brit Chick Lit" authors. This was her debut title in England, and follows four 20-something "ladettes" through life and love and work and men.
You Look Nice Today by Stanley Bing
This title is in no way a romance, and isn't about a horrible boss. Instead, the boss is the nice, befuddled, pretty average Joe who tells a female employee "you look nice today", which starts a chain reaction and culminates into the career-wrecking maelstrom of sexual harassment claims.