A Woman in Charge

A Woman of Substance

By Barbara Taylor Bradford

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A rags to riches story spanning sixty years, featuring a determined and indomitable woman who parlays a small shop into an international business empire.
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A Woman's Place

By Barbara Delinsky

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Claire is the modern superwoman: a perfect wife, mother and head of a multimillion dollar business. But her success has come with a price. Claire's income surpassed that of her husband, and now she is served with divorce papers and may lose custody of her children. This is the story of the fight for her children and her dignity.
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Adventures of the Artificial Woman

By Thomas Berger

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In this dark comedy, an animatronics technician cannot find his perfect woman, so he simply builds one. But perhaps she is too perfect: she runs off to pursue her own career, quickly evolving from a stripper to a movie star, with aspirations to the presidency of the United States.

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Big Girls Don't Cry

By Fay Weldon

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A satiric novel of four women, unhappy with their lives, who band together to form a feminist publishing house, and learn to wield corporate power as well as the best of the men.
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Can You Keep a Secret?

By Sophie Kinsella

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"With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. 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."

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Chocolat: A Novel

By Joanne Harris

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In a tiny French town where little has changed in the past century, newcomer Vianne Rocher arrives with her exquisite chocolate shop which immediately begins to play havoc with the villagers' Lenten vows. Each box of the bonbons comes with a free gift - Vianne's uncanny perceptions of its buyer's discontents and a clever cure for them. Is she a witch? Soon the parishioners no longer care as they abandon themselves to temptation with unforeseen results.

Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, and Johnny Depp star in this box office hit, released in 2000.

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Empire

By Gore Vidal

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At the turn of the 20th century, Caroline Sanford, a beautiful, ambitious newspaper owner, deals with the rich and powerful, including William Randolph Hearst, Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Whitneys.

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Heir Apparent

By Kate Coscarelli

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Romantic suspense with corporate intrigue and probate hassles. Lacey Haines expected to take over her father's California packaged foods company upon his death, but is surprised to learn that her younger brother is willed the reins. When her brother is murdered, Lacey suddenly finds she can trust no one.

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

By Terry McMillan

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Stella Payne, a 42-year-old divorced investment analyst, takes a vacation in Jamaica where she meets a Jamaican man half her age. Through this relationship, she soon realizes that she must confront her hopes and fears about love and about life and the way she lives it.

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Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, and Whoopi Goldberg star in this 1998 film adaptation. If you can't make it to the islands yourself, check out this movie for breathtaking Jamaican scenery with some self-discovery on the side.

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Maggie Darling: A Modern Romance

By James Howard Kunstler

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A contemporary comedy of romance follows the Martha Stewart-esque Maggie Darling as she builds her catering, book, and television dynasty amidst farcical personal tribulations, beginning with an unfaithful husband, bizarre affairs, and a college friend on the verge of Hollywood heartbreak.

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