A Woman in Charge

Barbara Taylor Bradford
A rags to riches story spanning sixty years, featuring a determined and indomitable woman who parlays a small shop into an international business empire.
Barbara Delinsky
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.
Thomas Berger

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.

Fay Weldon
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.
Sophie Kinsella

"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."

Joanne Harris

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.

Gore Vidal

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.

Kate Coscarelli

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.

Terry McMillan

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.

On Film:
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.

James Howard Kunstler

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.

Arthur Hailey

As Celia Jordan's fast-track career sweeps her into the highest circles of an international drug company, she begins to discover the sins and secrets hidden in the research lab...and in the marketplace. Now the company's powerful new drug promises a breakthrough in treating a deadly disease. But Celia Jordan knows it may deliver a nightmare.

Jean Marsh

Two genteel sisters in 1920s London, finding that they are suddenly destitute, defy societal norms by seeking work. They build a fashionable dressmaking business against the backdrop of a ritzy, jazzy, high society London.  Also available as a BBC production.

Alexander McCall Smith

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.

Sidney Sheldon

In a dazzling global setting from London to New York, Reno to Rome, one woman will find everything she has won--her fortune, her fame, the man she loves--shockingly endangered by a secret with the devastating power to destroy her.

Jennifer Donnelly
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.
Stanley Bing

"...a brilliant tale about life inside the corporation; how easily such a life can unravel; and whether coming apart is really such a bad thing after all. Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in charge of Total Quality, a position that confers upon him great powers and a ridiculous expense account. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. CaroleAnne has always brought something a little offbeat to the workplace, but as anyone at the company will tell you, she is also gorgeous, appealing, and a top-notch office manager.

"As observed by our affable, eagle-eyed narrator, Fred Tell, Harb and CaroleAnne develop a relationship that's as affectionate as it is professional. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, Harb begins to lose traction in the hierarchy, and suddenly, both he and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation. And at the center of the investigation, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb."