A Woman in Charge

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 Strong Medicine by Arthur Hailey), 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!

You Look Nice Today

By Stanley Bing

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"...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."

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The Tea Rose

By Jennifer Donnelly

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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.
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The Stars Shine Down

By Sidney Sheldon

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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.

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The House of Eliott

By Jean Marsh

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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.

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Strong Medicine

By Arthur Hailey

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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