From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, filmmakers, actors, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, musicians, writers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage.
The Chelsea Girls: A Novel #ad - A red scare is sweeping across america, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics.
. Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, the complicated bonds of female friendship, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel. As the pressure builds to name names, their friendship, but also their livelihood, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, and even their freedom.
The Masterpiece: A NovelDutton #ad - But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression. And that even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come. But when virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay.
Though not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist, " fiery Clara is single-minded in her quest to achieve every creative success—even while juggling the affections of two very different men. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby.
In this captivating novel, fifty years apart, where two very different women, national bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. For most new yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design.
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For clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future.
The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A NovelDutton #ad - As her studies take her all over the city, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, birth control, and women's rights. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage—truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history.
Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. Soon, laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection.
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. In nationally bestselling author fiona davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.
The Dollhouse: A NovelDutton #ad - Enter the lush world of 1950s new york city, where a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors live side by side in the glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success in this debut novel from the national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls.
Rich both in twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down. People when she arrives at the famed barbizon hotel in 1952, self-conscious, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, homesick, secretarial school enrollment in hand, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse.
Yet as rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed. Yet when darby befriends esme, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, a Barbizon maid, and even the possibility of romance.
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Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten.
The Address: A NovelDutton #ad - So when melinda offers to let bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect theodore Camden, yet Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate; instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden's biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything.
And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else. And is living in the Dakota with his wife and three young children. One hundred years later, the former interior designer is homeless, jobless, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities: Fresh out of rehab, and penniless.
But a building with a history as rich, and often as tragic, as the Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers inside could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head. From the author of the dollhouse and the masterpiece comes the compelling national bestselling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, passion and madness, success and ruin, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.
The Address: A Novel #ad - When a chance encounter with theodore camden, leads to a job offer for Sara Smythe, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house the Dakota, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota.
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1924. Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, her musician neighbor, Ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.
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. Ella dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago.
All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz ParisWilliam Morrow #ad - On kit’s death, american lawyer Andrew “Drew” Bowdoin appears at her door. The widow. Raised by her indomitable, marguerite “daisy” villon remains in Paris with her daughter and husband, a Nazi collaborator, free-spirited American grandmother in the glamorous Hotel Ritz, after France falls to Hitler.
. When the germans move into their family’s ancestral estate, Aurelie discovers she knows the German Major’s aide de camp, using it as their headquarters, Maximilian Von Sternburg. Hired to find a resistance fighter turned traitor known as “La Fleur, ” the investigation has led to Kit Langford. But as daisy is drawn ever deeper into legrand’s underground network, committing increasingly audacious acts of resistance for the sake of the country—and the man—she holds dear, she uncovers a devastating secret.
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White Collar Girl: A NovelBerkley #ad - There’s a story out there buried in the muck, coming from a family of esteemed reporters, and Jordan Walsh, wants to be the one to dig it up. Every second of every day, something is happening. The latest novel from the bestselling author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants takes us deep into the tumultuous world of 1950s Chicago where a female journalist struggles with the heavy price of ambition.
. But it’s 1955, and the men who dominate the city room of the Chicago Tribune have no interest in making room for a female cub reporter. Of course, that all changes the moment she establishes a secret source inside Mayor Daley’s office and gets her hands on some confidential information. Now careers and lives are hanging on Jordan’s every word.
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Lady Clementine: A NovelSourcebooks Landmark #ad - With a historian's eye and a writer's heart, Benedict provides an unforgettable glimpse into the private world of a brilliant woman whose impact and influence on world events deserves to be acknowledged. Lynda cohen loigman, usa today author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters. Benedict stuns readers with a glorious assortment of clementine Churchill's most personal secrets: her scandalous childhood, her unexpected role as a social outsider, her maternal insecurities, and the daily struggles she faces to smooth her husband's political blunders and to keep up with his relentless demands for guidance and attention.
Lewis "in her latest novel, lady clementine, Marie Benedict has gifted us all with another thoughtful and illuminating behind-the-scenes look at one of history's most unusual and extraordinary women. Lady clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.
Lady Clementine: A Novel #ad - Also by marie benedict: the only woman in the room the Other Einstein Carnegie's MaidPraise for Lady Clementine:"Benedict is a true master at weaving the threads of the past into a compelling story for today. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband. In 1909, clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston.
Deftly moving from the early nineteen hundreds through World War II, Benedict skillfully paints a vivid picture of the times and life of Clementine, the remarkable woman who was the steady force beside Winston Churchill. Patti callahan henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs.
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. 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 a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown. Editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, article ideas, and confidential memos, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands.
Park Avenue Summer #ad - While pressure mounts at the magazine, alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept up into a glamorous world of five-star dinners, lavish parties, and men who are certainly no good. For alice, who wants to be a photographer, it seems like the perfect foot in the door, but nothing could have prepared her for the world she enters.
When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed. Because if helen gurley brown has taught her anything, it’s that a woman can demand to have it all.
Mistress of the Ritz: A NovelDell #ad - Intense, and ultimately inspiring!”—Elizabeth Letts, illuminating, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Dorothy . The auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other.
. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Until june 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. For in order to survive—and strike a blow against their Nazi “guests”—Blanche and Claude must spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.
Mistress of the Ritz: A Novel #ad - But one secret is shared between blanche and Claude alone—the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself. Based on true events, mistress of the ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.
Praise for mistress of the ritz“No one writes of the complexities of women’s lives and loves like Melanie Benjamin. In mistress of the Ritz, Benjamin brings wartime Paris brilliantly to life. One that entails even more secrets and lies. Scott fitzgerald, claude, and the duke and duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Coco Chanel, the hotel’s director.