Park Avenue Summer

This one is about Helen Gurley Brown, the first female EIC (editor in chief) of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Alice Weiss (an aspiring photographer, fresh from the Midwest) lands a job as her assistant – the perfect foot in the door! She’s not prepared for the craziness that ensues. The (mostly male) staff at Hearst is stuck in the past and determined to make Helen fail. Editors + writers are resigning left and right, takedown plans are put in place, but Helen somehow endures. This is light and fun but also a wonderful celebration of female ambition and friendship, with a side dish of steamy romance. I couldn’t put it down.