Renee Rosen: White Collar Girl



Age family and a career The price of ambition An unforgettable story of an ambitious woman s struggle to break into the male dominated newspaper world of the 50s bringing Chicago alive At the heart an underlying story of her brother s murder and reopening the investigation Justice In a time when newspapers played a huge role in the lives of millions of Americans from news stories to political scandals The world counted on the news media to uncover the truth The watchdog reporting the down and dirty of society The judges politicians lawyers and police officers to the corporate giants Jordan has people in her life some good and some bad Conflicting emotions she falls in love with fellow journalist Jack Casey threatened by her professional accomplishments Scott Trevor was the love of Jordan s life however she had had choose between a story and her loyalty in Operation K Marty Sinclair the Pulitzer Prize journalist is Jordan s hero at the beginning of the novel however as the story progresses he falls from grace In the Author s Note Outstanding she addresses history and scandals covered in the column White Collar Girl Many powerful stories controversies fraud corruption cover ups arrests corrupt judicial system robbery sprees politicians food administration and others rocking Chicago and the nation were covered from Operation Greylord the horsemeat scandal to the KennedyNixon election Love the title the story and the stunning cover White Collar Girl the name of the actual column written by Ruth McKay which ran in the Chicago Tribune during the 40s and 50s Enhancing our overall experience of the novel blending fact and fiction the author uses main characters editors reporters of fictional nature infused with many events covered in White Collar Girl based on actual news stories and political scandalsAn ongoing theme in White Collar Girl of course is women in the workplace and the challenges faced on a daily basis In some areas of the country and specific industries there is still a lingering problem even in today s society comparable to the 1950s particularly in the good ole boys South However many advantages in today s world Personal Note I can relate growing up in the 50s and 60s even in the South my mother was a strong career woman against a lot of odds and at one point as a child my mom was the main bread winner in the family when my father was temporarily laid off She continued to work long after my dad who took early retirement If ou grew up in the 50s and 60s ou will enjoy revisiting all the fun filled times and places such as sitting at the Woolworth s counter where my aunt took me so she could flirt with the men I recall as only esterday in the 6th grade school classroom the day Kennedy was shot when the teacher delivered the announcement with tear stained eyes Online versus Print The journalism and media world has drastically changed over the ears due to the digital age where the dirty laundry is out there due to social media and camera cell phones making it easy to capture videos and on the scene scandals Also the newspapers play less of a role as a watchdog As we compare the former world of print news media versus today s social world the author proposes some thought provoking discussion uestions Are we less informed about local national and world events due to the decline of newspapers or are we better informed due to the immediacy of social media Twitter web and cable news Each person will have an individual opinion however for me in today s world it is almost too over whelming Overkill You receive so many tweets news feeds Every Good Girl you only hit highlights everyone is on a fast paced life schedule Whereas in the older days of printou may spend uality time reading an article at A Sixpenny Christmas your leisure versus hundreds of postings coming atou at once Summary I loved Jordan s tenacity and at times confronted with moral issues bending the law to get a story in order to expose the truth using those opportunities to her advantage Rosen s passion and attention to details reflective through each page from page one to the epilogue She places Last of the Few you in the setting asou feel the vibrant energy of the newsroomUpcoming Book The Blues and Chess Records Bringing us to Rosen s next book all about The Blues and Chess Records and famous artists Chicago put on the map Howlin Wolf Muddy Waters Etta James There s the pretty marble Chicago there s the gritty Chicago I like being right here so I can see it touch it feel it says the author Based on the true story of Chess Records and the birth of the Blues as told through the eyes of a oung immigrant woman of Jewish Polish descent who helped bring the blues sound to Chicago and the world again to NAL in a two book deal for publication in Fall 2016 Now this will be a book not to be missed Cannot wait to see the cover reveal and read this one JDCMustReadBooks I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads I enjoyed this book I previously read her other book Dollface and loved it This book really highlighted how hard it was to be a female reporter in the male dominated newspaper world of the 1950 s One of my favorite characters was M I really liked how she changed and progressed throughout the book I also liked the name dropping particularly Simone de Beauvoir. Gren and Ernest Hemingway Jordan struggles to be taken seriously 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 But if she succeeds in landing her stories on the front page there’s no guarantee she’ll remain above the fold.

Look at 1950s Chicago where a oung female journalist struggles to be taken seriously in a world dominated by men until she finds a secret source in the mayor s office who might change it all A fun read I must say I m biased but I truly feel this is my strongest writing today and I m really proud of this book I hope others will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing Thanks DNF at page 208I can t do it any no no no The story was good at first but Jordan s romance with Jack Casey and his family soon set my teeth to grinding view spoilerYes it was the attitude of the times and all that but the family s and Jack s attitude toward Jordan sometimes had me wanting to repeat Hulk and Loki s scene from AvengersJack s mother assuming that Jordan would uit her job to keep house and have babies right away that I saw coming a mile away from the moment Jack said his parents were old fashioned and conservative How Jordan didn t see it coming when all the signs were thereI m all for respecting other s beliefs just don t try to shove Love Virtually your beliefs down my throat and look down on me because I believe differently thanou Miss Rosen wasn t doing that here but the vibes and words off both Mrs Caseys Our Island Guide yeah no If they had been my future in laws I would have shot my mouth off before my self restraint kicked in most likely spiritual but not religiousThe grandmother wasn t much better the Father was okayHonestly I think she was in love with the idea of Jack and his family than she was with him Her family falling apart after Eliot s death forced her to grow up fast as her parents fell into an emotional black hole and not talking about it didn t help anyone I think she just wanted to be taken care of and to feel safe and loved while I can t fault anyone for that in this case the red flags were a mile long and it felt like Jordan was intentionally not looking at all this because she wanted it to work out hide spoiler A special thankou to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review From the author of Dollface and What the Lady Wants Renee Rosen delivers the well researched and captivating WHITE COLLAR GIRL infused with glam scandal injustice and corruption with human emotions historical significance and real life events and people into the fabric of this exciting et tumultuous journalism world of Chicago in the 1950 s Historical fiction and journalism fans will devour Powerful Well plotted Absorbing The pains and joy The wins and the losses The sacrifices The raw passion the energy and adrenaline highs Jordan Walsh twenty one a journalism major ready to prove herself to the world a daughter of a journalist and a poet Using her name and background she is ready to tackle the world as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune It was time for her to carry on the family tradition Her father had been a war correspondent during WWII and before that during the Spanish Civil War working alongside Ernest Hemingway Her mother was the daughter of a newspaperman and during the war in Europe she took a job as a reporter at the CityNews Bureau Her parents were regarding as an intellectual literary couple Jordan wants to honor her brother Eliot who had worked at the newly formed Sun Times He was named after her mother s favorite poet TS Eliot poet dramatist literary critic and editor Some part of her motives for becoming a reporter is to dig up dirt on his mysterious death He believed in her He was a rising star at the paper when he was killed at age twenty five ears old A stand up comic and journalist A hit and run Accident or not Now it is up to her to live out that dream for the both of them A promise she had made at his funeral two Horn (Horn, years earlier At the time of his death he was working on a big story an expose and she always wondered if one had something to do with the other He was hit near the subway station in 1953 She knew she would not find peace until the person who killed her brother was caught and prosecuted Her anger is still raw However she soon learns the men who dominate the city room of the Chicago Tribune have no interest in making room for a female reporter Instead Jordan is relegated to society news weddings reporting on Marilyn Monroe sightings at the Pump Room and interviewing secretaries for the White Collar Girl column Walsh finds herself dealing with office politics sexist comments in a male dominated work chauvinist sexism the stealing of bylines injustice and prejudice in and out of the office How dare they treat her like some school girl stealing her bylines However she will let nothing stand in her way using every opportunity her intelligence and her strong drive and will to get her story and make a mark She uickly rises from the Chicago Tribune s society page to the city desk as she covers breaking news stories and scandals from dirty politics and crimeFrom the main characters to the array of secondary characters we get both sides of the coin from the strong aggressive and driven to the M a woman of the 50s supporting herself while looking for a husband and family Everyone has a path to their ultimate goal and many go about it a different way Covering a tenear period a female reporter in a man s world fighting against all odds in a time when woman were frowned upon for having a marri. T up 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 Instead Jordan is relegated to society news reporting on Marilyn Monroe sightings at the Pump Room and interviewing secretaries for the White Collar Girl columnEven with her journalistic legacy and connections to luminaries like Mike Royko Nelson Al.

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I sure love the cover The summary hinted at the stellar TV series Mad Men Too bad for me it is simply all window dressing on a novel which tried to sizzle with a female news reporter chasing a byline in 1950 s Chicago which had lots of interesting pertinent history of the era but just didn t manage to breathe lives worth caring about into White Collar Girl Missing was suspense tied to tracking down the facts and exploding news on the front page of the paper Love affairs were fraught affairs dribbling tepidly away such as when Jordan Walsh swore her love to a man when absolutely no chemistry had been created to make the possibility remotely credible Throughout the narrative trusty Jordan acted on hot tips from great sources and published تعلم jQuery فى 120 دقيقة years worth of important Chicago stories The horsemeat scandal sixears earlier that led to her brother Eliot s murder haunted Jordan and she intended to solve it I grew uite tired of horsemeat The drifting thoughts the passive inaction the burgers she never ate why couldn t she have chicken kept resurfacing so often so off plot I wanted nothing to do with a thread meant to unify the whole novel At the halfway mark I found myself skimming and noting how many pages I had left to go in the e book When OMG the horsemeat was STILL hanging around less than twenty pages from the end I knew that mystery would not end well Yawn If at all I do hate being so hard a book Author Renee Rosen wanted to give her novel grit and stature than it was able to carry it manages to be adeuately light fiction stacked with historical events Someone will enjoy it though as a little escape with no demands and a beautiful cover This book captures what it was like to be a journalist in the 50 s in Chicago without uestion one of the great newspaper towns At one time Chicago had 5 daily newspapers that competed with each other for breaking news investigative journalism and Chicago s past time POLITICS Renee Rosen has done a marvelous job of capturing the feel of working in a newsroom and I should know having worked at NBC5 CBS2 ABC7 FOX32 and WTTW as either an executive or as a director member of Directors Guild of America WHITE COLLAR GIRL chronicles the story of a Damian (The Caine Brothers young woman who has to crack that glass ceiling that relegated women in newsrooms to society news coverage at best and at worst nothing than news assistants to the men who had a lock on the big stories and the bylines Ifou want to know about Chicago s political history and how the machine politics of the Richard J Daley administration worked this book is for Driven by Desire you I highly recommend it eARC Netgalley35 starsThis promised to be a great book Set in the 1950 s an ambitiousoung woman is determined to succeed in the male dominanted smoke clouded alcohol soaked heyday of newspaper journalism The author did a great job of capturing the atmosphere of the newspaper bullpen but somehow it just didn t seem to come together as a cohesive story It almost felt like vignettes of journalistic life with the storyline of the novel taking a backseat to homages of actual news articles of the time Interesting peek into that era but ultimately left me wondering where the story was hiding White Collar Girl was a great reminder of why I often enjoy historical fiction stories When well done as in this case the time period the setting and the descriptions are fun to read about Jordan Walsh is a oung ambitious female reporter for The Chicago Tribune in the 1950s a time where journalism was dominated by men She gets assigned to covering high soci A family of journalists stolen bylines struggling women reporters in the 1950 s and ChicagoWHITE COLLAR GIRL takes us into the world of journalism and news reporting as we are introduced to the Walshes who are generation after generation of journalistsThe elder Walshes definitely have talent but a family tragedy ke eps them from continuing their careers The tragedy didn t stop Jordan Walsh though This tragedy kept her pushing ahead and wanting to break into having respect for women reportersJordan Walsh was one of the few female journalists on the staff at the Tribune and along with all of the women journalists was relegated to reporting and writing about weddings and fashion ButJordan wanted she wanted a big storyJordan got her story corruption in the mayor s officeas well as many big stories Being a woman though she had a tough time collecting information and being given credit as the journalist who did the research and wrote the articleMs Rosen definitely knows how to skillfully spin together fiction and history Her research and characters are always marvelous WHITE COLLAR GIRL is another terrific novel by Ms Rosen where she blends a fascinating story line with historical facts and historical as well as fictitious characters Ms Rosen also adds in love and life styles of the 1950 s Cigarettes hung from everyone s mouth both male and female and liuor flowed freelyI enjoyed WHITE COLLAR GIRL just as I enjoyed Ms Rosen s other two books Don t miss reading this book and her other books Historical fiction and women s fiction fans will not want this or any of her books to end 55 This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review I loved this vivid. 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 ambitionEvery second of every day something is happening There’s a story out there buried in the muck and Jordan Walsh coming from a family of esteemed reporters wants to be the one to dig

Renee is the bestselling author of historical fiction including PARK AVENUE SUMMER WHAT THE LADY WANTS WINDY CITY BLUES WHITE COLLAR GIRL and DOLLFACE as well as the YA novel EVERY CROOKED POT THE SOCIAL GRACES a novel of Alva Vanderbilt and Mrs Astor vying for control of New York society during the Gilded Age will be published in April 2021 from Penguin Random House Berkley Most peop