Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

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You couldn’t cover up the smell of new money

At 26 years old, Evelyn Beegan is a late-blooming New York City society girl.  Raised outside of Baltimore by a self-made wealthy family, Evelyn climbed her way up the social ladder through Prep schools, Country Clubs and Ivy League acquaintances and made it to the big city.  But climbing the social ladder is a dirty business, and Evelyn soon discovers a Wharton-esque world of social responsibilities and anxieties she never could have anticipated.  From sailing etiquette and debutante balls to the art of the subtle insult, Evelyn in too deep with shallow pockets.

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The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

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Where is that pretty girl I once knew?

Blame F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  Because of its recent resurgence by way of a blockbuster Hollywood adaptation you may just find yourself jonesing for another fix from 1920s prohibition America.  In theory this one does contains all the elements you crave: a big city setting, some strong sexual tension, adventures in blind tigers, and a healthy dose of strange, alluring women.  The reality however, is that for all of its potential, the story never quite rises beyond the cursory.

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Truth in Advertising by John Kenney

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There’s a mounting discontent

Go for a walk.  Take a drive.  Ride the train.  Turn on your television.  Flip through a magazine.  Sift through today’s mail.  Play a video game.  Surf the web.  Stream a video.

No matter what you do.  No matter where you are.  You simply cannot escape advertising.  It’s estimated that on average each one of us is exposed to over 3,000 ads per day.[1]  That staggering number only continues to grow as marketing firms and advertising agencies continue to look for new and clever ways to reach their target demographics.  Luckily for us, we tend to filter out a large portion of what we’re exposed to because very little of it actually makes any sense.

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