Park Avenue Summer

Park Avenue Summer

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Rene Rosen draws readers into the glamour of 1965 New York City and Cosmopolitan Magazine, where a brazen new Editor-in-Chief--Helen Gurley Brown--shocks America by daring to talk to women about all things off limits... New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss who leaves her small Midwestern town to Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Rene Rosen draws readers into the glamour of 1965 New York City and Cosmopo...

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Title:Park Avenue Summer
Author:Renee Rosen
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Park Avenue Summer
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Park Avenue Summer Reviews

  • Tammy
    Apr 20, 2019
    Park Avenue Summer is a fascinating glimpse into the early days of Cosmopolitan magazine(as we know it!) and it?s first female editor, Helen Gurley Brown. Rene Rosen?s research is always evident in her books but her work shines through in this novel! I lost sleep over this book sim...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 19, 2019
    Park Avenue Summer is about how Helen Gurley Brown, author of Sex and the Single Girl, swooped into Cosmopolitan magazine as its new editor in 1965, making pivotal changes that forever altered both the magazine and its readers. Never before had sex been discussed so brazenly and that f...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Apr 25, 2019
    As far as I know, have I never read a Cosmopolitan Magazine. It has never been my type of magazine to read. So why did I pick PARK AVENUE SUMMER to read? Well, I've wanted to read something by Renee Rosen for a while, I love reading historical fiction, and this book intrigued me. In th...
  • Amy
    Feb 01, 2019
    You'll never look at a NYC newsstand the same way again! Fabulous read. Sassy, Interesting, Emotional. Since it's hist fic I knew generally what what would happen to Helen Gurley Brown and Cosmo, yet thanks to Rosen's spot on storytelling I was holding my breath. Don't miss this ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Mar 29, 2019
    Living in New York City had always been a dream of Alice?s mother, and Alice decided that is where she wanted to be so she could fulfill her mother?s dream. When Alice arrives, she finds New York as glamorous and frightening as she thought it would be, and she finds a job wo...
  • Kate Quinn
    Feb 14, 2019
    A book I was very happy to read for a cover quote, because Renee Rosen is my go-to for whip-smart heroines who love their work. Her latest is small-town girl Alice who arrives in New York in the glittering '60s and lands a job for Cosmopolitan's razor-sharp new editor Helen Gurley Brow...
  • Jamie
    Apr 11, 2019
    4.5 stars for my first Rene Rosen book - which also has me asking myself ?why did I wait so long to check out this wonderful writer?? Set in 1965 at Cosmopolitan magazine under editor Helen Gurley Brown, we meet young Alice, Helen?s assistant. Brown is determined to turn Co...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Mar 13, 2019
    I absolutely loved this! Full review to come with blog tour. *EDITED TO ADD REVIEW* Once in awhile you come across a premises that you just know you have to experience for yourself. You pick up a book and you just instantly connect. Not because of the characters or even the setting...
  • Susanne  Strong
    May 14, 2019
    4 Stars. Passion. Desire. Dedication. Hard work. In my opinion, these are the four words that describe Helen Gurley Brown perfectly. The year is 1965. Helen Gurley Brown becomes Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Ms. Gurley Brown?s ideas for the magazine are outlandish...
  • Pam Jenoff
    Jan 18, 2019
    This wonderful book, out April 30, tells of Alice Weiss, a young woman from the midwest who move to NYC in the 1960s and finds herself working for Cosmopolitan's first female editor-in-chief, Helen Gurley Brown. Rosen puts you right in the middle of the scandal and subterfuge and you w...
  • Renee Rosen
    Apr 29, 2019
    Yep, I did it! I gave myself 5 stars. Cannot wait to share PARK AVENUE SUMMER with everyone starting tomorrow! ...
  • Tina Woodbury
    Mar 15, 2019
    This book is a captivating look at an amazing woman and a turning point in history that would eventually revolutionize women?s magazines everywhere. Alice has a dream of becoming a photographer. Everyone back home in Ohio loves her photographs, so she thinks she is ready to chase ...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    Apr 29, 2019
    ????? / 5 (4.5/5) Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen is described as Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada, and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree. As a lover of both of them, I could definitely see them both in this book. What it's about: It is New York in 1965 and Ali...
  • Jaksen
    Jan 12, 2019
    A captivating and enlightening look into the stunning late sixties - especially 1965 - when so much so much so much changed. How would anyone born after 1965 or so know that? They might not. But the before-1965 years and the after-1965 years were like NIGHT and DAY. This book shows ...
  • Kelley
    Feb 15, 2019
    Novel received courtesy of Berkley Publishing I adore this novel! "Park Avenue Summer" tells the story of Helen Gurley Brown's first few months at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. I was born in the summer of 1965, the exact time in which this novel is set. I had no idea before who Helen Gur...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Apr 21, 2019
    I couldn't wait until my mom's Cosmopolitan magazine showed up in the mailbox every month when I was a teenager, and I always hoped that I'd get to it before she did. It was so much more fascinating than Seventeen magazine, and I read it for two decades. Oh yes, I was a longtime Cosmo ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 25, 2019
    3.5 stars I loved The Devil Wears Prada, both book and movie, so when I saw this book was being described as falling into the same vein, well, I knew I needed to read this. I tend to gravitate towards darker, psychological books, but I do love women?s literature and like to mix it...
  • Linda Zagon
    Mar 29, 2019
    Renee Rosen, Author of "Park Avenue Summer" has written an intriguing, captivating, enlightening and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. The time-line of this story is 1965, and takes place in New York City. The author describes her ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Apr 30, 2019
    Ok, pussycats! I was definitely a Cosmo girl back in the day and I couldn?t wait for every new edition of the magazine and never missed one. I had stacks of magazines that I kept for years. I read it from cover to cover and loved those very brazen articles which weren?t so back in ...
  • Amy
    Apr 30, 2019
    4.5/5 I used to be obsessed with Cosmo, I had a subscription for years and one of the best days every month was always when a copy showed up in my mailbox, so when I found out Park Avenue Summer focused on the woman who gave Cosmo a makeover in the sixties I was super excited about ...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    Apr 16, 2018
    A timely behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous and cutthroat world of Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1960s, Park Avenue Summer is a smart and sexy homage to Helen Gurley Brown and her ?girls??a generation of women taking New York City by storm and inspiring those who came after t...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Jan 28, 2019
    Fascinating look at 1965 Cosmopolitan at the helm of newly-appointed editor Helen Gurley Brown through the eyes of Alice, an idealistic secretary with dreams of becoming a photographer. At the heart of the story, self-determination, motivation, and gall lay at its front door. Given the...
  • Colleen Oakley
    May 31, 2018
    I was lucky to get a early look at this one?it was fantastic! Such a fun insider look at Helen Gurley Brown's first year at Cosmo, when she turned it into a household name, told from the point of view of her assistant. If you love Mad Men, and everything 1960s New York, don't miss ...
  • Mackey
    Apr 24, 2019
    Park Avenue Summer is a walk back in time to an era when women were just emerging from the sexual dark ages into a generation of power, opportunities and revolution. Alice Weiss has left her small, midwestern town in search of big dreams and opportunities in New York City. It's the...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 30, 2019
    Park Avenue Summer is Renee Rosen?s best yet! ? ? ? ? ? I?m a big fan of Renee Rosen. She writes wonderful historicals with strong female characters, and I completely fall into the stories. I have been waiting for Park Avenue Summer to be on my shelf since I first hea...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Apr 29, 2019
    HOT DAMN this book was simply BRILLIANT!!! Rene Rosen has written one heck of a book that is being immediately added to my favorites shelf! When I was a girl in my late teens and my 20s I never missed an issue of Cosmo it was hands-down my favorite magazine. This book not only ...
  • Holly  B
    Apr 07, 2019
    3.5 STARS This was an interesting story that reminded me of a Netflix series I watch, Mad Men. The era when men seemed to be able to get away with pretty much anything, including office affairs and the sexism that was prevalent. Renee Rosen has a writing style that pulled me right i...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Apr 28, 2019
    Vibrant, inspiring, & empowering! This was my very first RENE ROSEN book and just let me tell you it just had me asking myself, ?Uhm, how come I haven?t read any of this author's books before?? I am definitely going to be checking out her other books, past and future one...
  • Whitney
    May 29, 2019
    Overall: An absorbing and fun novel filled with passion, desire, hard-work, and lots of delicious NYC food and cocktails. Follows the early career of Helen Gurley Brown as Cosmopolitan's editor in chief and is a perfect beach read along with a nice cocktail. 3.5/5 or 6.5/10 Summary:...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    May 14, 2019
    One of the best books I?ve read in 2019, I absolutely was captivated by Alice?s story about her summer in New York for Helen Gurley Brown! With a blend of historical fiction built around historical fact, Renee Rosen crafted a compelling story that allowed me to not only fall in lov...