In Shops Now
This is the semi-autobiographical debut novel of Sally Koslow, the former editor of McCalls, who lost her job to everyone’s favorite lesbian, when Rosie O’Donnell was brought in to “revamp” the magazine. This book should be called “The Devil Wears Prada: Part Deux.” In this version, the plucky young assistant has finally clawed her way to become Editor-In-Chief. Magnolia Gold helms “Lady” magazine, a classic rag a la Good Housekeeping or Redbook. She dodges an arrogant CEO and a self-promoting publisher who are out to undermine her efforts to modernize the magazine. To boost sales, the suits bring in the brash and ballsy actress and tv host Bebe Blake. Bebe destroys the magazine as Magnolia is moved to a series of smaller and smaller offices until she is finally fired. There are some awkward love scenes and more than a few pages devoted to gossip, shoes and man candy, but after all, it is chick-lit. It is a little slow to start, but it gets quite interesting when Magnolia puts down the Ben and Jerry’s, takes off the sweat pants and decides to stick it to the man. It just goes to show you, no matter how high you climb you still have to put up with a whole lotta’ crap.