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Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée 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
Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Berkley
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Renee Rosen Hi Kathy,
Park Avenue Summer is a work of fiction based on fact. I did a lot of research, including talking to people who knew Helen Gurley Brown pers…more
Hi Kathy,
Park Avenue Summer is a work of fiction based on fact. I did a lot of research, including talking to people who knew Helen Gurley Brown personally. At the end of the book, I've included an author's note that states exactly where I've taken creative license. Let me know if you have further questions.
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Miranda Reads
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"I find it so funny that you're nervous about a woman editing a magazine for women."
Alice Weiss leaves the Midwest for the Big Apple - chasing the same dream as her mother, to become a photographer in New York.

Her mother's old best friend sets her up with a secretary job under Helen Gurley Brown - the first female editor of Cosmopolitian.

At first, everything is going aces for Alice.

It's the 1960s and she's in her mid-twenties, no strings and ready to branch out into the working wo
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

Thank you to the publisher Berkley / Penguin Publishing Group for providing an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

I love reading about the sixties and daily life in New York City, and knew next to nothing about Helen Gurley Brown- so took the plunge into reading this tome.

This is the story of a young woman named Alice Weiss who hails from Youngstown, Ohio, but was motivated to move to New York City, The year was 1965. Her mother Vivian died in a car accident eight years
HOT DAMN this book was simply BRILLIANT!!!

Renée 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 tells the story of the reconstruction of Cosmopolitan magazine, but also of the start of the sexual revolution in the 60s. As a girl who grew up in the 80s it is hard to believe how far we came in 20 years, I don’t thin
Susanne  Strong
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 - at least compared to the old Cosmo. Ms. Gurley Brown believes in the sexual revolution, in the idea of women being sexy and sexual, in women being free and getting exactly what they want, in and out of the bedroom. Her pl
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Park Avenue Summer Ali moves to New York City to pursue her dream of being a photographer. When she arrives, through the help of a family friend, she obtains a job as an assistant to Helen Gurley Brown, the new editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. It’s the 1960s and Helen is facing a ton of skepticism and pressure from the men over at Hearst, the magazine’s parent company. Helen is unwilling to cave to many of their demands as she works to create a new Cosmo, giving women what they really want.

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-tbr-3
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 heard about it, and I think it’s Rosen’s best book yet!

Alice Weiss leaves small town life in the Midwest to make her dreams happen in New York City. She winds up working for none other than Helen Gurley Brown, the first female ed
Holly  B
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

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 into the era.

The story spotlights Helen Gurley Brown and how she transformed Cosmopolitan magazine in 1965. She had to deal with a lot of males who didn't see her "vision" of the magazine. I learned some things about ho
Vibrant, inspiring, & empowering!

This was my very first RENEÉ 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 ones that is for sure.

PARK AVENUE SUMMER by RENEÉ ROSEN is a highly entertaining, delightful, captivating, and fascinating historical fiction novel that immediately drew me in and held my interest right to the very end. Lately, with
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 my day like they were here in this story. So when I got the chance at a complimentary copy of Park Avenue Summer. I jumped at it. I didn’t keep all those magazines and I wished that I had now. It would be fun to go bac ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Alice Weiss is an aspiring photographer looking for a job in New York City. She moved from Ohio hoping that a family connection would provide a job. With limited experience, Alice finds employment at Cosmopolitan magazine. Her new role is the secretary to Helen Gurley Brown who is their first woman editor in chief.

In the mid-1960s Helen Gurley Brown was hired to bring life to the failing magazine. Her progressive and sometimes racy ideas were questioned by her management team causing many of th
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 mid-60s and times are changing, particularly at Cosmopolitan, the failing magazine where Alice has landed a job. The new editor, Helen Gurley Brown has shocked everyone as the first female editor of the publication bu
Renee Rosen
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yep, I did it! I gave myself 5 stars. Cannot wait to share PARK AVENUE SUMMER with everyone starting tomorrow!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 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 Alice Weiss has just moved there from Youngstown, Ohio looking for a job. Thanks to a friend of Alice's deceased mother, Alice gets an interview to be the assistant for Helen Gurley Brown who has just become the new editor-in-chief
Stephanie Nicholas
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent historical fiction! I couldn't have loved a book more!

Alice Weiss leaves her home in a cozy little Midwestern town to pursue her dream of living in New York City and lands a job as the secretary of Helen Gurley Brown, who was actually the executive editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine for 32 years. The story takes place in 1965, right after Brown was brought on to the Hearst magazine to turn it around, and turn it around she did! This is a story about how tough the publishing world was for
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 love with the fictional Alice, but also love Helen, a woman who changed the way young women were able to think about their own bodies, empowerment, and relationships. An incredible novel!

Friends and long-time readers will
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[3+] An enjoyable, light read (perfect for the beach) set in the 1965 NYC magazine publishing world.
NYC, 1965. Helen Gurley Brown is hired as the first female Editor-in-Chief of a then failing Cosmopolitan Magazine. Helen is bold and with her outrageous ideas she is losing editor after editor. She is up against men set in their minds and used to deciding on what young ladies like to read. She tries to put an end to that up tight old fashioned mind set.

Alice Weiss arrives in NYC with a dream of becoming a professional photographer. Instead, through some connections, she lands a secretarial posi
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

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 working with Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of COSMOPOLITAN, a pretty scandalous magazine for the 1960’s.

We follow Alice as she works with and comforts Ms. Brown in the whirlwind office that Ms. Brown creates.

Ms. Rosen definitel
Kate Quinn
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Brown, who sees in Alice the quintessential young career woman who is her new target audience. Alice dreams of becoming a photographer, Helen dreams of blazing a trail in the men's club of the magazine world which is r ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fabulously captivating read for anyone that has ever picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Alice Weiss leaves her small Midwestern Ohio town to chase her big city dreams in New York City in 1965. Unexpectedly, she lands the job of a lifetime, working for the first female editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown. Alice begins her job just as editors and writers are walking out the door refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller, Sex and
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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: Alice Weiss (aka Ali) is a girl from Ohio with big city dreams of becoming a photographer and following after her mother and living in New York City. After her mother dies, a harsh break-up, and graduating college, Al
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I absolutely loved this! Full review to come with blog tour.

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 but just because it simply is written so well that you immediately get sucked into the very story itself and then before you know it, you are in love. In love with the characters, in love with the setting, in love with
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
4 ☆ I enjoyed reading about Helen Gurley Brown’s dedication, struggles and outside the box (cringe-worthy to some) thinking as the new Editor-in-Chief of the famed Cosmopolitan magazine. Back in 1965 women did not have many places to advance high-up in the working world. Enter small town girl Alice Weiss, hired as secretary to HGB and being pulled by others to sabotage her new boss. Park Avenue Summer is an all around fascinating story that gave me great insight into the challenges facing every ...more
Tina Woodbury
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 her dream in New York City. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she is a little fish in a big pond. After several interviews she is fortunate enough to get a job as a secretary to Helen Gurley Brown, the new edi
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4.5 Stars

I really loved this book. I've been obsessed with the 1960's since I was in high school. I just love how much society changed during that decade.

From me personally the Civil Rights movement was the most important movement of that decade but the Women's Liberation movement isn't far behind.

Helen Gurley Brown was an important figure in the white feminist movement. She was the editor
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
Light, feel-good, escapist historical fiction about Helen Gurley Brown starting Cosmopolitan Magazine and the obstacles she faced as told through her assistant, a woman in her twenties who moves to NYC from the Midwest.

Ahh! Got my NYC fix. Visited some old haunts and was reminded of what is was like to be young and starting a career in NYC. Though this book takes place 2 decades before my arrival it didn't make a difference in terms of the feeling of the city which is well described.

Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

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 this one! NYC in this era is also fascinating for me, so I had a strong feeling that this would be an amazing read for me and it was!

I imagine it would be really tricky and somewhat complicated to blend fact with ficti
Jamie Rosenblit
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars for my first Reneé 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 Cosmo into more of a guide for women to find their sexual side and along the way, Alice learns more about herself in this way and others. Exploring Alice’s family life as well as her life in New York City, Rosen creates a vivid
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 simply because I couldn’t put it down and read into the early hours. Grab a copy of this book, a martini and settle in for an amazing read!
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen. (2019).

It's 1965 and Alice is living in New York to chase her big city dreams. She dreams of being a photographer but lands a job as assistant to Helen, the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Editors and writers are resigning in response to Helen's plans for the magazines and someone attempts to get Alice to sabotage her boss. However that makes Alice even more determined to help
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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.
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