White Collar Girl by Renée Rosen

Jordan Walsh, a journalism graduate, lands a job as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune.  Herindex goal is to cover local politics and to expose scandals in Mayor Daley’s Chicago.  However, in the 1950s, male reporters dominate the newsrooms, and Jordan’s job involves covering social events and celebrity sightings and writing such articles as “Gifts for Your Boss on His Birthday.”  While covering a wedding, she makes some contacts at the Police Department and City Hall and begins to move towards the meaningful career of her dreams.

When she becomes engaged to Jack Casey, a reporter from another publication, she discovers that marriage may conflict with her job.  Jack seems to resent her successes at work, and he and his parents assume that she’ll give up her career to become a typical 1950s wife and mother.

Also, Jordan and her parents are still grieving for her beloved brother, killed by a hit-and-run driver.  The police have never found the driver who hit him, and Jordan starts doing some investigating of her own.

For White Collar Girl, the author did a lot of research on Chicago history and on the newspaper world of the 1950s.  I enjoyed the details from that era, especially the brief appearances by real people, including Marilyn Monroe and Ann Landers.  Jordan’s personal life and professional achievements will keep readers turning pages!

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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