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This section is intended to highlight books that various staff members have read and enjoyed. As everyone has different tastes, the books reviewed here will reflect that diversity. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Overnight Socialite

by Bridie Clark

This is a very entertaining retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (or My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, if you prefer the movie version). Lucy Ellis (Clark’s Eliza Doolittle), a small town girl from the Midwest who moved to New York City with dreams of hitting it big in fashion, has hit rock bottom. Enter Wyatt Hayes IV (in the role of Henry Higgins). Wyatt, rich, handsome and discontented with his life, lives among the super elite of New York and also holds a Ph.D from Harvard in anthropology. He bets his best friend that he can take an ordinary woman and turn her into this year’s “It” girl in Manhattan’s highest circles without anyone guessing her background. He also intends to revive his career by publishing a book based on the experiment; however, he neglects to tell Lucy about this part of the project. In return for her participation, Wyatt offers Lucy exposure to the upper echelons of the fashion world. Lucy’s nemesis is Wyatt’s very shallow and ambitious ex-girlfriend, Cornelia, the New York elite’s current queen.

From here, the plot loosely follows Pygmalion. If you are familiar with the play, it is entertaining to read this very clever updated version. If you have never read the play, or seen the movie, it is still a very good story and offers a view into the exclusive world of New York City’s elite.

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