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StyleBistro Book Club 2014

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32. December 2014: Bethany Cantor, Style Editor
Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke ($20, from Harper Collins)

In my mind, thoughts of the 1950s conjure up images of girls in ponytails and poodle skirts, wholesome family dinners and sock hops around the juke box. In Her Brilliant Career, Rachel Cooke shines a light on what was really going on in the '50s—from the intense rationing of food to the fight for gender equality and the emergence of powerful female entrepreneurs. In a time when most women were confined to housework and homemaking, Cooke's unsung heroines were blazing new paths as chefs, archaeologists, film directors, editors and even race car drivers. Cooke chronicles the lives of these powerful women and in their honor, I've picked a power shoe to accompany the book. Stilettos experienced a huge resurgence in the 1950s and I imagine these stylish women could rock them with gravitas.

Ted Baker London Elvena Pump, $185, at Nordstrom