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The Dallas Women's Guide to Gold-Digging with Pride: A Novel Hardcover – May 22, 2007

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Conklin's acidic debut takes on "master class husband-hunter[s]" prowling the Big D. Ex–New Yorker Jenny Barton, 29, works halfheartedly for the Wall Street Journal's Dallas bureau, recovering from her recent split from also-journo Rafe. Rafe has taken up with Meg, an aging, very wealthy, very nasty, very married Dallas woman—prompting Jenny to go native and catch a rich Texan. Lessons from relentlessly blonde paralegal and divorcée extraordinaire Aimee and friends follow, including an injunction for Jenny to hide her Jewish background from Baylor Jones, heir to a ranching dynasty. Tepid Texas quips ("That's a Texas girl, always thinking about appearances") mix uneasily with "geek chic" Jenny's sharper observations. (May)
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About the Author

J. C. Conklin is a former Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News reporter. Conklin is the co-author of Comeback Moms: How to Leave Work, Raise Children, and Jump-Start Your Career Even If You Haven’t Had a Job in Years, and the co-founder of the movie production company Texas Avenue Films. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Kim, her son, Columbus, and her two Papillions, Navette and Ruby. It was as a lowly writer in Dallas that she discovered the cutthroat world of husband-hunting. Never get in the way of a single woman turning thirty in Texas–you’ll have permanent scars.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345492943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345492944
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What's one to do when the biological clock is ticking away and one's beau has, to put it quite frankly, dumped you and gone on to a fashionably well-known and rich Dallas lady? Why, it's really quite simple - join the hunt!

So Jenny Barton at 29 years old moves to Dallas, Texas from New York, transferring her skills as a Wall Street Journal reporter to the south, along with her determination to wed soon and only out of the best Texas stock. Jenny's quickly assisted by Aimee, a paralegal who herself has been ditched for the same reasons as Jenny. So Aimee sets out to train Jenny, and we get to enjoy the romp.

Use the Internet and other sources to totally investigate one's selection, find a secret way to learn "his" every like and dislike, follow when necessary, and do all that before following one's heart and mind, the latter not necessarily required in carrying out the pre-nuptial plans to success and happiness!

J. C. Conklin has written a luscious, funny-to-the-bone, romp about the way romantic relationships evolve in Dallas, Texas in reality. The process is ludicrous and yet is something that will enthrall readers to the core. Doesn't everyone dream of marrying Prince or Princess Charming?

Though not the main highlights of the plot, the hidden Anti-Semite thinking still lurking in some of the South and what constitutes successful writing for one of the major American newspapers are scintillating subplots that add to the satirical side of this spoof on finding one's true love.

Jenny is a credible, funny and determined character who will hold your interest and under those crazy thoughts and dreams will touch your heart with her desire for what REALLY matters!

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on July 1, 2007
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carlylaster on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I confess that I don't want to be a woman in this book and I might not want to be friends with them (I could hang out with Jenny and Aimee) but I am fascinated by them. I've heard of women like this. I've suspected that some of the young women I see hanging on the arms of old men do this. Now I know. The book lets me peek at a world I would never see because I'm not a D cup with lipoed thighs.

It's frivilous. It's fun. It has an edge. The undertone of anti-semitism is cutting. Does that still happen in Texas?

I wouldn't characterize this as "chick lit." It has more layers than boy meets klutzy girl and antics ensue. I would call it a good summer read.

I confess this is the first review I've written. I have no idea if this is helpful. I was motivated to write it after reading the posts discussing what chick lit is and if this is chick lit. I can say with certainity it's not. It's more than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on June 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Dallas Women's Guide to Gold-Digging with Pride is the funniest book I've read in awhile. My favorite part is how author, J.C. Conklin, inserts Southern sayings and translates them, they cracked me up! I definitely wouldn't want to be one of these women, but they're very entertaining to read about. Texas gold digging at it's finest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarabella VINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up because it was based in Dallas, where I currently live. While it was certainly readable and had some really funny parts, overall, I didn't love it.

The good: overall well written and easy to read through; the authors use of Southern colloquialisms was fun; if intended as satire, not bad

The bad: predicatable; some rather unlikable characters- who are also a bit TOO much of chariactures; rather boring at times.

Although I am sure many of these women exist, I definately thought some was just a bit too much. Also, I would've liked a little more accurate portrayal of some of the Dallas places/landmarks. I realize this is simply the pet peeve of someone who actually lives in Dallas, but the passage that takes place in Breadwinners drove me crazy. I have been to many brunches there (both locations) and never seen this parade of fashionistas described in the book. I might have gotten a kick out of the whole scenario, but if you're going to tell of such an event, either pick a place where it would actually happen or make someplace up entirely. Just a thought!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana Hughes on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after the Dallas Morning News did a glowing review and the paper was right it's great. Read it for yourself below

"The Dallas Women's Guide to Gold-Digging With Pride is one of those books that I might spy at the bookstore, flinch slightly and wander away - only to covertly grab it later, then hide behind a stack of something more serious, Khaled Hosseini's latest, perhaps, or that new one by Ian McEwan, to check it out.

Embarrassed or not, however, I would feel compelled to pick it up. It's so, well, gaudy in an irresistible sort of way, with its bright fuchsia cover adorned with a pair of Neiman's-worthy cowboy boots. And then there's that title, for heaven's sake, which sounds like something a nonfiction writer would dream up to get a spot on Oprah.

Thankfully, Gold-Digging With Pride turns out to be fiction, although it seems certain that Austin-based author J.C. Conklin, a former reporter for The Dallas Morning News and the local bureau of The Wall Street Journal, has done quite a bit of local research. Another bit of good news: The flamboyant allure of the cover is thoroughly reflected in the actual contents.

The heroine, Jenny Barton, also a reporter, comes to Dallas from New York City. It's her first time to live below the Mason-Dixon line, and she gamely tries to fit into a designer-obsessed city while covering Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney on the retail beat. "Did I mention that I get all the irregular T-shirts I want?" she asks, looking in vain for the lemonade.

Her love life's in lemon territory, as well. After a series of heartbreaks, she finally gives in to the ministrations of her best friend, Aimee, a paralegal who "looks like a Miss America contestant" and treats marriage as a business investment.
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