Rumors spread by a competitor she is offered better territory as a way of making amends territory as a *way of making amends cries briefly while telling her boss For Heaven s sake stop patting me on *of making amends cries briefly while telling her boss For Heaven s sake stop patting me on head I wish I could have given this one 35 stars but it was a fun read overall so I ll err on the side of generosity Interesting to read these early strong woman stories that freuently walk a fine line between emerging feminist thought and adherence to or perhaps nostalgia for traditional malefemale roles What a treat I will be searching for Edna Ferber s stories of Mrs McChesney What an amazing womanWhen Emma McChesney aimed to get things out of the way she did not use a shovel she used a road drag I love Edna Ferber Maybe old fashioned sometimes but funny witty and fast moving always These stories follow Emma McChesney through a period in her life as a divorced mother making a career for herself as a traveling sales rep of a petticoat company back in the day when traveling was a career for men only I ve read other stories about Emma McChesney so I was familiar with her and the other characters and I know how their lives will eventually unfold But that did not take away the fun of reading these stories learning about our friend Emma McChesney and her approach to life One thing I noticed in this collection than I have in other Ferber collections Any time she mentions Emma McChesney it is by stating her full name Even Emma McChesney s dearest friend calls her Emma McChesney I do wonder why that seemed necessarymaybe Ferber ust liked the sound of the name who knows It doesn t distract but I did notice itand will watch for it in other works Does Ferber do the same for other heroines or is it only Emma McChesney who gets the Emma McChesney treatment I have four Ferber works available to me so someday we shall see A four and a HALF star road trip with 30 something divorced mother of one Emma McChesney Mrs I place it in the background because she generally did Loc 179 proud 10 year road vet representative of TA Buck s Featherloom Petticoats and her favorite pastime was studying men and women The two things went well together Loc 352 Call em weasels That covers their style occupation and character Emma describing a certain desirable element hanging around a department store at Loc 420 Full repeated Emma McChesney and if it weren t for the compositer there d be an exclamation point after that uestion mark Loc487Emma McChesney stood on the bottom step looking up and down Main Street and breathing in great draughts of that unadjectivable air Loc 555 When you begin to talk like thatI always feel as though I could take hold in a way to make those famous obs that Hercules tackled look like little Willie s chores after school Emma s new boss at Loc 1463If you enjoyed this sample hop on the next train through Edna Ferber s early 20th century Midwest with her plucky warrior Emma McChesneyThanks for readin. R protecting preserving and promoting the world's literature in affordable high uality modern editions that are true to the original wo. First of three books about the adventures of Emma McChesney Edna Ferber also the author of Giant and Show Boat wrote the books long enough McChesney Ferber also the author of Giant and Show Boat wrote the McChesney books long enough that they re all in the public domain and ebook copies of them can be downloaded from sites like Project Gutenberg I listened to a wonderfully narrated Libravox recording also free which kept me grinning even when stuck in traffic Emma McChesney traveling saleswoman for a company that manufactures petticoats is a remarkably modern character Introduced by Ferber in a story sold to a magazine in 1911 McChesney became an instant hit with the public clamoring for about her Imagine writing before World War I the popularity of a female character who was divorced and glad of it seemingly left her son to be raised at boarding schools and traveled endlessly with heavy sample bags making a good living in a man s field and outselling outsmarting and certainly out charming them at the same timeHaving read this delightful clever and often funny series of stories amidst a news cycle filled with disturbing cases of sexual exploitation and harassment of women in the workplace or women attempting to oin it Emma displays blunt self assurance and moxie when she is freuently hit upon by men After one man suddenly kisses her she wrenches herself free with a violent erk and then after upbraiding him mercilessly accuses him of having planted a married kiss before continuing her scorching lecture In a later story when the boss s son propositions her she says So if I let you make love to me I keep my ob is that it and then details her worst scenario ob which she claims she would gladly take over giving in to himOf course Emma McChesney is a fictional character one that Ferber imbued with
a surplus of confidence and fearlessness Her biggest vulnerability is with her son Jock who appears in several stories as a surplus of confidence and fearlessness Her biggest vulnerability is with her son Jock who appears in several stories as a grown up 17 year old and in whom Emma sees too much of the selfishness of his father While Emma is not drawn in a rich and deep way she is still a full bodied colorful sympathetic and very human character trying to balance motherhood with making a livingHistorically these stories were written at a time when women were already well established working in stores but much newer to life on the road As such Emma s adventures include other aspects of standing up for herself as a woman alone such as refusing a hotel room she knows will be close to the loud boiler room dealing with women buyers who still prefer placing orders with men and fighting rumors that she is morally compromisedFerber s language is wonderful and while it is old fashioned that is a big part of its charm There are two other Emma McChesney books and I will certainly be checking them outI can t get enough of a character whose feminism isn t strident or angry but is part of her confidence and dignity After she has cleared her name with her new boss from ugly. Marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important we have made it available as part of our commitment fo. ,
I was drawn to this book by the uirky title and after reading a few reviews I expected to fall in love with it instantly I was sadly disappointed On the upside the storyline was very different to anything else I ve read the author paints some really wonderful word pictures and the issues tackled *WERE OBVIOUSLY LEAGUES AHEAD OF THEIR TIME BUT IT *obviously leagues ahead of their time But it
"felt like the "like the was trying too hard I was being TOLD a story rather than having the pleasure of discovering it myself The writing style although natty and sharp felt contrived And I m tired to death of reading about female characters who are so flawless in every way that men simply fall at their feet at the first greeting If Emma McChesney had only been a little humanly imperfect I Emma McChesney had only been a little humanly imperfect I have enjoyed this book Decent fiction work Traveling petticoat saleswoman single mother Fascinating look at what it means to be a single woman traveling throughout America on business dealing with bosses and society Kind of a sell out at the end but a great look at a strong woman So sad that I should be the first one to review this reprint of what was in its day 1911 a very successful book and ustly so Emma McChesney a wise and feisty Yankee if there ever was one is an immensely endearing heroine Forced to earn a living after a bitter divorce Emma has become a traveling saleswoman The book starts when she is 36 with a son about to graduate high school Emma makes a good living but at what price Not only does she have to put up with the discomforts of exhausting rail Khle Sterne Gedichte Prosa Briefe journeys and poor hotel food but she must constantly fight back unwanted advances and ribaldokes from men who consider that this isn t woman s work Although traveling saleswomen were always a rarity and have completely disappeared nowadays this book is timeless in its description of how hard it is for a woman in just about any society touggle a career a personal life and raising a child Ferber is never preachy but makes her points with as much clarity as her character plows ahead regardless of setbacks and disappointments Almost every page draws a smile and I found myself tearing up when Emma falls ill and can t even contact her son who is on a fishing trip in Canada Dame Edna begs to be rediscovered folks Dnf Too boring Savvy straight talking and self reliant Emma McChesney is as witty and entertaining as the fast talking dames found in old movies but it s closer to 1910 than 1930 or 40 Emma s an early career woman working as the Midwest sales representative for TA Buck s Featherloom skirts and petticoats and most of her life is spent on the road traveling by train sleeping in hotels meeting the most interesting people and outsmarting the male sales reps who are her competition She s still stylish and attractive enough to make a man hope but as a hardworking divorced mother dependant on her income she s a stickler about her reputationRoast Beef Medium is the. This scarce antiuarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations.