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A Modern Gal's Mad Men Reading List


They're the hottest thing around. It's the early 1960s as seen weekly through the hit AMC series Mad Men. I have been a loyal fan of the show since the first year when no one else I knew was watching. Everyone thought I was crazy when I asked them if they were watching this incredibly well-written show on AMC. No one thinks I'm crazy now. Especially after the show just picked up their second consecutive Emmy for Best Dramatic television series.

Yes, I'm completely enamored of the multi-layered secret-keeping creative genius known as Don Draper, buty real fascination is with the ladies of the show. I'm completely taken with Peggy Olson. And I would kill to be know how to use my feminine wiles like Joan Holloway.

And so naturally I've been wondering what books Peggy Olson would read during her commute to work on the train prior to her recent move to Manhattan. My guess is that she's got a dog-eared copy of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath hidden in the bottom of her pocket book.And when Joan curls up at night with some chocolate bon-bons, what is she reading? I've got some more ideas. I'll bet she's been indulging herself with The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe.  Why not? It's still a delicious read even after all these years.

And for those of us gals, who wonder what it was like to be a working girl in Manhattan all those years ago, here's two fabulous suggestions. Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart tells the story of a small-town girl who spends the summer in New York City working at Tiffany's in 1948. The book is written by Marjorie H and is truly entertaining. My favorite book about New York City is Underfoot in Show Business by Helene Hanff. She came to New York to conquer the world of the theatre in the 1930s -- and failed wonderfully for the next thirty years. Her backstage capers, and tales of scrimping and saving just to get by are easy for any modern gal in the big city to identify with.

Send me your suggestions for the Mad Men reading list.