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Yes, you too can read like Don Draper

Cover for Mad Men seriesThe AMC original series Mad Men follows the lives of a group of advertising men in 1960s Madison Avenue. It is a very successful series; it has won consecutive Golden Globes and back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. The show’s creators and writers pride themselves on their historical authenticity. One of the ways in which they achieve that authenticity is with books. If you are a fan of the show, chances are that you have seen the characters reading books or making various literary references during the show. Billy Parrott, a librarian at the Battery Park City Branch of the New York Public Library has been paying attention and making a list of the books mentioned and/or presented in the series. You can also get updates to the list via Battery Park's Twitter. Reading some of these books can give you additional insight into the characters as well as into the 1960s American society. We have placed a small display featuring a selection of books from the Mad Men list that the Muntz Library has in its collections. The display is located in the library's reading room (2nd floor by the main entrance). Feel free to browse the books, and if any of them pick your interest, you can take it to the Circulation Desk and check it out. Our selections for the display are:
  • Ruth Benedict, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. DS 821 .B46.
  • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury. PS 3511 .A86 S7 1984.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, Babylon Revisited and Other Stories. PS 3511 .I94 B3 1971.
  • Rona Jaffe, The Best of Everything. PS 3519 .A453 B44 1986.
  • D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. PR 6023 .A93 L2 1983c.
  • Fosco Mariani, Meeting With Japan. DS 821 .M273 1960.
  • Mary McCarthy, The Group. PS 3525 A1435 G7.
  • David Ogilvy, Confessions of an Advertising Man. HF 5810 O34 A3.
  • Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools. PS 3531 .O752 S5 1962.
  • Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged. PS 3535 .A547 A8 1957.
  • David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd. BF 755 .A5 R5 1961.
  • Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy. PS 3537 T669 A7.
  • Leon Uris, Exodus. (We have it as part of an omnibus that also includes the novels Mila 18 and QB VII). PS 3541 .R46 A6 1981.
Plus, we are offering a bonus: two books that are not on the show, but that were picked by Mr. Parrott as books you may like too:
  • Sloan Wilson, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. PS 3573 .I475 M26 1955.
  • Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road. PS 3575 .A83 R47 1983.
All books are usually located in the library's General Collection (3rd floor stacks). The above list is a selected list. If you visit the Battery Park website, you may find additional selections. If you find something on their list that we do not have, you can always request it via ILLiad (our Interlibrary Loan system).
Published by root on 13 Oct

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