Reading the Sixties

In a recent Telegraph article, James Walton claims that Mad Men is the most literary show on TV. He cites the influences of Richard Yates and John Cheever. Why not see if your patrons agree? Recommend these sixties-themed reads.

(And if your library shares playlists with your users, boost interest in your CD collection with a swingin’ soundtrack.)

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Rabbit Run by John Updike
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

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About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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  1. Bill Ott says:

    Mad Men: more literary than Valley of the Dolls; less literary than Johnson, Percy, Updike, Wolfe, and Yates. Less literary than Puzo but more pretentious (especially this season).

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