I’m doing the Reading Madly challenge!

Yup, I’m hosting it, and I’m participating, too.

Man, if this were a party, I’d have to be one heck of a hostess to actually have fun at my own soiree.
Actually, I suck at hosting parties, so it’s good that this thing is virtual.
So — I’ve got a whole bunch of Mad Men-related books in mind to read next year, so I’ve selected the “TV Ad” level and will read 7 books, of which at least 2 will be fiction and 2 nonfiction.
I’ve already read the most obvious choice, which is Mad Men Unbuttoned. So I’ll be heading in different directions.
Some of the books on my virtual Reading Madly nightstand (which may or may not get read, depending on my mood):
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation by Ellen F. Fitzpatrick

Fifth Avenue, 5 A. M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s by G. Calvin Mackenzie
I may also attempt Robert Caro’s 3-volume biography– or Robert Dallek’s 2-volume biography — of LBJ.
This page will be my home base for my own progress on this challenge. See you back here next year!
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Updates
1/23/11 — OK. This thing is starting out with a bang. Just realized I read the wrong book. I’d meant to read Letters to Jackie but instead just finished Dear Mrs. Kennedy. You can see why I got mixed up. Anyway, I think I’m not going to read them both. Dear Mrs. Kennedy was pretty sad, and I think that’s all I can take of the condolence letter books.
I’ve read two books I considered adding to the list for this challenge, but I’m going to refrain from doing so. Their link to Mad Men is not as strong as some of the other stuff I want to read for the challenge, so I’m going to consider these to be bonus, semi-Mad books:

Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz
[Dylan was in New York during the early 60s; I think maybe Peggy Olson mentions him once. Maybe?]
Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music by Gary W. Moore
[Buddy Holly died in February 1959, and his music continued to be released into the 1960s. Plus, he was a huge influence on the Beatles and the Stones, so Buddy raved on even after he was gone.]
2/12/11 — Two more books finished (#2 and #3 below). Reviews coming soon. I’ll link ’em after I post ’em.
2/16/11 — OK. I’m actually *not* going to write about one of the books I just finished. I enjoyed it, enough, but I ain’t got nothing else to say about it. (I refer to #3 below.) That’s all.
3/23/11 — Just finished The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe last night. Am still stunned by how much I liked it! Thanks to Bybee for recommending it on her blog.
9/22/11 — Added The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro to the list. I read it in May. It’s volume 1 of the 3-volume (so far) biography of LBJ, and it is nothing short of amazing.

10/27/11 — Finished After This by Alice McDermott, which was a really good choice for Reading Madly.

11/2/11 — Another one! Just finished listening to Jacqueline Kennedy:
Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M.
Schlesinger, Jr., 1964

  

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Books Read
1. Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief: Letters, November 1963 by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis (nonfiction)
3. 5th Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson (nonfiction)
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (fiction)
6. The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro (nonfiction)
7. After This by Alice McDermott (fiction)
8. Jacqueline Kennedy:
Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M.
Schlesinger, Jr., 1964
(nonfiction)


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