The popular blog The Daily Beast had a recent article on the books featured on the hit television series Mad Men.
We have Mad Men seasons one and two on DVD at the library, and we have some of the books mentioned in the article, such as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Many of the books on the list are classics that were popular in the early 1960s, and are therefore hard to find. However, the article made me think about highlighting some books in our collection that delve into the culture and style of the Mad Men era and the world of fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper. If you want to be as cool as Don Draper, pick up one of the following titles:
Books on Vintage style and Retro Pop culture:
In the know: the classic guide to being cultured and cool by Nancy MacDonell.
Hip: the history by John Leland.
Straight up or on the rocks: a cultural history of American drink by William Grimes.
Shaken and stirred: through the martini glass and other drinking adventures by William L. Hamilton.
I love it when you talk retro: hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech by Ralph Keyes.
Found style: vintage ideas for modern living by David and Amy Butler; photographs by Colin McGuire.
As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling.
Vintage reading: from Plato to Bradbury: a personal tour of some of the world’s best books by Robert Kanigel.
Dream lucky: when FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat— by Roxane Orgill.
Books on Advertising History
Twenty ads that shook the world: the century’s most groundbreaking advertising and how it changed us all by James Twitchell.
New American design: products and graphics for a post-industrial age by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Adland: a global history of advertising by Mark Tungate.
Advertising in America: the first two hundred years byCharles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple.
Accept no substitutes!: the history of American advertising by Christina Mierau.
Also, if you want to turn yourself into a Mad Men style character, check out the AMC blog and “Mad Men Yourself”! I did and it looks just swell!
– posted by Sharon Long, Teen Services and Reference Librarian
The film The Time Traveler’s Wife is being released today, August 14, 2009.
Note to Syosset book clubs-We currently have a Book Club in a Bag set for The Time Traveler’s Wife. It includes ten copies of the book and all the background material needed to run a great discussion.
Watch for Audrey Niffeneggers’ new book- Her Fearful Symmetry will be published on September 29, 2009.
I’m a huge fan of The Time Traveler’s Wife, and can’t wait to get my hands on her new book. Check back for my review. Stop in and reserve your copy today.
-posted by Susan, Readers Services
It’s been 14 years since he published his last fiction title (Beach Music.) With today’s release of South of Broad I can gladly welcome him back to the fiction shelves. South of Broad is a sweeping saga that follows Leopold Bloom King, his friends and family, but most of all Pat Conroy’s beloved Charleston.
-posted by Susan- Readers’ Services
What is a Title Swap?
Every quarter, patrons and Readers’ Services librarians gather in front of the fireplace to share titles they’ve enjoyed. Discussion is always lively and refreshments are served. After the title swap, a list of titles mentioned is compiled and made available at the library.
The summer Title Swap will be held today, August 11, at 1:30 PM on the second floor- all are welcome!
-posted by Sonia- Readers’ Services
Sometimes our patrons help US find a good read. I’m just finishing “Yes” or “No”: The Guide to Better Decisions: A story, by Spencer Johnson, MD. He’s the Coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Who Moved My Cheese (along with Kenneth Blanchard, PhD).
When a patron came in and asked for “all of their books”, it caught my attention. I had heard of these two books, classics in business management. But didn’t think that “Average Jane” would find them useful.
These books are quick and light, with simple concepts that stick with you after the book is done. I’ve read One Minute Manager (more oriented towards work or organizations) and “Yes” and “No” The Guide to Better Decisions (great for anyone). … Now, onto the “Cheese” course.
So, please share your thoughts and questions about books, music, and movies (and more) with us! Help us build your library collection!
– posted by Marianne, Reference Services
Highlighted this month are:
Beach Reads – Need a great book to bring to the beach? Grab one off the display – we’ve got everything from murder mysteries to love stories, biographies to historical fiction. Also, some of the hottest summer bestsellers!
What I Did on My Summer Vacation – filled with great ideas on how to have a happy, healthy and active summer. We’ve provided guides on travel, fitness, diet, health, summer activities, gardening, home renovation, and much, much more!
Enjoy the rest of the summer with a great book from the Syosset Public Library!
– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services