This is the book I’m currently reading:
Before looking the book up at the library and taking it out, I had not heard of the author or title, and had never before thought of reading it.
So why am I reading it?
It is the final book on the Mad Men Reading list and appears in the final episode of the series (S07E14). I have not finished the episode or series because I have not finished the book.
The whole thing started when I was re-watching the series before the final season came out. In S01E06 (Babylon), the character Lily Meyer (Irene Roseen) hands Don Draper (John Hamm) a copy of Exodus, by Leon Uris, and told him he needed to read it. I looked at my bookshelf and noticed I had a copy of that book and I’d never read it.
I stopped the show, started reading and then finished the book. I went back to the episode and was blown away by what reading the book did for the episode and greater understanding of the particular story arc that was progressing.
I decided then to continue the process. Thankfully, the New York Public Library had compiled a list, so I could anticipate books and verify titles.
The Mad Men Reading list project works like such:
- Watch the series Mad Men
- Wait until a book is spoken about or seen on screen
- Stop watching
- Read book
It has taken me a long time to get through the series.
Here is where I’ll talk about it. I welcome your thoughts as always, and thank you for joining.