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The Best of Everything | Rona Jaffe
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This forthcoming Penguin Black Classic sounds really interesting. The linked New Yorker article described it as Sex & the City set inside of Mad Men:

LeahBergen I love the cover. 👍 2mo
squirrelbrain I have this already on my physical TBR shelf (different edition, obvs). I think it was a charity shop find. It does sound really good, but I‘ve somehow never got round to it… 2mo
Leftcoastzen I read it not so long ago, glad it‘s getting it‘s due.I think it really captured the era ! Young women trying to make something of themselves with many different results. 2mo
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vivastory @squirrelbrain The charity shops in the UK must have great book selections. I'm always seeing people post great finds📚📚 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I'm glad to hear that you liked it! It sounds fascinating 2mo
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@Avanders Thank you!! I absolutely LOVE my #staycationintimeswap - none of these books were on my radar but as soon as I read the blurbs I was like YES PLEASE!! The candle smells amazing and I‘m super excited for a bath and a cup of coffee (dark roast is my jam). ♥️♥️

EvieBee Nice treasure trove! I‘ve been meaning to read THE BEST OF EVERYTHING for awhile now. 3mo
mcipher @EvieBee it sounds amazing, I can‘t wait to start it! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍❤️😍❤️😍❤️ 3mo
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Avanders Yay I‘m so glad you like everything!! ♥️♥️ I don‘t know why I had such a hard time finding New York things that felt right for the swap… so I focused on self-care vacation for the goodies instead 😉 I hope you didn‘t mind! I actually did find one really cool thing that I really wanted to send, but it wasn‘t going to make it in time… if you don‘t mind, I‘d still like to have it sent directly from Etsy to you… cool? ☺️ 3mo
mcipher @Avanders Self care is my fave so I‘m not mad about it! You totally don‘t have to send anything else, it was perfect! 3mo
DinoMom Lovely package 3mo
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Wow, @Amandajoy …what a generous, gigantic gift you‘ve given me! I‘ve got one more load of laundry to do today; the Out of Print t-shirt‘s going straight in it & then right on my body! The tumbler is a feast for the eyes: such magical, pastel goodness! I love that we gave each other pencils; the snacks are right up my alley; & in a New England winter, the lotion & lip balms are both a necessity & a luxury. As for the books…👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: The Conductors was one of the new-to-me books on #NYWD lists that I was most excited about; I‘m so pleased to have my own copy! It seems like *exactly* the type of magic I like. Buttermilk Graffiti sounds delightful - & I‘m looking forward to learning which Massachusetts town the author hails from, as that‘s my home state! As for Fingersmith, there might be some delayed gratification. I want my Book Club to read it together…in 2023. 😅🙈 9mo
monalyisha Thanks again, @Amandajoy! It was a pleasure to be matched with you! 💓 9mo
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MeganAnn Great package! Dot‘s Pretzels are so good and they originally started in my state! (North Dakota) 🎉👏🏻😍✨ 9mo
Amandajoy It was fun! I laughed when I opened up the pencil. I‘m looking forward to using it. 9mo
monalyisha @AmandaJoy You mentioned doodling in your letter & I think it‘d be great for that! It slides so smoothly across the paper. My one critique is that is does need to be sharpened fairly regularly, so writing with it can be tricky. 9mo
Johanna414 Those are *the best* pretzels!!! 9mo
candority Wow! What a great package 😍 9mo
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@Amandajoy Would it be weird to say that perhaps my favorite thing in my #BestOf2021Swap box is your list? How can you go wrong with a match who includes “pink skies” on her list of favorite things, & ends with a message as wholesome as “not everything beautiful in life can be bought”?

You‘re a treasure. Thank you so much for your thoughtful, curated gift!

Final photo incoming…

Kappadeemom I am fortunate to live in a place with beautiful sunsets and I agree with her ❤️ It‘s one of my most favorite “free” things to do! 9mo
Amandajoy I‘m so happy you liked it! I had fun putting it together! 9mo
squirrelbrain Oh, how lovely! I really like the Calm app too @Amandajoy - both the 10 minute dailies and the Sleep Stories; my favourites are the train ones! 9mo
Avanders Ooooh I love this! 🥰 9mo
candority This is just so lovely! 9mo
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Me, staring at my hands while opening gifts : “I wish I had some lotion. Look how dry my skin is!”

@Amandajoy , hearing me in the past, from approximately 1,500 miles away: GRANTED. 🧞✨

#BestOf2021Swap @candority

Amandajoy Glad I could help! I have bottles of this everywhere. 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly Amazing 😂 9mo
Chrissyreadit I love Kiehls. It was one of my favorite shops IRL in NYC. 9mo
Cathythoughts I love Kiehls ❤️ 9mo
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I‘ve never been gifted a cigar before…but there‘s a first time for everything. What is it Freud says? 🧐

With any luck, there‘ll be some lotion in this package (really, I have plenty) but WOW, my skin is dry! Look away! 🙈❌👀

#BestOf2021Swap @Amandajoy @candority

Amandajoy My husband wishes I gifted him some cigars this year 😂 9mo
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Exclaiming/drooling over this exciting, monstrous pile! 😍 @Amandajoy @candority #BestOf2021Swap

Amiable Watching others unpack their boxes is just as much fun as unwrapping my own! 9mo
Amandajoy Enjoy! 9mo
melissajayne Thinking I might have to join in the fun for 2023 9mo
candority Great card! 🦥 9mo
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Will I be posting copious photos of my #BestOf2021Swap gift from @Amandajoy ? You bet your booty…🍑


candority That note made me smile! 9mo
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I‘m so excited to open my #BestOf2021Swap gift…but even more excited to sleep. This is New Years in your 30‘s. 😉😅😴

@Amandajoy (& @candority ), I‘m looking forward to tomorrow!

Amandajoy Ha ha ha! I‘ve made it almost an hour into the new year, though I‘m fading fast! This is New Years in your 40s with a teen and tween 😂 9mo
Chrissyreadit Ha! I was in bed asleep at 10. New Years in your 50‘s (edited) 9mo
monalyisha @Chrissyreadit Tbh, the only thing really keeping me awake was that I had a load of laundry in that I wanted to get out of the dryer. 😅 9mo
monalyisha @AmandaJoy I was hoping we‘d get a hint of sunshine today for better photo lighting (& my general mood 😅); alas…I don‘t think it‘s going to happen. Planning to open your gift when we‘re done with brunch! 😍 9mo
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1. Gone With the Wind
2. The Help
3. Daisy Jones & The Six

Honorable mentions go to The Midwife of Hope River and The Best of Everything.

Thanks for the tag!! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤗

ReadingIsMyHobby Way too many to choose from. So I'm going to go with 3 books that stay really close to my thoughts, often. 1. All The Bright Places. 2. The Fault In Our Stars. 3. Me Before You 2y
Texreader Gone with the Wind!! My mom told me for years to read it, since I was reading chunksters in high school. But no!!!! When I finally read it I was “blown away!” (Get it? A little Litsy humor there. I couldn‘t resist.) 2y
Texreader @ReadingIsMyHobby Oh my goodness, The Fault in Our Stars made me cry like a baby. 2y
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ReadingIsMyHobby @Texreader same. Definitely not a book that ever left my thoughts
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #2 & #3 yay!!! I‘ve never read Gone With The Wind 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Texreader I read it in high school and it changed my life! I fell in love with the book, then had to track down the movie. That started my love affair with classic Hollywood that‘s still going strong 🥰 you need to read it @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @ReadingIsMyHobby those are great choices! I especially loved Me Before You. They actually did a good job with the movie, too. I bawl like a baby every time I watch it! 😭 2y
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Re watching MadMen (Don flips thru it in bed)I realized I never read this book about single girls in the city.Written in 1958 ,Ms.Jaffe ,in some ways,writes a cautionary tale of wolves in the office & grungy first apartments yet describes the city so beautifully it makes you long to try your luck in New York.If you enjoy books like Valley of the Dolls & Peyton Place you will like this.Lots of bad behavior all around ,but like candy,irresistible.

RaimeyGallant Will have to read eventually! 3y
callielafleur At some point I'm going to find a list of all the books referenced in Mad Men and add them to my TBR. It's my favorite show. 3y
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Leftcoastzen @callielafleur oh yeah ,forgot that one! 3y
JohannaRose Very cute picture! 3y
Leftcoastzen @callielafleur 😃I can picture them giggling and passing it around! 3y
batsy Cute pic! And I think I remember this episode. Is that when he tells Betty that the book is racier/dirtier than he expected? 😆 3y
Leftcoastzen @batsy There it is! Thx!Yes, Don says something to that effect.My mom joined the work force in the 50s , she used to complain that many women treated their college or business school education like a finishing school to be where the men are , pissed my mom off as she was a dedicated career woman .Something Plath mentioned as well.Yet there are moments of fun and it feels ahead of its time.Of course 🙄moments too. (edited) 3y
batsy @Leftcoastzen Yes, Plath did it so well! And I think another one that maybe addresses a similar situation is Mary McCarthy's The Group? (on my TBR for like, forever 😆) I can totally understand your mum's frustration; I would have felt the same. 3y
Leftcoastzen @batsy I read The Group a long while ago , really liked it .If memory serves it‘s a little more intellectual, if you will. There is a kind of maybe naive quality in The Best of Everything that gives it a sweetness at times.Frank in its way,but of course of its time. 3y
callielafleur @batsy This is a great list! Thanks for posting it! 3y
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#bookmail #surprise #sisterlove
Lovely unexpected surprise mail from my Nebraskan sister-all my sibs share a love of books. ❤️❤️❤️ 📚📚📚

LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 4y
Mdargusch Fun! 4y
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#QuotsyJune18 #father
#ReadingResolutions #bookishfathers 📚

My 'bookish father' read to me almost every night until I could read on my own, then he let me read to him. He shared his favorite books with me and was instrumental in giving me my love of reading and books. I don't know if the quote I picked is true in every case, but I know my dad thought I was special and that we had a special relationship.
I miss him every day. 💜

LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 4y
Silvia.Baltazar ❤️ 4y
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I recently re-shuffled my bookcases. Meet my new/old TBR. 🙄

ReadingEnvy Wow some great books in those piles! 5y
Sue Nice stacks! 5y
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Day 21 - #workplacesetting - I immediately thought of one of my favorite books, The Best Of Everything. This book has a very Mad Men feel to it (and incidentally here we have Don Draper reading it), and even though it came out in the late 1950s, it could just as easily come out today. It was very racy for its time period. Consider it Mad Men completely from a woman's point of view. Excellent book! #feistyfeb #madmen

Liatrek Have you ever seen the movie? It's amazing! I've been meaning to read the book. 6y
JenlovesJT47 @Liatrek I have the movie but I didn't really like it, probably because I had just read the book when I watched it and they changed too much stuff 6y
Liatrek @JenlovesJT47 oh no ☹️ I'll definitely have to find the book. The life of book lovers movies rarely get it right. 6y
JenlovesJT47 @Liatrek so true! Maybe I'll watch it again soon, I might like it better since it's been awhile lol I read the book 6y
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#readJanuary- Just a few of the many books #SetInMyCity

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I can't believe it's the last day of #photoadaynov16 🙃Thanks for organizing @RealLifeReading 🙂My November stats were actually better than I expected...and I read some good books 💙My #favoritereads #bestofnovember
were Mischling, We Need to Talk About Kevin & An Untamed State📚As always, I credit this wonderful community for inspiring and encouraging my reading 🙌🏻

Books_Wine_Repeat Congrats! 🎉 Mischling was also one of my favorite reads for November. 😁👍❤️ 6y
Gissy Congrats!!! 👏👏👏👏 That was a great accomplishment! I'm a slow reader I can't read so many books in one month. 6y
KarenUK Great month! I thought "We need to talk about Kevin" was amazing... 6y
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PurpleyPumpkin Wow, you did really well. Great job!👍🏼 6y
britt_brooke Very nice! 👏🏻 6y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Books_Wine_Repeat @Gissy @KarenUK @PurpleyPumpkin & @britt_brooke Definitely #serialreader and #audiobooks increased my overall stats but I was happy with my other reading amounts🤓I think liking what you read, makes a big difference and I enjoyed most of my books this month❣️ 6y
shawnmooney You, too, had a great month! Good job! 👏👏👏 6y
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Something that might not be as well known, I absolutely LOVE this book! The movie was unfortunately very disappointing. Pictured below are Don and Betty from Mad Men (greatest show in the history of ever) discussing the book as Don reads it in bed, then Betty talking about the movie version with Joan Crawford and her hideous eyebrows. 😂 What's not to love? #septphotochallenge #bookintomovie #madmen

OSChamberlain Hahahaha that's awesome! 6y
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Written in the late 50s, Jaffe tells the story of 3 girls who move to New York and all work at the same publishing company. The book was revolutionary for its portrayal of working women and the struggles they faced. Despite sexist and racist tones (given its time) I loved the book because I saw so much of myself in the characters. I just moved out on my own last week and I drew some courage from women that were just as scared as I am. 3/5.

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"Summer is the worst time of year in New York. The hot breeze blows soot and sticky blackness in through opened windows, offices are running on half staff for staggered summer vacations, sidewalks grow soft and tempers short..."

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I rated this a pick, but with caveats: it's a product of its time and is best read as being wildly progressive and transgressive for the 50s, not present day. That being said it was engaging and compelling, a lovely quasi trashy summer read. I didn't know it was on Mad Men till after I finished.

BookishKateNYC @theotherhilary how great was this book?! Totally provocative, right? What are you reading now? 6y
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I appreciated this book because it's clear that it had an influence on so many things that came after it. It was like reading an archetype for the "inexperienced young woman moves to NYC" story. It was worth it for that alone.

BookishKateNYC I really loved this book... Totally blew me away at times that it was written during the 50s. 6y
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