What Books Represent Women of 2008

Buzz In: What Books Capture the Lives of Women in 2008?

I saw a great Charlie Rose interview of Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men) and I learned some fascinating tidbits. My favorite is the fact that Weiner defers to two books as his guide to what women's lives in the 1960s must have been like: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown.


I can easily see the influence of Friedan's book in Betty's identity crises as a housewife, and Joan practically embodies the financially independent, swinging city gal that Gurley Brown so emphatically describes in her book.

In 40 years or so, if someone wanted to make an authentic TV series about the lives of women in 2008, what books should they read? They could, of course, include descriptions of the fashions of the time like gladiator sandals, tent dresses and apparently pegged jeans (?!). Or not.

One thought I had was Eat, Pray, Love, since I can't seem to ride a bus these days without spotting a woman with it on her lap. I know plenty of women don't like it, but it certainly resonates with enough of us. Fiction, memoir, guides to life — what books do you think capture the lives of American women in 2008?

Mad Men photos courtesy of AMC, source

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