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Catnip for Word Nerds and History Buffs

Posted: 04/17/2012 6:28 pm

After 17 months, AMC's Mad Men is finally back on the air, and we at the library couldn't be happier. With its well-researched historical detail and great writing, the show is catnip for word nerds and history buffs (i.e. our kind of people). But we understand if you need something to tide you over between episodes. These books will sweep you up in the world of 1960s New York, from Madison Avenue to the suburbs -- and all are available for checkout from the Los Angeles Public Library.

Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics Of Playboy
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During the 1960s, Playboy magazine came under fire over what was considered to be its sexist attitude (Gloria Steinem's undercover stint as a Playboy Bunny, and resulting article, fueled the criticism). Pitzulo's analysis of Hefner's magazine challenges those assumptions, and she delves into the publication's ground-breaking articles on economic, social and political issues that were regularly featured.
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