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Your Local Librarian's Guide to 'Mad Men'

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Some of us watching "Mad Men" might be inspired to take up cigarettes or day-drinking, but your local librarian has a list of titles to consider if you're the type who instead wants to pick up a book.

The Los Angeles Public Library put together a list of books from the "Mad Men" themselves, novels that Don Draper read and even a few dispatches from the steno pool.

Novels from the era
Anything by John Cheever
"The Arrangement" by Elia Kazan
"The Easter Parade" by Richard Yates
"The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" by Sloan Wilson
"Rabbit, Run" by John Updike
"Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates
"The Best of Everything: A Novel" by Rona Jaffe

From the mad men themselves:
"Confessions of an Advertising Man" by David Ogilvy
"From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War" by Jerry Della Femina

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Other dispatches from the era:
"Sex and the Office" by Helen Gurley Brown (Pair this with a biography on Brown: "Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown" by Jennifer Scanlon)
"The Organization Man" by William H. Whyte

Inspired by "Mad Men" and the era
"Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America" by Natasha Vargas-Cooper
"The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume designer of Mad Men" by Janie Bryant
"The Cheese Monkeys : A Novel in Two Semesters" by Chip Kidd