I’m not a big TV person. I generally prefer books to screens, but I’m obsessed with the Amazon original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I’ve binge-watched the entire series several times, and somehow love it more each time. Mrs. Midge Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan) has the perfect life: a loving husband, two kids, and a gorgeous apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. But her life suddenly starts to fall apart, and she discovers a hidden talent—stand-up comedy. Set in the 1950s, this show is whip-smart, funny, feminist, and absolutely charming. With season two streaming on Amazon this month, I started thinking about books to read if you love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as much as I do. Here’s what I came up with.
Set in 1960s London, FUNNY GIRL is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters.
Kate Walbert masterfully conveys the dreams and reality of a group of women who were once country-club housewives, and are now divorced, independent, and breaking the rules. This brilliant, thought-provoking novel opens a window into the world of a generation of women caught in a cultural limbo.
A gossipy, completely addictive novel about New York’s 1950s elite—known as “Swans”—and the scandalous friendship between socialite Babe Paley and literary legend Truman Capote. Rich in the glamour of the era and with characters pulled from reality, this story will draw you into the scandal of the beautiful, preening birds living life without consequence—until they’re betrayed, that is.