Mad Men Unbuttoned:
A Romp Through 1960s America
By Natasha Vargas-Cooper
As the fourth season gets underway, Vargas-Cooper focuses on the real-life inspirations for the show, from stewardesses to the real Maidenform campaign to The Group by Mary McCarthy, and her approach is ultimately more effective than any straight-up recap could be.
By Julia Holmes
Small Beer Press
Holmes, a Brooklyn resident, makes her debut with this stunning, thoughtfull novel. Limning an alternate world where men have a limited space of time to find a wife (and if they don't, are killed or made civil servants), her writing is funny, strong, and dark in all the right places.
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
By Rob Sheffield
A new book from the Greenpoint-based author of the much-loved Love Is a Mix Tape, this one set to an 80s soundtrack. As hysterically funny as you'd expect, making all the tender and awkward sections even more powerful.