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Book Club Party – The Best of Everything

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Exciting news abounds in Book Club! We just met early this week to discuss our fun and vintage April selection, Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything and to announce our giveaway winner.

Congratulations to Gerri Webster and her book club! We can’t wait to hear all about what you guys think of the book. Make sure to send us recaps and pictures from your meeting. Gerri, don’t read too many details below, we don’t want to spoil things.

At the office, we put on our fifties-best and gathered around a table with some snacks to step a few decades back in time and share our thoughts.

a book that takes place in the 1950's calls for dresses to match!

  • Several of us struggled with the character arcs of many of the ladies in the book. I wanted way more for Caroline at the end of her story, but I think she surprised us all with how she cut ties with her long pined-for love, Eddie.
  • Member (and editorial assistant in Books and Special Projects) Kelsey Mirando noted that ”Despite the half-century sandwiched between Rona Jaffe’s working girl characters and us, so many trials, delights, and tribulations involved with a post-grad professional and personal life in the Big Apple still ring true. Since Jaffe was hired by Helen Gurley Brown to write Carrie Bradshaw-esque pieces for Cosmopolitan in the ’60s, it was no surprise – yet provoking nonetheless – that the novel’s key heroines had many experiences with workplace superiors, colleagues, and suitors similar to those played out today by characters of Lena Dunham’s Girls. With the cultural dominance of Mad Men and recent Broadway successes set in the same era, it was refreshing and engaging to read a story of old, post-war New York and women’s lib all from a female’s perspective.”
  • We all agreed that our next meeting should be a movie night to see the film adaptation of the book. Joan Crawford! Suzy Parker! We can’t wait to see how it made the leap to the silver screen.

Have you read? Let us know what you thought, and don’t forget to check back in on Monday to see what we’re reading next!

Paulie Dibner is the assistant managing editor of Martha Stewart Living. She has perfected her oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie, but is on the hunt for a puff-pastry recipe to knock her socks off. Follow her on Instagram @matinauxsaules.

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