If you like the TV show Mad Men, you will love the book Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown. Keep reading after the Mad Men era inspired photos of myself with Helen Gurley Brown’s groundbreaking book. It was originally published in 1962. The copy I am holding in the pictures is a first edition third printing. Keep reading after the photos for more information about Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown.
When I consider the book Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown, Peggy Olson (played by Elisabeth Moss) immediately comes to mind. She started her career at Sterling Cooper as Don Draper’s secretary and worked her way up to the creative department by the time Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was formed. Her journey from naive secretarial school graduate to savvy career woman and budding feminist is one of the most fascinating story lines on Mad Men. Helen Gurley Brown was an advertising copywriter before she wrote Sex and the Single Girl. I couldn’t help thinking of how Helen might have navigated the Mad Men landscape when I read her book.
I love Helen Gurley Brown’s author photo on the back cover of Sex and The Single Girl. I think I would have titled the book Sex and The Single Gurl if I were her, but that’s probably just one of many reasons I don’t have a book of my own.
It’s kind of hard to read the cover in the above picture, but I didn’t want to risk damaging it by removing the protective cover.
More about Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown:
A nice, single woman has no sex life? Think again, says Helen Gurley Brown. Barricade Books is proud to put back in print the bombshell bestseller that took the giggles out of girl talk—and thoroughly shocked the prudes. In Sex and the Single Girl, Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan magazine’s leading lady for years, tells women how to fill their lives with romance and delectable men. Sexual attitudes may have changed, but the art of being a woman has not. Here’s how to meet men, sweep them off their feet, and even slip a ring on the right man’s finger. (Summary provided by Barricade Books.)
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This is part three of a nine part Mad Men inspired series. Click the following links for the other posts in the series:
Part One: Joan Harris reads The Receptionist: An Education At The New Yorker by Jane Groth
Part Two: Betty Draper Francis reads Jack 1939: A Novel by Francine Mathews
Part Three: Peggy Olson reads Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown
Part Four: Trudie Campbell reads Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams by Tina Cassidy.
Part Five: Mad Men inspired 8×10 print by Flapperdoodle
Part Six: Megan Draper reads Dear Enemies: A Dialogue on French and English Canada by Gwethalyn Graham and Solange Chaput Rolland
Coming Soon: The Unofficial Mad Men Cook Book by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, Mad Men Unbuttoned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper, and Jane Sterling reads The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book Of The Dead by Timothy Leary. As Jane Sterling is the grand finale of this series, that post will be interesting.
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