Ep 51: “Mad Men” Creator Talks Rejection, Tenacity & Debut Novel

Variety has called Mad Men “The Last Great Drama of TV’s Golden Age.” What you might not know is that the hit drama series was rejected “so many times” before making it’s AMC debut in 2007. The cable network’s first drama series went on to win four Golden Globes and fifteen Emmy Awards before its final episode aired in 2015.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins Roxanne in New York City to dish on his debut book, Heather The Totality. The 138 page work which Weiner refers to as “novel concentrate” explores the intertwining lives of a privileged Manhattan couple, their beautiful daughter Heather, and a sociopathic stalker. The screenwriter-turned-author also talks about his upcoming TV series The Romanoffs and the books that have changed his life.

Stay tuned after the interview with Matthew to hear some great recommendations on books to distract you. Whether they end “happily ever after” or are just fun, you’ll want to check out these entertaining titles!

This episode of Just the Right Book Podcast is sponsored by HelloFresh. When you visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code “bookpodcast30”, you’ll save $30 off your first week of deliveries.

Books in this episode:

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Irresistible Blueberry Bake Shop by Mary Simies

Rules of Love and Grammer by Mary Simies

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Lights of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

The Spellman Files: A Novel by Lisa Lutz

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Set by Alexander McCall Smith

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Ella Enchanted by Gail CarsonLevine

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Tricky Twenty-Two: Romance Mystery (a Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich – Unofficial & Independent Summary & Analysis (Paperback)






1 Comment

  • Debi Morton Posted November 14, 2017 3:25 am

    The book HEATHER THE TOTALITY sounds like it could be worth checking out of the library. But if this author ever writes another book, please Do Not have him back on the podcast. I really don’t know how Roxanne managed to make it through a full hour. He was extremely rude, constantly interrupting her, talking over her, and going on and on in almost monologue form. All this after starting by saying he was glad it was a dialogue! I found myself at one point, actually yelling at the speaker, “Just be quiet!” He has a lot to learn about how to do an online interview.

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