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by John Updike
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Mad Men is about to disappear from our lives once again, leaving us to grapple alone with our complicated nostalgia for an era when men were men, women were secretaries, and alcoholism was glamorous. These books give a closer look at the era.
The Maples Stories, read backward, draw on the best of both Updikes: the younger writer's curiosity, anxiety, and social preoccupations; the older's earned sense of pathos.