If you don’t know who Midge Maisel is then I suggest you grab Amazon Prime and binge watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in its entirety… right now! The hit series has won immense praise from everybody. Set in the late ’50s – the fashion alone is reason to watch – the show centers around a young housewife whose life is shaken up leading her to take to the stage to share her thoughts and insights on life, motherhood and being a woman. It’s the perfect blend of humor, inspiration and gumption – something we all need these days. This is what you should be reading if you love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The Group by Mary McCarthy
A literary classic based on a group of Vassar graduates all at different points in their lives who are reunited when one of their own dies. The Group is a book that you have to read at least once in your lifetime. A testament to the strength of women and the true power of friendships, this post-war novel is one Midge would love.
The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
Another classic, based on a group of women finding their footing in New York City in the late ’50s, The Best of Everything is a must-read for fans of Amazon’s hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. From an Ivy League grad to an aspiring actress, this story features empowering and inspiring women.
A hilarious and touching biography about Joan Rivers who broke barriers and became an icon for women and fellow comediennes as well as a trailblazer in the comedy world. Fifty-plus years in the business, Rivers most definitely was an inspiration for Midge and this book tells her story.
Joan Rivers Confidential: The Unseen Scrapbooks, Joke Cards, Personal Files, and Photos of a Very Funny Woman Who Kept Everything by Melissa Rivers and Scott Currie
This coffee table book is a compilation of never-before-seen archives by Melissa Rivers that showcases Joan’s career over 50-plus years. Photos, scribbles, jokes and more are shared in this funny and touching book. These pages are filled with a look into the comedienne’s life on the road and on the stage.
The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron
Another trailblazer and icon for women, Ephron’s collection of works is a must-have for any Midge fan. Director of Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and more, Ephron pushed boundaries, made no apologies and really shook up the boys club in Hollywood.
Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen
A fabulous novel set in New York City centers around real-life Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown. A pint-size dynamo, Gurley got women thinking about their power and worth in addition to rethinking their sexuality. Plus, she was as glamorous as she was smart, something Mrs. Maisel doesn’t apologize for either.