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paperback coverMary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted tells the story behind the making of TV classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Published by Simon & Schuster, it offers readers a glimpse inside the lives of the groundbreaking female TV writers who lent their real lives to scripts, the men who created the indelible characters, the lone woman in the network executive ranks who cast the legendary ensemble, and the colorful cast of actors who made it all work. James L. Brooks, Grant Tinker, Allan Burns, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel all came together to make a show that changed women’s lives, and television. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted shows how. AP calls it “the quintessential book on one of the greatest sitcoms to hit the airwaves.” The Boston Globe describes it as “warm and funny and rife with juicy details.” “Compelling and highly readable, this book is as informative as it is charming,” Bust says. “As enjoyable as reruns of the classic show.” And The New York Times‘ Caryn James calls it “energetic … fascinating … shrewd … thoughtful.”

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In Sexy Feminism, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph offer simple ways for busy, young women to improve every aspect of their own lives by following feminist principles. With dozens of ways to take action, Sexy Feminism explains how feminism helps women get what they want (and does not, contrary to many reports, ruin anyone’s chances at love, success, sex, beauty, or style). It guides young women toward finding their own brand of feminism and using it to improve their lives and the world.

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“We live in a society where sex is used against women as much as it’s used by women. Sexy Feminism calls foul on that (and other) double standards—and makes manifest my frequent observation that feminists are almost always the sexiest people in the room.” —Jennifer Baumgardner, author of F’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls

Why? Because We Still Like YouWhy? Because We Still Like You: An oral history of The Mickey Mouse Club tells the behind-the-scenes story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television’s first true cult hits–all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It reveals the untold stories of Annette, Darlene, Cubby and Karen, Bobby and the rest of the beloved cast. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television’s finest minds, what made the show so special. And it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever in the age of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Glee.

“Like a lovely snow globe whose pastoral setting becomes a blur of white when shaken, this beautiful pastiche of anecdotes, remembrances, and stories incites a nostalgic blizzard for the three-year, mid-Fifties run of the original Mickey Mouse Club.” — Library Journal

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