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Mad Men and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: A Book Club Meeting Recap

Mad Men and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: A Book Club Meeting Recap

ATXSciRead Book Club: Recap of Our First Meeting + a Preview of Upcoming Picks

By book club facilitator and ATXSciWri member Eileen McGinnis

 

 

Our first book-club meeting ended with a lingering image.

As we were wrapping up our discussion Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, one participant chimed in with a scene from the TV show Mad Men that had come to mind while reading the book.

In the scene, housewife Betty Draper shakes out a picnic blanket, nonchalantly tumbling plates, napkins and other debris into the grass of a public park before packing the family into the car. The episode is set in the early 1960s, around the time that Carson’s environmentalist classic was published.

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