2013: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

"Treva Silverman had always wanted to be the beautiful, funny, smart, heroine of a 1930s screwball comedy."

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and All the Brilliant Minds who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

      As the title suggests, this book is a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  I love to read books about the entertainment industry, particularly behind the scenes type stuff, and so I thought this would be entertaining, even though I've barely watched any Mary Tyler Moore.  Alas, the book is only so-so.  The thesis is that Mary Tyler Moore was groundbreaking for women both on screen and behind the scenes - first to address a single woman on her own, first to hire so many female writers, etc., and really, that feminism angle is the only aspect that the author focuses on.  And she is unrelentingly cheerful in doing so - its all wonderful groundbreaking stuff and very little cattiness or even much in the way of challenges to be overcome.  Which, I don't know, maybe the Mary Tyler Moore set was nirvana, but it makes for a sort of boring read.  Ironically, the one thing I got from the book was a desire to start watching Mary Tyler Moore - even thought I thought the book was boring, I was nonetheless convinced by it that the TV show is pretty great, and that there is a gap in my pop culture education by not having watched it.

     So, I would say, don't read the book, watch the show instead.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017