‘Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted’ Book Club Discussion Guide

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Note: I’m based in New York City, but I’ll be in Northern California April 19-21, Washington D.C. May 18-20, Chicago June 2-8, and Los Angeles July 7-14. Please let me know if you’d like me to visit your book club on one of my trips.

Questions to Consider:

  • How does this book fit into the history of the 1970s overall?
  • How does it fit into the history of Hollywood?
  • What do you think it says about women on television?
  • Who was your favorite “character”?
  • What surprised you the most?
  • How has reading this book changed the way you think of The Mary Tyler Moore Show?
  • Mary Richards: Feminist or not?
  • Which episodes did it make you want to watch (again, or for the first time)?
  • Discuss women’s role in the workplace and in Hollywood during the 1970s. How has life changed for women since the beginning of The Mary…

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