Mar 10, 2014 8:15 AM
Downton Abbey gives us a peek at the English countryside during the early 20th century and Mad Men immerses us in the culture of the 1960s and 70s. If you want to fill the era gap, pick up a copy of Rules of Civility: A Novel ($11) by Amor Towles. The majority of the novel is set in the late 1930s before the stock market crash. The protagonist, Katey Kontent, is a working secretary who meets a wealthy banker at a jazz club and from there, moves into high society circles, where she learns the craft of hobnobbing with the wealth. The richness of Towles's writing should satisfy plot lovers and history buffs alike.