Neil Gaiman, a book her son gave her, before she starts American Years, by Harold Sinclair, her new book club selection. And they had just read Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts, and loved it.
This all somehow fits together so well I am afraid to mention that last night I (semi-) watched How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, in which the main character walks around holding a book with that title, by Shepherd Mead, which satirizes the striving and gamesmanship of the business world and works as sort of a cautionary tale, once you add the music and romance.
American Gods seems to be re-seeing and developing the idea, explored by others, that certain creatures--fairies, gods, elves--exist only as long as people believe in them. Then other versions of reality or, in this case, "gods" take their place. I remember this as an aspect of The Mists of Avalon, for instance. So, all you Gaiman readers and fantasy readers can set me straight and/or recommend other books. Feel free.
1) Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts, is full of "tough women," says Mary, connected to those founding fathers of the USA.
2) Mary says that the Gaiman book is "very strange."
3) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying has had various revivals since its first Broadway run and since the film, which features teased hair and blue eyeshadow. The 1995 revival had Matthew Broderick in it, and Wikipedia tells me Harry Potter, er, Daniel Radcliffe, will star in a 2011 revival, coming right up in February. (Julie, of A Follow Spot, is this true?!)