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Matthew Weiner, the cre­ator, writer, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and di­rec­tor of Mad Men, dips into fiction with his new novel, Heather, the To­tal­ity (Lit­tle, Brown and Co., $25), the story of a seem­ingly per­fect cou­ple liv­ing on Man­hat­tan’s Up­per East Side with their seem­ingly per­fect child. But things are never as they seem. Here the au­thor shares three books that got his creative juices flow­ing. 1 Dept. of Spec­u­la­tion (Vin­tage), $15, by Jenny Of­fill: “A de­cep­tively com­plex nar­ra­tive of a woman and her mar­riage that is both beau­ti­fully ab­stract and in­cred­i­bly spe­cific, ex­pertly blend­ing the cos­mic with the quo­tid­ian.” 2 Men With­out Women (Knopf), $26, by Haruki Mu­rakami: “This mas­ter sto­ry­teller’s col­lec­tion has a mis­lead­ing ti­tle, for while it ex­plores love and loss through a se­ries of men’s rec­ol­lec­tions, it is the women of this book who stay with you for­ever.” 3 Theft by Find­ing: Di­aries (1977–2002) (Lit­tle, Brown and Co.), $28, by David Sedaris: “Any­one who would en­joy read­ing some­one else’s di­ary will be de­lighted by the laugh­out-loud funny and of­ten mov­ing jour­nal based on the pri­vate thoughts and pub­lic in­ter­ac­tions of a genius ob­server.” Avail­able in book­stores and on­line

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