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Sex and the City [Paperback]

Candace Bushnell
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Sept. 1 1997
Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. In essays drawn from her witty and sometimes brutally candid column in the New York Observer, Candace Bushnell introduces us to the young and beautiful who travel in packs from parties to bars to clubs. Meet "Carrie," the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places..."Mr. Big," the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another..."Samantha Jones," the fortyish, successful, "testosterone woman" who uses sex like a man...not to mention "Psycho Moms," "Bicycle Boys," "International Crazy Girls," and the rest of the New Yorkers who have inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You've seen them on HBO, now read the book that started it all...

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The "Sex and the City" columnist for the New York Observer documents the social scene of modern-day Manhattan. The reader gets an introduction to "Modelizers," the men who only have eyes for models, as well as a more common species, the "Toxic Bachelor." Reading like a society novel gone downtown and askew, Sex and the City is a comically sordid look at status and ambition and the many characters consumed by the sexual politics of the '90s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"We're leading sensory saturated lives," announces jetsetting photographer and playboy Peter Beard in a roundtable discussion of menages a trois, setting the tone of opulent debasement that suffuses this collection of Bushnell's punchy, archly knowing and sharply observed sex columns from the New York Observer. Prowling the modish clubs, party circuit and weekend getaways of rich and trendy New York society (most of whose denizens are identified by pseudonyms), Bushnell offers a brash, radically unromantic perspective. She visits a sex club and dates a Bicycle Boy ("the literary romantic subspecies" whose patron saints are George Plimpton and Murray Kempton). But in most chapters she keeps to the sidelines, deploying instead her alter-ego Carrie (like the author, a blonde writer from Connecticut in her mid-30s), whose sweet if feckless romance with Mr. Big?a nondescript power player?serves as a foil for the hilarious, unsentimentalized misadventures of her peers. These include model-chasers like Barkley, 25, a painter with the face of a Botticelli angel whose parents pay for his SoHo junior loft, and Tom Peri, the "emotional Mayflower," who ferries newly dumped women to higher emotional ground and is then invariably dumped. The effect is that of an Armistead Maupin-like canvas tinged with a liberal smattering of Judith Krantz. Collected in one volume, Bushnell's characters grow generic, but in small doses these essays are brain candy that will appeal equally to urban romantics and anti-romantics.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex In The City-oholic Aug. 30 2013
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I've watched all the Sex and the City episodes and it is really interesting to see where the episodes come from. For a sex and the city buff it's a great read. I have to admit that I was able to sink into One Fifth Ave and Lipstick Jungle more however I really enjoyed this read because you can see where all of the episodes stem from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good March 15 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
it arrived on time and i was happy with its condition. it shows a interesting side to where and how sex and the city came to be
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THERE IS SOMETHING BETTER! July 1 2004
Format:Paperback
Look. Seriously, now. If you like the show or the book even a little bit, you realllllly need to investigate books by Cynthia Heimel. Heimel was the original and she remains the best. She's smarter and funnier and a thousand times more interesting than Candace Bushnell or Carrie Bradshaw. Heimel is a little grittier than SATC. She's weak for shoes and designer clothes but she lives strictly in the real world. Please, please PLEASE read "Sex Tip For Girls" or "But Enough About You" or "If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet" if you want to see what Candace Bushnell is DESPERATELY TRYING to do! Try Heimel once. You'll never read Bushnell again. You're welcome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Columnist not novelist Nov. 12 2003
Format:Paperback
Articles made short & sweet (or sour), quirky interest every week written by a columnist for the New York Observer. These in turn were collected & became a book sold in the women's cultural study, non-fiction section of the bookstore. One can see where the characters for the TV show were created but Sex & the City is not a novel, no thought out flowing plot, only the weekly articles Bushnell created for the amusement of New Yorkers about the how the other half lives. It's not that raunchy, not that pretty, it's pretty sad actually (for the people she writes about). The style is that of a columnist not a novelist, so don't expect the TV show only the basic elements for the show lie hidden within...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sex and the City April 16 2008
By Jan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a letdown this book turned out to be! It bears almost no resemblance to the TV series which I love so much. The writing is rambling and confusing, and the characters are very shallow and superficial--totally lacking in warmth, humanity, and credibility. The script writers were geniuses to make the TV series as good as it was, since Candace Bushnell gave them so little material to work with. Putting SJP on the cover as Carrie is deceptive advertising as far as I'm concerned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Columnist not novelist Oct. 23 2003
Format:Paperback
Articles made short & sweet (or sour), quirky interest every week written by a columnist for the New York Observer. These in turn were collected & became a book sold in the women's cultural study, non-fiction section of the bookstore. One can see where the characters for the TV show were created but Sex & the City is not a novel, no thought out flowing plot, only the weekly articles Bushnell created for the amusement of New Yorkers about the how the other half lives. It's not that raunchy, not that pretty, it's pretty sad actually (for the people she writes about). The style is that of a columnist not a novelist, so don't expect the TV show only the basic elements for the show lie hidden within…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Despite the several warnings in reviews here about confusing the book with the HBO series, it's easy to confuse the two. After all, the typeface and star of the series is featured on the book's cover. Be aware, though, that the book is nothing like the series. The tone, like Bushnell's other fiction, is bitter and empty. The female characters have shallow lives--they are desperate to get or keep their looks, status, or money by any means possible. The friendships which are fundamental to the series are not part of this world. The male characters are no more interesting or realistic. Bushnell can write, but her characters are unrecognizable to me (thank God!) and her cynical point of view makes you feel sorry for her rather than feeling a connection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the Show March 31 2005
By Yvette
Format:Paperback
Alright, so I love the series. I thought, hey the book should be awesome. I understand the book came out first, but I don't know how the show was "based on the book by Candace Bushnell" because it's not really. There are some stories similar.. Big calls her "Kid", but her friends are different, the characters are not the same at all, they don't even do the same things. Carrie is "some journalist". It was hard to read beacause there were so many names to remember, so many stories that weren't related, then it jumped to real life, past, present... everything. I got through half the book and i'm debating whether to continue. So far, it's awful. Stick to the show! Find a differeny author to get life and love advice from.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Get Through It
Not at all as witty, interesting or entertaining as the TV show. One of the few exceptions where the book actually isn't better.
Published on April 28 2011 by WaterRat
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but lacking structure...
This book lacks structure, and often makes no sense at all.
I love sex and the city, so clearly I had to read the book, I was disappointed. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2010 by BosnianBeauty
1.0 out of 5 stars Edith Wharton with a martini my (...)
Bushnell has been hyped as "Edith Wharton with a Martini". If anyone actually believes this, then I am horrified at how low American literature has sunk. Read more
Published on June 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I paid money for this?
Being an avid fan of the series, I decided I had to have the book. What a disappointment. The characters are not even remotely similar to the series and all the witty reparatee... Read more
Published on May 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Your Time
This book is not like the TV series. It is full of useless characters. It jumps from one story line to the next without developing the characters. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Never saw the HBO show and still hated the book
I wanted to demand my money back - I kept reading the book expecting for it to get better, to somehow justify all the hype I've heard about the HBO series, but it was, in a word,... Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by Maria S
1.0 out of 5 stars Less Than 1 Star!!!
This book was probably one of the worst books I've ever read! It so poorly written! (Good thing Bushnell was NOT a writer for the show!)
Take a pass on this book!!
Published on March 19 2004 by P. A. Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not too good!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was funny, sexy, and very straight forward. Having watched all six seasons of the HBO series, I could see where several episodes originated. Read more
Published on March 16 2004
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