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Author: Candace Bushnell
Publisher: Grove Press
Published: August 6, 2019
Book Description: Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty.
Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, Is There Still Sex in the City?gathers Bushnell’s signature short, sharp, satirical commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships. Throughout, Bushnell documents 21st century dating phenomenon, such as the “Unintended Cub Situation” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment—a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle aged women, and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty something divorcee. Bushnell also updates one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, “The Bicycle Boys,” a breed of New York man who was always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments. Once an anomaly, Bushnell charts their new ubiquitousness, in addition to where, and how to do your own man stalking via bicycle (and whether or not it’s worth it).
In Is There Still Sex in The City? Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Book Review: I have read every Candace Bushnell book she has ever written. When I saw she had written Is There Still Sex in the City?, I pounced. Buyer beware this is not a continuation of the Sex in the City series, however this a delightful memoir from Bushnell that starts right after she gets divorced.
Being that I just hit 40 this year, I really understood where Bushnell was coming from. Her tales of singledom are just so delightful. I know Carrie Bradshaw is based off Bushnell, so it felt right to read this story and it did not feel so far off.
Bushnell breaks this story up into small chunks almost essay like and she does meander a bit, but overall it was just a fun read. This will make you chuckle, and you tear up throughout the book, but overall. This was a solid read especially for all devoted fans of Sex in the City, you will see a lot of where Carrie and her friends came from.
Thank you NetGalley and Grove Press for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.