Lapsed Pollyanna 5.0 out of 5 stars So the 50s are perfectly dreadful, but wait...! August 9, 2019 "Finally a book that captures what it's like to be a woman over 50 in America. Even the women you think "have it all" and are "set for life" (like Ms. Bushnell) may have a different story to tell. Part cautionary tale (not that you can do much to avoid it so why not throw all caution to the wind kind) and part snappy Bushnell writing that makes it a treat to read, this is a great escape AND there's light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, ladies, the 60s are when you get past the rage and get over your ridiculous young self. Finally. Then you can find true happiness in whatever form that means for you."
Is There Still Sex in the City? Author Candace Bushnell says the answer is YES! By Jennifer Blankfein
Decades after Carrie Bradshaw, a young and hopeful writer for a NYC newspaper, and her girlfriends took on the challenges of sex and dating in the big city, author Candace Bushnell re-examines life in her new book, Is There Still Sex in the City?with a new group of female friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle age today, along with the challenges of mating.
Twenty years ago, Candace Bushnell reshaped the landscape of pop culture, first as a reporter for the New York Observer and then with her book Sex and the City. It became a huge tv hit and spawned two movies, developing a loyal, female following. She published nine books in total, including The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Sex and the City, and Lipstick Jungle, about successful business women friends and their lives with challenges, perks and sacrifices, both of which were popular tv shows.
Is There Still Sex in the City? is inspired by real happenings, based on Bushnell’s and her friends’ escapades with men, their female friendships and the ups and downs of midlife. A keen social observer, her stories are delivered with distinct style and humor.
I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Candace Bushnell on the eve of the release of her latest book, Is There Still Sex in the City? at the Westport Library in Westport CT in front of a crowd of more than 300 people and we learned how her new book came about and some of her findings when researching middle age dating trends!
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? follows a cohort of female friends—Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn, and Candace—as they navigate the ever-modernizing phenomena of midlife dating and relationships. There’s “Cubbing,” 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. From the high highs (My New Boyfriend or MNBs) to the low lows (Middle Age Madness, or MAM cycles), Bushnell illustrates with humor and acuity today’s relationship landscape and the types that roam it.
Drawing from her own experience, in Is There Still Sex in the City? Bushnell spins a smart, lively satirical story of 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 an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century from one of our most important social commentators.
Candace Bushnell is an international bestselling author of nine books!
Candace Bushnell at the Westport Library.
Bedside Reading's very own Jennifer Blankfein asked Candace Bushnell questions about her latest book.
Blankfein writes a book review blog, Book Nation by Jen. See her work here.