Is There Still Sex in the City?

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This is a great updated perspective on what it means to be single - this time, as a woman in your 50's.  Bushnell offers anecdotes about dating, love, and friendship with her typical humour and wit.
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Is There Still Sex In The City is Bushnell's follow up book to her blockbuster Sex and the City.  

Now middle-aged, Bushnell and her friends Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Ta and Marilyn are all experiencing mid-life and all that entails.  Bushnell herself, after marrying in her forties, finds herself getting divorced and having to start all over in a dating world filled with all types of new social media.  And of course, true to form each essay starts with a question.

And so the big question is can one navigate new types of technology, ways to look younger and still find someone to love you for you? Or do you even need a partner?

Especially when you discover all the new jargon you must learn to be a mid-lifer just when your mind begins to have senior moments.  Words such as "cubbing", dating a younger man, or restoration and rejuvenation of certain areas or perhaps mortgaging your house not to prevent, but to dissolve wrinkles.  And the cost??? Astronomical! And it is all exhausting!

In a series of essays, Bushnell takes us through mid-life which includes marriage, divorce, regret at not having children and loss. She of course does this with the same wit and humor which was found in her first book. Only this time there is a much more profound sense of adulthood. We get a glimpse at the landmines these women try to maneuver around, sometimes unsuccessfully, just as they did in their 20's and 30's to hopefully find out who they are and who they can be in their 50's and 60's and beyond.

Thank you #NetGalley #GrovePress #IsThereStillSexInTheCity #CandaceBushnell for the
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Yes, there is still Sex in the City. A new set of friends accompany Bushnell into her middle age escapades of love and loss. For those who are expecting the characters from the first book or the series will be disappointed. Bushnell' s take on relationships has evolved with age and so has her subject matter. The male moniker is no longer Mr. Big but My New Boyfriend or MNB. Stories about MNB were my favorite of the slim volume.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
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The woman who started the Sex and the City franchise is back and it couldn’t have come at a better time.


If you thought dating in your late twenties and early thirties was a challenge, dating in the Hamptons in your fifties is like dancing in a mine field. But never fear, Candace Bushnell is here guide you. Told from the stark point of view of the main character, Candace, while experiencing and observing the pitfalls of aging while looking fabulous, I gobbled it up.


Bushnell writes with naked honesty and it’s one of the things I adore about her. She doesn’t hold back. There’s moments of hilarity and heartbreaking moments that’ll take your breath away. A refreshing take on dating in today’s culture and one I highly recommend.


Perfect for fans of SATC but I must warn you: this is not a sequel to SATC. It is a new chapter for women and dating.


Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.


My Rating: 5 stars
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Oof. Okay, I was initially SO excited to see a new book by the person who brought Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha into our lives, but this was NOT IT, y'all. Instead, I got the author's notes on her personal life after a divorce and navigating her fifties. This just wasn't good, mainly because it was sooooooo freaking boring. Definitely DO NOT recommend.
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This book wasn’t for me. I should have done a better job of reading the description before requesting.
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I really, really wanted to like this book, I just couldn't get in to it. It was hard to  follow along, and confusing at points. There were some good parts, but for me just not enough.
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1 star for tricking me, I was so excited thinking she was gonna talk about millennials and if they are as sexual as the early 2000's  were not old women that are divorced
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3.5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot. I could easily see this become Sex and the City...the later years. It was gossipy, fun and real housewives-esque.

Bushnell writes about her and her circle of friends and their "middle-aged" world - where women often find themselves in the unenviable position of having to start over as their marriages end and their children leave the nest. They deal with inappropriate partners, technology dating, mid-life crises, depression, loneliness, money problems and, in some cases, the good fortune at finding love again.

This is a great beach read and I recommend this to fans of her other work. It's not Carrie and the gang - but it could be.

Thanks to NetGalley and Grove Press for an advanced copy.
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I was really looking forward to reading this- while I am not divorced or 50 (yet) I knew some of the things Candace was experiencing would be relatable. 
This was a fun and easy read- no, its not a Sex and the City follow up with Sarah Jessica Parker, as many readers clearly just assumed and never read the description...but rather a light-hearted look at Candace and her friends as they hit middle-age, post-divorce and figure out how they fit in the dating world- or if they even want to fit in!! 
The short stories she shares have plenty of LOL moments that I think only women in their late 30's and above would really appreciate. The general theme is to stick with those girlfriends (and keep an eye on who they are dating!) because friends (not men) are the true-blue ones still standing in the end! Cute read. Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I was never a huge fan of Sex in the City, but I do know the show. This is a nonfiction book about Candace's recent life post divorce and trying to date again as a middle aged woman. It was funny and definitely had its comical moments, I feel like this book lacked a driving central plot throughout the book. It was more like short episodic stories about the dating adventures her and her friends went on in New York. It was a quick and easy read and I enjoyed it for what it was.
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Really disappointed by the use of the name but to have a different crowd. Pleased that Candace is still as quick witted and sharp tounged as usual.
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Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn, and Candaceas 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.When I started reading I couldn't put it down. Candace Bushnell is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
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If you read the reviews for this book, most of them say the same thing: the description is misleading. The blurb for this book makes it sound like this may involve the SATC characters that we know and love. It doesn’t. This is a memoir of sorts of Candace Bushnell and her friends.

Are the stories that Candace writes about in a similar vein as those that her SATC characters experience? Maybe, if this was the story about them in their 50’s. Here’s the deal; if you take this book and read it for what it is intended to be, a memoir about the current love life of a woman in her 50’s, it is a decent read. However, it is not marketed for that audience and the readers that are gravitating towards this book have different expectations and are disappointed.

Now, I am not near my 50’s and this was not really something I could relate to. It was written well as Candace does know how to write. It’s content was just something that I didn’t gel with.
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I'm a huge fan of SATC and I couldn't wait to find out if there was still sex in the city. What I read was something very different. Although it didn't really love up to expectations of Candace and her legendary books, it was funny and quite entertaining in its own right. 
It was all about a woman in her fifties who just got divorced. Her and her friends think the city has betrayed them and they get together to discuss their lives, relationships, and life as a single fifty something woman. 
There was many cliches in this book that were a bit boring but it was worth the read.
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When I saw Candace Bushnell had a new non-fiction about Sec and the City on NetGalley, I knew I wanted to read it! Unfortunately this book did not work for me. The first half was easy enough to get into with realistic albeit depressing humor on what life in NYC is like for a group of 50+ divorced women but the second half took a turn. It felt disjointed and I wasn’t really sure where we were going. And the ending was...shocking, to say the least. While I know there is truth to what she’s saying about what her life circumstances are for her and her friends, I didn’t realize until I was reading it that I didn’t want to read it. I can’t fault her writing or style but the content of what was written just didn’t work for me but I know that it will for people who are going through similar life changes.🏙
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This was the same level of funny and sexy than what you would expect from a Candace Bushnell book. This isn’t a direct follow up to programme SITC, instead this is about life and dating after fifty in NYC. It was funny, witty and i could not put it down! I really hope she releases more in the future!
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I loved Sex and the City, the TV show. Beginning during my single late 20s, it was a backdrop to my moving to the other side of the world, and finding The One. I organised SATC girls' nights, where we would get together to snack, drink, watch episodes from my boxed sets and discuss our relationships. It was funny, controversial, thought-provoking but not too serious. So, when this came up on NetGalley, I requested it without even reading the summary. 

Unfortunately, I forgot that I didn't actually enjoy the book upon which the show was based - this was before my reviewing days so I don't recall why not. Instead of the update on Carrie & Co, a decade on, that I was expecting, this is a memoir of the author's last decade and her impressions of dating in Middle Age. It's probably the most profoundly depressing book I've ever read.

At the start of the book, Candace loses her dog, her husband divorces her and she is forced by financial and social circumstance to move out of her Manhattan apartment and into The Village. An editor suggests she writes another book and returns to the topic that made her famous - dating. Since she's actually happy enough being single, she recounts the experiences of her friends, as they navigate divorce and the difficulties of starting over, when it is as hard as ever to find a decent man, let alone one you want to have sex with. 

When she finally realises that the most important thing is that he be Nice (I was saddened that she was nearly 60 before she worked this out, when it was the answer all along), she is happy, but almost immediately, terrible things happen to bring her down again. Like I said, depressing. I was constantly reminded how lucky I am to be married to a Nice Man and just have to really hope nothing happens to him.

Throughout the book, she frequently complains about being broke, and yet spends thousands of dollars on shoes and face-creams, and seems to think this is normal. How you can be the writer behind one of the most successful TV shows of the Noughties and end up with no money, without even having spent it raising children is beyond me. It felt like we were being asked to feel sorry for her, and that she needed this to be a success, but really hasn't put much effort into it. In fact the best thing I can say about this book is that it is short. Sadly, it's also boring and unfunny and offers no new insights into how to survive singlehood in your fifties, except for the importance of friends.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review. I'm sorry I couldn't find much to like about it, but note that the majority of other early reviews have the same complaints.
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Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. 

There is always so much hype surrounding Sex in the City.  This book was just okay.  Sequals are hard, especially when they are following something as epic as the original.
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I enjoyed this book. From what I have gathered from the reviews, I think the people that didn’t like this book didn’t read the description very carefully and thought they were getting a book about the tv show. This book is based on Candace Bushnell’s life post-divorce. This story was exactly what I expected it to be and I enjoyed reading it. Even though I am younger than the main character and have never been married I felt like I could relate to what she went through after her divorce. Dating is not easy these days. It’s tough out there and it’s hard to find decent men, not to mention the world has pretty low standards for what a “good” man is these days. This was the first book I have read by Candace Bushnell and I look forward to reading her other books.
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