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.
Praise for IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY?
A BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER for US WEEKLY, ELLE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, NEWSDAY, and POPSUGAR
“Calling all Carrie Bradshaw fans: Bushnell returns two decades after Sex and the City with a new book about sex and dating after 50.”—US WEEKLY, “Hot Reads”
“Is there still sex in the city? Obviously. But you don't want any dummy telling you about it. Candace Bushnell only. The original!”—ELLE MAGAZINE, “Best Books to read this summer”
“It’s hard out there for a cougar. But for Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, it’s exactly the age when women need her the most. Her latest book addresses ...women in their 50s and 60s who suddenly find themselves dating again. As with its predecessor [Sex and the City] there is no shortage of catchphrase-worthy sentiments.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, “summer’s hottest reads”
“Like its predecessor, it’s a dishy report on the friendships and sex lives of New Yorkers, now inescapably middle-aged.”—NEWSDAY, “best summer books”
“You know the title. You watched the show. Maybe you even saw the movies. Candace Bushnell is back doing what she knows best: chronicling the lives of women and how they find love. This time, she turns her lens on middle-aged men and women, and the result is pure magic. At turns wistful and sad, thoughtful and funny, Is There Still Sex In The City? is even better than the original.”—POPSUGAR, "best new books to put in your beach bag"
“It’s hard out there for a cougar. But for Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, it’s exactly the age when women need her the most.... Her latest book addresses women in their 50s and 60s who suddenly find themselves dating again.”—YAHOO ENTERTAINMENT, “summer books preview”
“A collection of commentaries and recounted hijinks (and lojinks)… Sometimes funny, sometimes silly, sometimes quite sad—i.e., an accurate portrait of life in one's 50s.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
Praise for SEX AND THE CITY
“Bushnell [is] the modern flame carrier of an established literary tradition: that of American (usually New York) women writers depicting the rigid social and slackening sexual rules of a very particular American (and, again, usually New York) set through a mix of close personal knowledge and fiction. Edith Wharton, Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy can all be cited, in varying degrees, as Bushnell's predecessors, with a bit of Elaine Dundy thrown in...Compared with the hugely popular television series, the book is tough, unapologetic and jittery with anxiety.... hilarious, hard-edged, delightful, harsh, elegant and fun.”—THE GUARDIAN
“The book that sparked a cultural phenomenon.”—OPRAH
“I did not move to New York because I watched Sex and the City. I moved to New York because I read it...[it is] dark and cynical and weird....Everyone is mean, and selfish, and complicated, and many of them are not rich, and most of them have wardrobes that go unmentioned... All are reported with Bushnell’s savvy reporter’s eye.”—GARAGE VICE
"Fascinating....Hilarious."—LOS ANGELES TIMES