All the hype around Carrie Bradshaw and Big hitting the big screen is giving me happy flashbacks to those weekly Sex and the City get togethers — 30 minutes with the TV and another two hours gabbing and laughing with friends. Sure, reruns are on almost every night of the week (or you can reserve the DVDs at the Library), but I seem to need more than that. What will fill that void after I see the movie? A book, perhaps? Here are a few novels I think Sex and the City fans might like; it’s a list for those of us who know it’s more than just the shoes …
How to Be Single by Liz Tuccilllo
Julie Jensen embarks on a tour around the world (France! Bali!) to research a book on single women’s experiences in other cultures, while her friends in New York deal with their own singledom. Tuccillo wrote the nonfiction book He’s Just Not That into You and worked on HBO’s Sex and the City.
Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisenberger
Three friends (a chef, a book editor and one who is independently wealthy) vow to turn their lives around within a year in this witty and catty romp from the author who brought us The Devil Wears Prada.
Because She Can by Bridie Clark
Book editor Claire Truman seems to be on call 24 hours a day for her demanding, high-profile publisher boss, leaving her little time to sort things out with her perfect boyfriend. Reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, this time set in book publishing.
The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum
Attorney Emily Haxby juggles tough cases, a dwindling love affair and a lecherous boss. This book brings added dimensions of the past and family into the fold, while still keeping the single-in-the-city perspective humor.
Me Times Three by Alex Witchel
Sandra, who works for a fashion magazine, finds out that her fiance has been cheating on her — not with just another woman, but with two other women. Lots of Manhattan insider info; Joan Didion (!) called this an “irresistible dissection of love in the city.” And the back cover says Sarah Jessica Parker loved it.
Party Girl by Anna David
Amelia works at a gossip rag called Absolutely Fabulous, tracking down stories on high-partying celebrities (think Paris Hilton). Can she cover the lifestyle of the rich and aimless without succumbing to it?
Killer Heels by Sheryl Anderson
Molly Forrester may remind you of Carrie Bradshaw: She’s a Manhattan magazine columnist and a shoe expert surrounded by a tight group of entertaining friends. The death of an ad exec at the magazine stirs things up into a light mystery (handsome male detective included).
Pick Me Up by Zoe Rice
Gallery director Izzy Duncan’s life turns upside down when her gallery’s benefactor suddenly dies. Ardor may be clouding her judgment about her new boss, who seems intent on taking the business in a new direction. A Booklist review said there’s a “Sex and the City vibe” to this debut novel.