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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786893966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786893966
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Candace Bushnell is the author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, and Trading Up. She has been a columnist for The New York Observer and a contributing editor to Vogue.

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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling novelist whose first book, Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series. Bushnell captured the country's attention with Sex and the City by breaking down the bedroom doors of New York City's rich and beautiful to expose true contemporary stories of sex, love and relationships. The book introduced the nation to "modelizers," "toxic bachelors" and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of a star-studded social scene. With Four Blondes (2000), Bushnell gave readers another uncensored look into the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite. In each of this book's four linked novellas, Bushnell uses wry humor and frank portrayals of love and lust to deliver clever, hilarious and socially relevant portraits of women in New York City. Four Blondes was a critical and commercial hit. And the successes of Sex and the City and Four Blondes created high demand for a new genre of fiction; the chick-lit phenomenon had begun. Bushnell's third novel, Trading Up (2003) is a wickedly funny social satire about a lingerie model whose reach exceeds her grasp and whose new-found celebrity has gone to her head. The book takes place in the months leading up to 9/11, and portrays an era of wearily decadent society in New York. A sharply observant, keenly funny comedy of manners Trading Up is Bushnell at her most sassy and entertaining; this novel caused the The New York Times to call Bushnell "the philosopher queen of a social scene." A movie of Trading Up is currently in production at Lifetime Television. In Lipstick Jungle (2005), her fourth novel, Bushnell explores assumptions about gender roles in family and career. The book follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game. Salon called Bushnell's work "ahead of the curve" Once again, with Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell captured the paradigm of a new breed of career woman facing modern challenges and choices. Lipstick Jungle became the basis for the popular drama on NBC, currently in its second season, and starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price and Andrew McCarthy. Bushnell serves as an executive producer on the show. Bushnell's new novel, One Fifth Avenue, is a modern-day story of old and new money, the always combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York's Gilded Age and that F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Bushnell's New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful-at least to the public eye. "Here are bloggers and bullies, misfits and misanthropes, dear hearts and black hearts, dogfights and catty squalls spun into a darkly humorous chick-lit saga," says Publisher's Weekly. Through her books and television series, Bushnell's work has influenced and defined two generations of women. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award for books (other winners include Joan Didion and Amy Tan), and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award. Bushnell grew up in Connecticut and attended Rice University and New York University. She currently resides in Manhattan.

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The characters are interesting and the story flows very well.
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I wished it had been much longer as I felt I didn't get to know the characters as well as I wanted to.
K. Harris
I really enjoyed every minute of this book and couldnt put it down for hours.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By TV Critic on February 13, 2008
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'Sex and the City' may be her crowning glory, but 'Lipstick Jungle' is definitely her best work. I'm a fan of Candace Bushnell and her writing style. 'Sex and the City' was a great first outing to get the public familiar with her style, 'Four Blondes' was a fun collection of short stories that showed Bushnell's growth as a writer. It's 'Lipstick Jungle' that cements her status as a great storyteller of New York City. The book focuses on the careers and love lives of three friends. While their love lives make for interesting storylines, it's their careers that are the most entertaining in this book.
I enjoyed how each woman has a very different, yet equally glamorous career. Victory struggles to put her fashion business back on top following a horrible spring fashion show. Nico fights to being the head of the magazine division of the company she works for. Then there is Wendy who is the head of a movie company and struggles to get her film made.
Of the three women, I find Nico's fight to the top to be the most compelling story in terms of their careers. In their love lives, Wendy shines as a mother and wife who realizes that even though she has a high powered career, she's looked at as a failure for not being the perfect homemaker she thinks she needs to be. Victory's love life has it's moment's but isn't nearly as interesting as Wendy's or as spicy as the affair Nico has with a young model.
What is great about Bushnell's novel is that even though they are characters living lives of the ultra-rich and famous, they are still relatable. She writes her characters to the point where they seem just as real as you and me.
I highly recommend 'Lipstick Jungle' especially for those who are a fan of 'Sex and the City.'
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Niksic VINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
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If you're in the mood for solid chick-lit entertainment, then "Lipstick Jungle" is for you. This is the second book by Candace Bushnell that I've read (the other being "Sex and the City"), and it's definitely the better of the two. "Lipstick Jungle" chronicles the lives of three highly successful, 40-something women who are living the high life in New York City. The group is comprised of Victory, a fashion designer on the brink of big-time success; Nico, a magazine editor aspiring to take over her boss's job; and Wendy, a movie producer looking to add a few more Oscars to her mantle. Each woman struggles with balancing her personal and professional life, and of course there are plenty of romantic entanglements. I probably would give the book a higher rating if not for the fact that 99% of everything that happens to these women is completely unrealistic, and that the ending feels very rushed and leaves a bit to be desired. Still, I enjoyed the book. It was a quick read and it held my attention the entire time. Hopefully Bushnell's next book will be even better.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Dee on April 23, 2008
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I am going to be honest. I bought this book strictly because I absolutely loved the TV show based on the book. I had never read anything by Candace and I felt that since I was familiar with the story I would enjoy this book. Well the book is even better then the TV show. There is more development and there are more concepts that were not addressed in the TV show. Overall this was a great book and I am definitely now a Candace Bushnell fan. If you enjoyed the TV show then you will definitely enjoy this. If you have never seen the TV show then you will still enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.L. McHale VINE VOICE on January 21, 2009
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I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Bushnell works that have been converted into scripts and shot as TV programs. However, I feel like Ms. Bushnell would make a much better screenwriter than novelist at this point. I found that the basic story line of Lipstick Jungle didn't provide enough drive to make me eager to keep turning the pages. I muddled through as I was a huge fan of the TV show and wanted to see if there was a real ending (after the program was cancelled early due to low ratings). There wasn't and I was very disappointed.

In fact, the characters as written in the novel were actually quite unlikeable and I don't believe I would have finished the book at all had I not already been invested in the characters from watching the show. A real disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Huebner on October 12, 2010
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The makings of a good book, as far as I can tell, are interesting characters that experience growth, a quick moving plot, and a satisfying ending. The book is missing all three ingredients. The characters are coniving, un-likeable, and shallow. And the author continually beats the reader over the head with the fact that these women are "successful." B.S. These women are brats. The plot, well, there isn't one. Except to show just how self-absorbed and rotten these women can be, and to make the men in the book looks like imbeciles. The ending - well, I would have prefered to see the characters learn something and change and grow, not just wrap it up with each of them sneering about their "so-called" successes and counting the bodies they left in their wake. If you insist on reading something by this author try One Fifth, at least that book has a plot and a few interesting characters. Do not waste your time on Lipstick Jungle. And please, whatever you do, do not let the men in your life read this book, they may get the idea that all smart, successful women are as nasty as these characters, which they are not. Too bad Bushnell doesn't agree.
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