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By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show’s twentieth anniversary. When Candace Bushnell started writing her “Sex and the City” column for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show’s twentieth anniversary. When Candace Bushnell started writing her “Sex and the City” column for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord, making her a citywide—and soon nationwide—sensation. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought Bushnell’s vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for an HBO series. His four main characters: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex, and elevated the perception of singlehood. With their fashion-forward lifestyle, they launched a barrage of trends, from fabric flower accessories to Manolo Blahnik shoes to Cosmopolitan cocktails. Sex and the City and Us is the story of how a columnist, two gay men—Darren Star and fellow executive producer Michael Patrick King—and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon, pushing the boundaries of television and ignited a national conversation about single women and sex in the process. While the show’s feminist merits continue to fuel debate, it taught viewers—male and female, gay and straight—about sex, and demonstrated that single women could support each other through life’s tribulations, even as men came and went. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City and Us brings us behind-the-scenes for a nostalgic look at a TV series that changed the way women everywhere see themselves.


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By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show’s twentieth anniversary. When Candace Bushnell started writing her “Sex and the City” column for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show’s twentieth anniversary. When Candace Bushnell started writing her “Sex and the City” column for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord, making her a citywide—and soon nationwide—sensation. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought Bushnell’s vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for an HBO series. His four main characters: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex, and elevated the perception of singlehood. With their fashion-forward lifestyle, they launched a barrage of trends, from fabric flower accessories to Manolo Blahnik shoes to Cosmopolitan cocktails. Sex and the City and Us is the story of how a columnist, two gay men—Darren Star and fellow executive producer Michael Patrick King—and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon, pushing the boundaries of television and ignited a national conversation about single women and sex in the process. While the show’s feminist merits continue to fuel debate, it taught viewers—male and female, gay and straight—about sex, and demonstrated that single women could support each other through life’s tribulations, even as men came and went. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City and Us brings us behind-the-scenes for a nostalgic look at a TV series that changed the way women everywhere see themselves.

30 review for Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I was college student thousands of miles away from NYC when Sex and The City first debuted. But that didn’t matter. We were hooked. Watch parties, identifying ourselves with certain characters, falling deeply in love with NYC....it all happened because of this one little show on HBO. We would all pile in one of our apartments on those hot summer Sunday nights and watch with our eyes glued to the TV.....what fun, flirty, (hysterical!) situations Carrie, Miranda, Samantha & Charlotte would get the I was college student thousands of miles away from NYC when Sex and The City first debuted. But that didn’t matter. We were hooked. Watch parties, identifying ourselves with certain characters, falling deeply in love with NYC....it all happened because of this one little show on HBO. We would all pile in one of our apartments on those hot summer Sunday nights and watch with our eyes glued to the TV.....what fun, flirty, (hysterical!) situations Carrie, Miranda, Samantha & Charlotte would get themselves tangled up in! So many great memories are associated with this show...It’s hard to explain...but back then before DVR, TiVo, Netflix, online streaming.... those Sunday night watch parties were some of the BEST girl bonding moments in life! This book brought with it some of those magical memories, along with an in-depth look on how certain episodes were brought to life! This book was definitely written for all my girls out there who remember those Sunday nights with Carrie and the girls! **4-stars!** ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess | thegreeneyedreader

    5/5 stars: I LOVED every single page in this book. If you are SATC fan, interested in how iconic shows like this one get made, or even if you enjoyed the show half as much as I did—this is the book for you! Which SATC character do you most relate to? 🍸I think I am a mixture of Carrie and Miranda, but I always adored Charlotte! Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (author of Seinfeldia and writer of several pop culture publications) brings us a well-written in dept look behind the scenes of a popular tv cul 5/5 stars: I LOVED every single page in this book. If you are SATC fan, interested in how iconic shows like this one get made, or even if you enjoyed the show half as much as I did—this is the book for you! Which SATC character do you most relate to? 🍸I think I am a mixture of Carrie and Miranda, but I always adored Charlotte! Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (author of Seinfeldia and writer of several pop culture publications) brings us a well-written in dept look behind the scenes of a popular tv cultural phenomenon that was and is #sexandthecity. The HBO show, created by Darren Star, co-produced by Michael Patrick King, and inspired by Candace Bushnell’s column and persona- Carrie Bradshaw, broke new ground in television by focusing on a main cast of four single thirty-something women. The show grew and matured overtime, but stayed true to its themes of female equality, empowerment and friendship. This book is part history lesson on New York, the creation of the show, and the feminism movement, and part nostalgic tribute to such an amazing show. It is also quick to point out some of the show’s shortcomings. I found this book to be both informative and delightful. There were several instances where the book discussed the choices made for specific scenes, both in terms of plot and style, where I found myself wishing I had the show playing in front of me for reference. I made several highlights to these references where I intend to go back and watch these scenes again, armed this time with the information I have learned in this book. I simply cannot say enough good things about this book and The author’s writing style. This is definitely a #mustread and I hope you will. *** Thanks to Simon and Schuster for gifting me an earc of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. ***

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I am such a big fan of Sex and the City that I still watch the reruns every chance I get. I practically know the dialogue by heart! My husband and I watched every season when the series was on HBO. So I was excited to hear that Jennifer Armstrong was writing a book about the show, especially since I loved her books on "Seinfeld"(Seinfeldia) and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." (Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted). I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and full of interesting tidbits, interviews I am such a big fan of Sex and the City that I still watch the reruns every chance I get. I practically know the dialogue by heart! My husband and I watched every season when the series was on HBO. So I was excited to hear that Jennifer Armstrong was writing a book about the show, especially since I loved her books on "Seinfeld"(Seinfeldia) and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." (Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted). I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and full of interesting tidbits, interviews and stories about Sex and the City. I've read a lot about the show and the actors who starred in it over the years, so I knew some of what's in the book. But there are many things even a super fan like me didn't know. This book should please fans of the show very much. There are some photos included. I highly recommend it! I got this from the library and I'm not eager to return it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    I’ve been binging an old podcast by Dolly Alderton called Love Stories and I’ve become obsessed with it! Anyway, another podcast was recommended to me called Sentimental Garbage based off my listening to Dolly Alderton, and I learned they are currently recapping the seasons of Sex and the City so I began listening to the season 1 episode and this book was recommended. I listened to it within a few hours. It’s an interesting behind the scenes look into how the iconic show came to be and what made I’ve been binging an old podcast by Dolly Alderton called Love Stories and I’ve become obsessed with it! Anyway, another podcast was recommended to me called Sentimental Garbage based off my listening to Dolly Alderton, and I learned they are currently recapping the seasons of Sex and the City so I began listening to the season 1 episode and this book was recommended. I listened to it within a few hours. It’s an interesting behind the scenes look into how the iconic show came to be and what made it work and how the changes it brought to pop culture and the lives of women.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Athena

    I picked this book up as I needed a lighter read after a string of heavy-hitters and something pithy enough to be able to read through the mania of a move. While overall, I guess this book is light and interesting, I was pretty disappointed as I had expected something different. With a subtitle like "How Four Single Women Changed the way we Think, Live, and Love", I thought there would be more sociological analysis, more unpacking of the broader context of storylines through the show and how the I picked this book up as I needed a lighter read after a string of heavy-hitters and something pithy enough to be able to read through the mania of a move. While overall, I guess this book is light and interesting, I was pretty disappointed as I had expected something different. With a subtitle like "How Four Single Women Changed the way we Think, Live, and Love", I thought there would be more sociological analysis, more unpacking of the broader context of storylines through the show and how they impacted the world as it was when the show was airing. But this was very much not the case- the book more reads like a documentary style of how the show came to be, how the writers came to be the writers on the show, and how certain styles ended up being on-screen. It was enjoyable enough but much more surface level than I'd expected or hoped for. Would recommend to those who want a light read about Sex and the City, especially those who have seen every episode-- there are a lot of call backs to specific scenes which was kind of fun. Would not recommend to those looking for any sort of critical analysis of the show, characters, or story arcs!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather Fineisen

    Sex and the City was one of my all-time favorite shows so I would guess I am the perfect reader for this book. Armstrong provides an interesting story from the beginning of the series through the two somewhat sad movies. I haven't seen the second movie but I will take her well informed word for it. I wish Armstrong would have included more personal anecdotes as the introduction was written. That said, the writers and their stories of coming up with plots made up for it and I enjoyed reliving som Sex and the City was one of my all-time favorite shows so I would guess I am the perfect reader for this book. Armstrong provides an interesting story from the beginning of the series through the two somewhat sad movies. I haven't seen the second movie but I will take her well informed word for it. I wish Armstrong would have included more personal anecdotes as the introduction was written. That said, the writers and their stories of coming up with plots made up for it and I enjoyed reliving some of my favorite character moments on the page. Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm

    I was a big fan of Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw was my ultimate fashion muse and her friends were definitely #squadgoals (my favorite character was Charlotte, though). It was interesting to read this new book by Jennifer K Armstrong. Learning about the back story of Candace Bushnell and the author herself, plus the back stories of the fabulous characters and men and women behind the hit TV show was such an honorific opportunity. It was great to reminisce about TV's prime and staple show, tha I was a big fan of Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw was my ultimate fashion muse and her friends were definitely #squadgoals (my favorite character was Charlotte, though). It was interesting to read this new book by Jennifer K Armstrong. Learning about the back story of Candace Bushnell and the author herself, plus the back stories of the fabulous characters and men and women behind the hit TV show was such an honorific opportunity. It was great to reminisce about TV's prime and staple show, that launched the careers of actors and actresses like SJP and Chris Noth, and I really was amazed at how the production staff and the people behind the scenes were able to show the best and worst NYC had to offer. I love how the author also interviewed the celebrities involved int he show, and how Darren Star made this show a phenomenon. Quite an interesting read! 3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I loved Sex and the City (still do!) so was excited to listen to this. Although it revealed very little that I didn't already know, it was a delicious romp down memory lane and I loved reliving the various scenes, characters, and, of course, outfits! One aspect that was super interesting was how hard it ended up being for the female writers to get dates. Because of course most normal guys would be a tad wary about dating someone who wrote for that show. All in, a super fun read/listen. I loved Sex and the City (still do!) so was excited to listen to this. Although it revealed very little that I didn't already know, it was a delicious romp down memory lane and I loved reliving the various scenes, characters, and, of course, outfits! One aspect that was super interesting was how hard it ended up being for the female writers to get dates. Because of course most normal guys would be a tad wary about dating someone who wrote for that show. All in, a super fun read/listen.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katee

    Like many who were too young to watch Sex and the City when it premiered, I was introduced to it in college. My friends and I would sit and watch DVDs from a box set as we were still figuring out our adult identities of ourselves. Sometimes we would watch it too when we had big life change, such as life changing break-ups, because Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte seemed like women in our group of friends. As talked about in this book, and for anyone who's a fan of the show, you always see Like many who were too young to watch Sex and the City when it premiered, I was introduced to it in college. My friends and I would sit and watch DVDs from a box set as we were still figuring out our adult identities of ourselves. Sometimes we would watch it too when we had big life change, such as life changing break-ups, because Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte seemed like women in our group of friends. As talked about in this book, and for anyone who's a fan of the show, you always see yourself as one, if not a combination, of those women. For instance, I see myself as a Miranda although my friends joked I was the Samantha of dating in college. That is the joy of Sex and the City. Sex and the City and Us provides a behind-the-scenes look at how this show came to be. From its start as a column by Candace Bushnell to the powerhouse series that produced two films (we don't need to talk about the second). At times this story did seem to drag and I found myself wanting just a little bit more but since the majority of the stories were taken from the writer's lives it's not unexpected we didn't know more. They already told those stories in the scripts we watched while devouring the series. I still learned a lot of things I didn't know about the series and how some of the more pivotal moments in the show were made. Needless to say it has lead to some re-watching of episodes. As the book points out, Sex and the City is a show unlike any other. Sometimes lude and crude, it still boils down to showing the power of female friendships. We may not always like each other but we will always have each other's back. Friends are like family and sometimes those bonds are tighter than that of your own family. Also it's okay to let a little bit of your inner Samantha show...be who you really are and your friends will always support you. Thanks Sex and the City!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I watched Sex and the City on DVD long after the series was over so I wasn’t really invested in the series but found it fun to watch. I found this book quite interesting and a quick read but it also has quite a bit of heart.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    This felt more like a book I would have been assigned in one of my media courses in college than something for a fan of the series to read for fun. Even though the author had access to much of the cast and crew, it just didn’t feel intimate in any way. “Clinical” is the word that keeps springing to mind. It did make me want to watch the series again though!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jones Hullinger

    Obviously a love for SATC is a must. Is it the best book ever written no. It is a must read for fans? Abso-fucking-lutley. See you have to be a die hard fan for that one. It was fantastic to rekindle my love for the show and all it generated.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cooper

    I loved SATC! As a poor college student I didn't have HBO and didn't see an episode until a friend invited me over for a SATC watch party. I'll never forget my first episode! La Douleur Exquise. They had me at Rick9Plus and BigTool4U. Right after Season 6, I had the great pleasure of going on a SATC tour bus, enjoying The Pleasure Chest, cupcakes in front of Magnolia (where we were had Buttercup cupcakes (read p. 135), and a cosmo at the bar that stood in for Steve's bar. Reading the origins of C I loved SATC! As a poor college student I didn't have HBO and didn't see an episode until a friend invited me over for a SATC watch party. I'll never forget my first episode! La Douleur Exquise. They had me at Rick9Plus and BigTool4U. Right after Season 6, I had the great pleasure of going on a SATC tour bus, enjoying The Pleasure Chest, cupcakes in front of Magnolia (where we were had Buttercup cupcakes (read p. 135), and a cosmo at the bar that stood in for Steve's bar. Reading the origins of Candace Bushnell's story and the genesis of what would become SATC made me love the show even more. Although I didn't always agree with Ms. Armstrong's opinion, the show did prove it could evoke differing emotions among the viewers. During many of the shows my friends and I would turn to each other and wonder if our conversations were being recorded. I mean, how the characters and storylines could so closely mirror our own conversations was almost spooky. We had a single friend who decided to spend more time with her married friends in hope of finding a husband. So when we watched "Where's There Smoke" and saw Charlotte spending time with her married friends in hopes of finding a husband, we were so bemused at how art was imitating life we couldn't stop laughing. That's how in-tune this show was! It is interesting how critics viewed the show vs how it received The Sopranos. Quite frankly, I'm just not that into critics. "Its (SATC) portrayal of women as layered characters, flawed and sometimes unlikeable, freed the women of television and the women who watched them to embrace more than the traditionally feminine role meant to delight men at all costs." (p. 111)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Bouchard

    As a lover of SATC was super excited to find this at the library. While I enjoyed a good majority of it, there was also quite a bit of it I found dry, or more of a litany of names rather than interesting insight into how this show shaped a generation of women. The author tried to go chronologically but it seemed more like the timeline of the show interspersed with the author trying to make various social connections to the show. I still enjoyed and would recommend, maybe just had too high expect As a lover of SATC was super excited to find this at the library. While I enjoyed a good majority of it, there was also quite a bit of it I found dry, or more of a litany of names rather than interesting insight into how this show shaped a generation of women. The author tried to go chronologically but it seemed more like the timeline of the show interspersed with the author trying to make various social connections to the show. I still enjoyed and would recommend, maybe just had too high expectations going into it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    You'd have to be a pretty big fan to enjoy this book. I am, so I did read it through, but I definitely skimmed parts. The book details how the show got off the ground, how the creative minds came together to write and produce the show, where the writers got all of the ideas, how the costumer played in, that sort of thing. There is really no point to the book... You'd have to be a pretty big fan to enjoy this book. I am, so I did read it through, but I definitely skimmed parts. The book details how the show got off the ground, how the creative minds came together to write and produce the show, where the writers got all of the ideas, how the costumer played in, that sort of thing. There is really no point to the book...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Orlando

    I DEVOURED this book. I’m curious as to what was edited out, as I just wanted more. It opened up so many interesting topics of discussion, particularly to do with race and bisexuality in pop culture, to what it means to be a modern feminist. I wish the author was given free reign to delve even deeper into these discussions. And I could be in the minority, but I’d read an encyclopedia of SATC episode breakdowns, outfit choices, and discussions by cast and crew. (Also reluctantly admit: my friends I DEVOURED this book. I’m curious as to what was edited out, as I just wanted more. It opened up so many interesting topics of discussion, particularly to do with race and bisexuality in pop culture, to what it means to be a modern feminist. I wish the author was given free reign to delve even deeper into these discussions. And I could be in the minority, but I’d read an encyclopedia of SATC episode breakdowns, outfit choices, and discussions by cast and crew. (Also reluctantly admit: my friends and I did the bus tour in 2005. We were young.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paganalexandria

    I was expecting this to be different. It was more about the writer than the show, and didn't hold my interest. I didn't read enough to feel comfortable rating this. received ARC from Netgalley I was expecting this to be different. It was more about the writer than the show, and didn't hold my interest. I didn't read enough to feel comfortable rating this. received ARC from Netgalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria Anneliese

    I got an advance copy of this back in 2018 and sat on it for no particular reason--just getting distracted by newer, shinier books probably. Plus I don't read a lot of nonfiction so it just wasn't the first thing I thought of when looking for my next read. I started this maybe a week ago, just days before the news that Willie Garson passed away, so my reading has eerily coincided with his public mourning and sudden wave of nostalgia for the series. But reading this book will trigger nostalgia for I got an advance copy of this back in 2018 and sat on it for no particular reason--just getting distracted by newer, shinier books probably. Plus I don't read a lot of nonfiction so it just wasn't the first thing I thought of when looking for my next read. I started this maybe a week ago, just days before the news that Willie Garson passed away, so my reading has eerily coincided with his public mourning and sudden wave of nostalgia for the series. But reading this book will trigger nostalgia for anyone who watched SATC, no matter what else is going on. I grew up on this show, watching it with my dad who was also a big fan, my brother gave me the whole DVD set for my 22nd birthday, and I have been a confirmed Miranda since I was a teenager. So I am 100% this book's target audience and for people like me, it absolutely delivers: anecdotes about some of the series' most memorable episodes and outfits, how the different viewpoints of the writers shaped the overall trajectory of the series, an examination of the cultural landscape it was born in, and how utterly changed it left that landscape, the last two being the most interesting parts for me personally. As an elder millennial, for as long as I've been culturally aware, HBO has been the network of note, the big name in prestige television. But as I learned during reading, before SATC, most people just knew it as where to watch boxing--SATC was its breakout show before The Sopranos cemented its status as a purveyor of boundary pushing TV. I also learned that a cosmopolitan was kind of an obscure drink when it first aired, and that Candace Bushnell's original column was much more cynical and dark than the show turned out to be (which, in a rewatch as I'm now currently doing, you can absolutely see the tone shift as the series moved away from its source material). Pretty much every page was interesting, from the creation of the theme music to the real identities behind the characters created by Candace Bushnell (including Mr. Big). My only criticism was that I wish it had gone deeper with the cultural analysis. The show's legacy is just touched on in the last chapter when discussing the influence in later shows like Girls and Broad City. But its impact goes much further than just television, and I wish the author had delved into that a little more. But it's still a very fun, quick, nostalgia-packed read that totally delivers for SATC fans.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hartfiel

    If you're a fan of Sex and the City (and I am) then this is a very enjoyable behind the scenes look at this iconic show that you can whip through in an afternoon or two at the beach. Armstrong starts right from the very beginning covering off how the show came to be and follows it through it's six seasons, two movies and how it has influenced television and film that's come after it. Having just re-watched the entire series from start to finish and seeing it through very different eyes than I di If you're a fan of Sex and the City (and I am) then this is a very enjoyable behind the scenes look at this iconic show that you can whip through in an afternoon or two at the beach. Armstrong starts right from the very beginning covering off how the show came to be and follows it through it's six seasons, two movies and how it has influenced television and film that's come after it. Having just re-watched the entire series from start to finish and seeing it through very different eyes than I did the first time, when I was much younger (i.e.... originally I identified with Carrie but on second viewing I was much more in tune with Miranda!), reading this book was like a nice way to wrap the show up for me. It's peppered with interviews and anecdotes from the cast and crew and, particularly, the writing staff, who drew on their own dating and life experiences to come up with the storylines. It was interesting to see how divided the writing staff was on how the series would end. While a lot is written in this book about how groundbreaking and influential the show was, not just for television and the entertainment world in general, but also for smart, independent women and the LGBTQ community, Armstrong doesn't shy away from discussing the show's very noticeable shortcomings (lack of diversity being a chief one - especially in a city that is known for it's diversity!). Also, interestingly, I had forgotten the that "He's Just Not Into You" book came out of a single line on Sex and the City! The book moves quickly, it's very engaging and easy to read and quite funny in spots. All in all, a great summer read. I will be checking out Armstrong's Seinfeldia (one of my other favourite shows) after enjoying this one so much!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of SEX AND THE CITY AND US by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong - all opinions are my own. I am a forever fan of Sex and the City so this book was a definite must read for me! With the fabulous backdrop of New York City, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha have provided hours of entertainment, humor, insight, and valuable girl talk that I stayed up late into the wee hours of the night binge-watching. This is a retrospective, detailed b Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of SEX AND THE CITY AND US by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong - all opinions are my own. I am a forever fan of Sex and the City so this book was a definite must read for me! With the fabulous backdrop of New York City, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha have provided hours of entertainment, humor, insight, and valuable girl talk that I stayed up late into the wee hours of the night binge-watching. This is a retrospective, detailed book that is the perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking show. I absolutely loved it!! SEX AND THE CITY AND US is a well-researched, comprehensive look at the show’s extensive writing process, contains interviews of some of the cast and crew members, and provides an “in the making” from Candace Bushnell’s column all the way through both manifested films. Rather than be a gossip tell-all, the book focuses on the creativity that contributed to the show’s success. And let’s not forget all that amazing fashion! I especially enjoyed the sections on the writing process because it mainly includes female writers who used their real life dating experiences as ideas for some of my favorite episodes. And of course, author Candace Bushnell, the show’s creator Darren Star, and executive producer Michael Patrick King give important insight and a behind-the-scenes account of this iconic show along with a stellar introduction that dives right in. Clearly, Armstrong is a fanatic like myself, but she remains honest about the cultural influences of the show and also about the second film (not my fav...eek!). SEX AND THE CITY AND US is a sharp, honest, and thoughtful look into the provocative show we all know and love. Highly recommended!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Detailed look at the making of Sex and the City. What adult or teen American woman has not seen themselves as a Carrie, a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha? Sometimes all four in the course of a week. Sex and the City’s characters became the new archetypes of a generation as The Breakfast Club had for the prior era. Watching Sex and the City now, it seems almost old-fashioned in our gender-fluid racial-diverse millennial culture where tiny houses and recycling are fashionable and conspicuous con Detailed look at the making of Sex and the City. What adult or teen American woman has not seen themselves as a Carrie, a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha? Sometimes all four in the course of a week. Sex and the City’s characters became the new archetypes of a generation as The Breakfast Club had for the prior era. Watching Sex and the City now, it seems almost old-fashioned in our gender-fluid racial-diverse millennial culture where tiny houses and recycling are fashionable and conspicuous consumption is not. Sex and the City and Us tries to explain the magic of the series. It is well researched and interesting. However, the book was written so far after the end of the show that it seems culturally irrelevant, at least to me. However, Sex and the City and Us is perfect for readers wanting to break into show business as either actors, writers, directors, producers or even costumers. There are many details about how the show was created and run from each of those perspectives. It also relates some of the issues of being in the business like waiting six months for the first episode to air. Should the actors, writers, and directors take other “permanent” jobs or wait to see if the show is a hit? Sex and the City and Us is also a good choice for hard-core fans of the show. Many of the underlying reasons for some of the quixotic decisions within the show are explained. For most other readers, it is a long slog. Still it rates 4 stars if you fall into one of the above groups! Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. From the title of this book, I was expecting it to be the authors journey through Sex and the City and how it influenced her life. It does start out this way but quickly becomes a biography of the show with some cultural references thrown in. Saying all that, I really enjoyed this book; I enjoyed reminiscing about a show I was addicted to 15 years ago and getting to see how this show influenced a generation of women. I also li I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. From the title of this book, I was expecting it to be the authors journey through Sex and the City and how it influenced her life. It does start out this way but quickly becomes a biography of the show with some cultural references thrown in. Saying all that, I really enjoyed this book; I enjoyed reminiscing about a show I was addicted to 15 years ago and getting to see how this show influenced a generation of women. I also like how the author called out the issues in the show such as white washing and unflattering portrayals of LBGTQ characters. Overall an interesting read that keep me entertained for an evening.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Forys

    This was a fun book! I’m not a super fan but have ended up watching this show a lot over the years and seen the profound influence it had over what was stylish and popular in my middle and high school years. Name plate necklaces, cupcakes, fendi, etc. Not to mention “he’s just not that into you.” The sage dating advice book that served me well. This book had a great blend of tell-all, behind the scenes insight and sociological perspective. A low intensity read for anyone who watched the show in i This was a fun book! I’m not a super fan but have ended up watching this show a lot over the years and seen the profound influence it had over what was stylish and popular in my middle and high school years. Name plate necklaces, cupcakes, fendi, etc. Not to mention “he’s just not that into you.” The sage dating advice book that served me well. This book had a great blend of tell-all, behind the scenes insight and sociological perspective. A low intensity read for anyone who watched the show in its entirety.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Ruiz Andrews

    This book doesn’t break a ton of new news about SATC, but I still think it’s a must read for fans (and fanatics) like me for the way it tells the comprehensive, beginning to end story of the show and its pop cultural impact. I was especially into the beginning of the book, which dove in to Candace Bushnell’s column, how it morphed into the show and the initial stodgy and super sexist critical reception (by mostly male critics!) Abso-fucking-lutely a treat!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachael | booksforbrunch

    It's obvious that this is a book for any and all Sex and the City fans. I learned a lot more than I thought I would! The most exciting chapters for me were learning the process of developing the column/book into a show, how far mediums will bring a story, and what is the best way to tell it. It was especially interesting hearing about the sets and writing of each episode. As a writer, I benefited from hearing about the joint effort a show like SATC requires and how these talented people helped s It's obvious that this is a book for any and all Sex and the City fans. I learned a lot more than I thought I would! The most exciting chapters for me were learning the process of developing the column/book into a show, how far mediums will bring a story, and what is the best way to tell it. It was especially interesting hearing about the sets and writing of each episode. As a writer, I benefited from hearing about the joint effort a show like SATC requires and how these talented people helped shaped my youth.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie T

    I had to fight the urge to shelve this on my "fluff" shelf, reminding myself that just because it's about women and has a hot pink martini glass cover doesn't mean it can't be a serious book. It is fun, but what drove me to give it 5 stars was that the author talks about the context of the show - how it reacted to events (e.g. 9/11); how the show was perceived at the time; and some failings of SATC. I had to fight the urge to shelve this on my "fluff" shelf, reminding myself that just because it's about women and has a hot pink martini glass cover doesn't mean it can't be a serious book. It is fun, but what drove me to give it 5 stars was that the author talks about the context of the show - how it reacted to events (e.g. 9/11); how the show was perceived at the time; and some failings of SATC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was enjoyable and a nice nostalgic walk through the show. I liked reading about the creative process but most of the book is just fan service, nothing too deep. I did find it interesting to see how many critics panned it, I understand some of the gripes about the lifestyle and the lack of diversity but some of it feels vaguely mysogynistic when I don't remember male-centered shows getting panned for violence and sex. This was enjoyable and a nice nostalgic walk through the show. I liked reading about the creative process but most of the book is just fan service, nothing too deep. I did find it interesting to see how many critics panned it, I understand some of the gripes about the lifestyle and the lack of diversity but some of it feels vaguely mysogynistic when I don't remember male-centered shows getting panned for violence and sex.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Having binged the series a third time in prep for its reboot, I felt now was the time to pick up this journalistic review of the series’ impact on American culture. This is a fizzy walkthrough of how the show was conceived and written, and how its meteoric rise in the zeitgeist affected how society views relationships and sex today. Fun anecdotes add to the fun. A must for any SATC fan.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    I'm a huge fan of Sex and the City. I just recently watched all the seasons over a few months. As for this book, not a fan. Thank you to author, publisher, and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. I'm a huge fan of Sex and the City. I just recently watched all the seasons over a few months. As for this book, not a fan. Thank you to author, publisher, and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Molly Sanchez

    A really fun behind the scenes look at one of my favorite shows. Such a thoughtful take on the culture of “choice feminism” that’s as much a critique as it is something that vindicates the cultural impact of this show

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