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

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The bestselling author of Seinfeldia offers a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, in a "bubbly, yet fierce cultural dissection of the groundbreaking show" (Chicago Tribune).

This is the story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers' room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. They endured shock, slut-shaming, and a slew of nasty reviews on their way to eventual--if still often begrudging--respect. The show wasn't perfect, but it revolutionized television for women.

When Candace Bushnell began writing 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. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought her vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for HBO. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha launched a barrage of trends, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women's relationship to sex and elevated the perception of singlehood.

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, "Jennifer Keishin Armstrong brings readers inside the writers' room and into the scribes' lives...The writing is fizzy and funny, but she still manages an in-depth look at a show that's been analyzed for decades, giving readers a retrospective as enjoyable as a $20 pink cocktail" (The Washington Post). Sex and the City and Us is both a critical and nostalgic behind-the-scenes look at a television series that changed the way women see themselves.

Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
May 07, 2019
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.7 X 8.7 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781501164835

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About the Author

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything; Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted; and Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love. She worked at Entertainment Weekly for a decade, and has written for many publications, including BBC Culture, the New York Times Book Review, Vice, New York magazine, and Billboard. She also speaks about pop culture history and creativity. Armstrong lives in New York City.

Reviews

"Armstrong brings readers inside the writers' room and into the scribes' lives... The writing is fizzy and funny, but she still manages an in-depth look at a show that's been analyzed for decades, giving readers a retrospective as enjoyable as a $20 pink cocktail."
-- The Washington Post

"Armstrong's book is in-depth and insightful, with a fangirl's reverence for the nitty-gritty of the creative process."
--Vogue

"[A] bubbly, yet fierce cultural dissection of the groundbreaking show"
--Chicago Tribune

"Armstrong delves deeply into the stories, not to mention the cocktails and cupcakes, that made the show a cultural phenomenon."
--Parade

"Because she proves she's willing to tell the full story, you genuinely want to follow Armstrong along as she continues to dissect seasons, behind-the-scenes conversations, and opens the door to the writers' room. (Or Magnolia Bakery.) But perhaps most importantly, you glean a bright and colourful picture of a TV show that changed the way television works."
--The Globe and Mail

"Packed with interviews from the cast, creators, and writers that take you inside how the show was made like never before. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong truly had full access and brings the same level of detail to Sex and the City and Us as she did to Seinfeldia that superfans crave.
--HelloGiggles

"Balanced and insightful...An entertaining, well-documented consideration of a significant TV series--thoughtful fare for TV historians as well as fans of the show."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Sophisticated, highly readable, and thought-provoking fodder for Carries, Mirandas, Samanthas, Charlottes, and all pop-culture junkies at large."
--Booklist