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Sex and the City and Us

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Staff Review: "Sex and the City and Us" by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

★★★

Are you a Carrie, a Samantha, a Charlotte or a Miranda? If you know the answer to that question, chances are you’re a fan of Sex and the City.

Airing on HBO from 1998-2004, Sex and the City followed the lives of four women living in New York City as they navigated the worlds of dating, sex and relationships. The show became beloved for its witty dialog, strong emphasis on fashion and its glorified depiction of singledom in NYC, and even spawned two follow-up films after the show went off the air.

In Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new book, the author delves into the history of the program and how it developed from a weekly newspaper column into an internationally-renowned series. The book also features several interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets, including how star Sarah Jessica Parker (fearing the show would be a flop) begged to be let her out of her contract before the series began, and how filming in real NYC locations became difficult due to the constant interruption of fans.

Armstrong writes about how the show’s smart, confident and successful female protagonists changed society’s perception of what it means to be a single woman in the 21st century and how it altered modern culture as a whole, from dating rituals to modern female friendships. Armstrong also explores the show’s whitewashed portrayal of New York City and criticizes the lack of diversity throughout the program’s six-season run.

If you’ve been a fan of Sex and the City from the beginning, or if you’ve ever found yourself sucked into a marathon of Sex and the City reruns on a Saturday afternoon, this book is for you.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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