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Trading up
Bushnell, Candace.
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[Large print edition].
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[Waterville, Me.] : Wheeler Pub., [2003]

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727 pages ; 24 cm
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With a brilliant comic voice and a penchant for social satire, the author of "Sex and the City" brings readers a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter-day comedy of manners centered on a modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox, a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp. 416 pp.

Author Notes

Candace Bushnell was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on December 1, 1958. She attended Rice University and New York University. She worked as a freelancer and wrote pieces about women, relationships and dating for Mademoiselle, Self Magazine, and Esquire. In 1993, she began writing for the New York Observer and in November 1994, she created the column Sex and the City, which ran in the New York Observer for two years. The column was turned into a book in 1996, became a hit television series, and a blockbuster movie. She is also the author of 4 Blondes (2000), Trading Up (2003), Lipstick Jungle (2005), One Fifth Avenue (2008), The Carrie Diaries (2010), Summer and the City (2011), and Killing Monica (2105). She received the 2006 Matrix Award for books and the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award.

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Booklist Review

In Four Blondes (2000), Bushnell introduced readers to Janey Wilcox, a beautiful semi-successful model (and ruthlessly determined social climber) who uses her unappealing but well-connected middle-aged boyfriends for access to New York's A-list social scene. Trading Up finds Janey, now a Victoria's Secret model, conniving her way up yet another rung of New York's slippery high-society ladder, this time with the help of glamorous old-money socialite Mimi Kilroy. Delighted with her new life at the center of the Hamptons' social whirl, Janey is determined to cement her position, and before long she marries Selden Rose, the fabulously wealthy CEO of MovieTime. Everything is perfect--but just when Janey's future seems assured, her sordid past rears up its ugly head in the shape of Comstock Dibble, a former boyfriend who's also a bitter business rival of Selden's. Four Blondes won Bushnell critical acclaim and commercial success with its razor-sharp depiction of New York high life as lived by four women. Played out in the same world of air kisses and backstabbing, Janey's story is satisfyingly dishy and as addictively readable the second time around. Expect high demand for Bushnell's latest. --Meredith Parets

Publisher's Weekly Review

"It was the beginning of the summer of the year 2000, and in New York City, where the streets seemed to sparkle with the gold dust filtered down from a billion trades in a boomtown economy, it was business as usual." In other words, it is business as usual for bestselling author Bushnell (Sex and the City; 4 Blondes), who expands here on the career of shallow, predatory Janey Wilcox. In 4 Blondes, Wilcox was a mildly famous one-time model who bedded men based on their ability to provide her with a great house in the Hamptons for the summer. Now she has become a Victoria's Secret model, a bona fide success in her own right. As the latest summer in the Hamptons kicks off, Wilcox becomes the new best friend of the socialite Mimi Kilroy, who is eager to introduce beautiful Janey to the very rich Selden Rose, the new head of the HBO-like MovieTime. Unlike Janey's many previous hookups, Selden is the marrying kind. What ensues is a grim if well-observed account of a match made in hell. Here's the problem. There is a black hole in the center of the book in the form of Janey Wilcox, a character so dull and humorless that she makes this whole elaborate enterprise one long, boring slog. Granted, Bushnell sets out to chronicle the workings of "one of those people for whom the superficial comfortingly masks an inner void," but Wilcox is not evil enough to be interesting, not talented enough to be Mr. Ripley. Wilcox proceeds from model/prostitute to "Model/Prostitute" on the cover of the Post. But who will care? Bushnell has committed the real crime here: failure to entertain. (July) Forecast: Bushnell's name and a major marketing push should insure strong initial sales, which are bound to fall off as all but the most die-hard fans spread the word that her latest sex bomb is a dud. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The author of Sex and the City takes another look at pre-September 11 New York City high life. As the novel begins, glamorous but generally unlikable supermodel Janey Wilcox is fit to be tied. While she is stuck in traffic on her drive out to the Hamptons, the truly elite are traveling to the weekend resort via seaplane. Although she has achieved success in her own right as a Victoria's Secret model, Janey yearns to scale even higher up the social ladder. Tired of trying to sleep her way to the top, she decides that a friendship with old-money socialite Mimi Kilroy just might be her ticket to the top rung. Mira Sorvino perfectly captures the tone of the book in the abridged version, and while Ellen Archer's reading is also good, many will find 17 hours of the life of Janey to be a bit much. The abridged program is recommended for public libraries.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.