A Sex and the City Reading List

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June 6th, 1998 was like any other Saturday at the end of the millennium. Bill Clinton was president, people were jamming out to Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy is Mine,” and no one would stop talking about that Kate and Leo scene in Titanic. But things were about to change that evening, thanks to a little HBO show called “Sex and the City.” The show was based on Candace Bushnell’s book of the same name, a collection of sex and dating columns she had written for The New York Observer in the mid-90s.

Sex and the City brought us so many great things: an appreciation for the Cosmo, a willingness to listen to women talking to other women about “female” stuff aka relationships/jobs/clothes/family/oh wait that’s just human stuff, great comedic actresses, so much fashion inspiration, and a roster of guest stars that reads like a who’s who of late 90s/early 2000s pop culture. We may have said goodbye to Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte years ago, but I can revisit some of my favorite guest stars through their literary work:The cast of Sex and the City: Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Samantha (Kim Cattrall)

 

In SATC, David Duchovny guest stars as lead character Carrie Bradshaw’s high school boyfriend. In real life, he writes books about cows:

Holy Cow
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In his debut novel, actor Duchovny tells the story of Elsie, a cow who inadvertently learns about the meat industry and sets off on a globe-spanning adventure with her friends: Jerry, a Torah-reading pig, and Tom, a sophisticated turkey. Some strong language. 2015.

 

Alan Cumming plays a fashion designer who convinces Carrie to wear a glamorous, if rather risque, outfit for a benefit fashion show. His recent memoir has fans raving:

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir
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Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor reflects on growing up with an abusive father, his years in show business, and the family secrets and stories that were revealed when he agreed to be on an episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

 

Amy Sedaris plays Carrie’s overexcited literary agent alongside Molly Shannon. I can attest with certainty that Amy Sedaris the literary agent would represent Amy Sedaris the inebriated crafter:

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
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Playwright and comedian offers tongue-in-cheek advice on entertaining and shares more than one hundred recipes, including meat loaf wreath and Poppy’s shake-a-leg drumsticks, for occasions such as ladies’ night and blind dates. Provides craft ideas–most of which involve panty hose–for decorating theme parties. Commercial audiobook. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.