Sunday, June 1, 2008

Successful Women in the Jungle

The new novel that fans of the bestselling author have been waiting for, about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields

Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. As Victory struggles to keep her company afloat, she learns crucial lessons about what she really wants in a relationship.

Nico O'Neilly is the glamorous, brilliant editor of Bonfire Magazine—the pop-culture bible for fashion, show business, and politics. Considered one of the most powerful women in publishing, she seems to have it all. But in a mid-life crisis, she suddenly realizes this isn't enough.

Wendy Healy's chutzpah has propelled her to the very top of the cut-throat movie industry. When it becomes clear that a competitor is trying to oust her, something has to give—and Wendy must decide between her career and her marriage.

In Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell once again delivers an addictive page-turner of sex and scandal that will keep readers enthralled and guessing to the very last page.

Title: Lipstick Jungle
Author: Candace Bushnell
Start & Finished: 3/9/08
Published: 2005
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Pages: 368
Genre: Women's Fiction

The “indisputable queen of chick-lit” Candace Bushnell started life off as newspaper columnist whose popular column was later turned into a book, a TV show, and then just the past weekend a movie. Of course I’m talking about Sex and the City whose fame Bushnell was able to cash in on by writing a similar story called Lipstick Jungle. Low and behold, it also became a TV show, albeit one not as popular... yet.

After I created my very first online book group (Books Into Movies), the group decided that Lipstick Jungle would be a good book to start with. I honestly didn’t know that it was a book and had only heard vague mention of the show. This was also the first time I had read anything by Candace Bushnell too (I have never seen an episode of Sex and the City and probably never will).

I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the story and I just loved the characters, Victory and Nico especially. Ambition and achievement are the name of the game here and the message that you don’t need a man to be successful rings through loud and clear.

Candace Bushnell talks about her role on the TV show Lipstick Jungle in an interview and why she wrote the book at this blog. LJ has a short article on Wikipedia too.


  1. It wasn't until recently that I discovered Sex and the City was a book first. I have seen ads for the Jungle Lipstick but haven't paid too close attention. It sounds like a good book though! I'm all for love, but I do like it when female characters know that they don't have to have a man to make it in the world.

  2. I've been wanting to read this one and Sex and the City too. Great review as always!

  3. I have heard about this book but never read it or saw the tv series. Glad to know you liked it



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