Candace Bushnell

Book giveaway!

So my blog has been going for about 2 months now and I would like to thank my readers by holding a giveaway.  While I wish I could give away gift cards or brand new releases of books or something fun like that, I’m not Ms. Moneybags, so that may have to wait for awhile.   My first giveaway ever will be the book “One Fifth Avenue” by Candace Bushnell (my fav author ever).

One Fifth Avenue

I ran out and purchased this book the week it came out and BARELY opened it, so essentially, it is in perfect, brand new condition (it’s the hardcover version, if you haven’t noticed).  Here’s the excerpt from Barnes & Noble’s website:

One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco beauty towering over one of Manhattan’s oldest and most historically hip neighborhoods, is a one-of-a-kind address, the sort of building you have to earn your way into – one way or another. For the women in Candace Bushnell’s new novel, One Fifth Avenue, this edifice is essential to the lives they’ve carefully established – or hope to establish. From the hedge fund king’s wife to the aging gossip columnist to the free-spirited actress (a recent refugee from L.A.), each person’s game plan for a rich life comes together under the soaring roof of this landmark building.” This book is a modern-day story of old and new money, that same combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York’s Gilded Age and F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Many decades later, Bushnell’s New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: They thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful – at least to the public eye. But Bushnell is an original, and One Fifth Avenue is so fresh that it reads as if sexual politics, real estate theft, and fortunes lost in a day have never happened before.

While I was not a fan of the book for whatever reason, it did make it onto the NY Times Best Sellers list and I know a bunch of other people who love Candace Bushnell’s work.

Here are the rules:

  • One entry per person.
  • You must leave a comment here telling me what your favorite book EVER is and why.
  • The contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 28th.
  • The winner will be chosen by the Random Number Generator based upon the number of your comment (the comments are not numbered, so the first comment is #1, second is #2, etc – that is why you’re only allowed one comment/entry). I will draw the winning comment number on Monday.
  • You’ll be contacted by email if you’ve been chosen, so make sure you leave a valid email address so I can contact you and arrange to ship the book.

Hope you enjoy, and I promise that I’ll come up with some better ideas for giveaways in the future.  Thanks so much for reading!!!

Why I Can’t Read Candace Bushnell

Why?  Why can’t I read Candace Bushnell books?

I own two of her books, “Lipstick Jungle” and “One Fifth Avenue“.  I am a big fan of the Sex and the City TV show and movie but heard that the original “Sex and the City” book was totally different from the show (so I’m sure I wouldn’t like that either).  I first bought “Lipstick Jungle”.  I got maybe 100 pages or less into it and couldn’t read it anymore.  It was just…. I don’t know.  I was bored.  It was dull.  I wasn’t looking forward to the next page, the next chapter.  All I got from it was this: there were three women.  One worked in fashion, one was a writer (maybe?), don’t remember the other.  One had an affair with a younger guy.  I didn’t find anything memorable about the story.  Maybe I didn’t read far enough into the book, but still, my attention should have been grabbed from the get-go.  Then I thought I’d watch the version of the “Lipstick Jungle” TV show that was on NBC….. how long did that one last again before being cancelled?

I thought that maybe that book was just a dud for me and another one of hers would be better, so I went out and bought “One Fifth Avenue” when it came out.  Same thing… I only made it 100 page or so before putting down the book and never picking it back up.  All I got from it: there are a bunch of rich people that live in an NYC apartment building.  Bor-ing.

Is it just me?  Do I have high standards when it comes to storylines and character development?  Do I have ADD and need more excitement in order for a book to keep my attention?  Am I just crazy?  I don’t have this problem with many other books/authors, usually I can pick up and read almost anything.  Does anyone totally disagree with me (or maybe you DO agree with me)?  I think I’ve given up on Ms. Bushnell.

On a related note: anyone want to swap for two Candace Bushnell books?

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