- Mary Buck
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If you enjoyed "Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella for the humor, romance, and clever writing, these titles may appeal to you:
The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne
"Melissa Romney-Jones can bake a perfect sponge cake, type her little heart out, and plan a party blindfolded. But none of that has helped her get far in life or in love. When she gets sacked -- again -- she decides to market her impeccable social skills to single men. To avoid embarrassing her father, a Member of Parliament, Melissa dons a blonde wig and becomes "Honey," a no-nonsense bombshell who helps clueless bachelors shop, entertain, and navigate social minefields. She even attends parties if a client needs a "date." But when a dashing American starts to request Honey's services on a regular basis, it's only a matter of time before Honey's and Melissa's worlds collide...."-catalog summary
Babyville by Jane Green
Bestselling author Jane Green has won the hearts of thousands of readers with her fresh take on single life and the dating jungle. Now in Babyville, she applies her golden touch to the next phase of a girl's life, in an irresistible ... novel about two young women coping with the chimes of their biological clocks, and one independent glamour-girl who tries to tune hers out. (Book Description)
Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
This is contemporary Irish novel by the very talented and funny Marian Keyes. There is romance, travel, food, love, fashion, revenge, humor and lovely Irish culture. Very little to do with sushi, except in terms of learning how to eat it.
Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell
"Newly single, Tilly impulsively accepts a job in a small town. She soon finds herself in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for Jack, the town's most desirable bachelor. She decides to do the sensible thing, and avoid him at all costs."-catalog summary
The Sweetest Taboo by Carole Matthews
"One girl in love with two guys... Isn't that the sweetest taboo? ...
[Sadie's] heart starts causing trouble when she first lays eyes on Gil McGann, the sexy and powerful Hollywood producer at the London Book Fair. In no time, Gil is whisking her away from her dead-end job and drizzly old England to join him in the land of the perfect suntan. Then there's Tavis Jones, an irresistibly endearing -- and criminally good-looking -- actor who's soon pulling her heartstrings in a different direction. Suddenly the choices facing Sadie in the home of the famous and the desperate-to-be-famous are enough to drive a good girl insane -- especially when no-one is quite what they seem to be..."-catalog summary
Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Two former au pairs write a (probably! Hopefully! Mostly!) fictionalized account of what it's like caring for the offspring of the very wealthy in New York City.
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty.
This novel is a humorous look at Elizabeth Clarry's complicated life. It is written totally in letters: notes on the fridge between Elizabeth and her mom, letters to a stranger as part of her English teacher's attempt to have everyone re-discover the "Joy of the Envelope," and smirky little bits of conscience from groups like the COLD HARD TRUTH ASSOCIATION. Life is difficult enough, but to make things worse, Elizabeth's best friend, Celia, has run off to join the circus and left Elizabeth all alone to figure out guys and parents and ridiculous school assignments.
When in Rome by Gemma Townley
When in Rome, do as Audrey Hepburn would do. Failing that, run off with your ex-boyfriend, carry suspicious packages through customs, and lie to the person who loves you. . . . Georgie Beauchamp is totally happy and in love with her wonderful, dependable boyfriend, David. So why does she always daydream about running into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike? It can't mean she's still in love with him-especially since the cad dumped her so horribly. As luck would have it, when Georgie's daydream actually comes true, she is dressed in unglamorous sweats and carrying a curtain rod down the street, while Mike is driving an expensive sports car and looking better than Brad Pitt at the Oscars."-summary from the trade paperback edition
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
"Most recent college grads know they have to start at the bottom and work their way up. But not many picture themselves having to pick up their boss's dry cleaning, deliver them hot lattes, land them copies of the newest Harry Potter book before it hits stores and screen potential nannies for their children. Charmingly unfashionable Andrea Sachs, upon graduating from Brown, finds herself in this precarious position: she's an assistant to the most revered-and hated-woman in fashion, Runway editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly." (Publisher's Weekly)