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A year-old New York banker quits her job and finds work at a posh PR agency, trading her navy pantsuits for low-slung jeans and skimpy tops so she can hang out with the beautiful people at "in" places like Bungalow 8 though first she has to find out what Bungalow 8 is. Weisberger's bestselling The Devil Wears Prada hinged on a similar fish-out-of-water scenario, and while it may have worked then, this time around it feels like a rehash.

Bette Robinson begins as a likable enough character, but it isn't long before Weisberger's caricature of her becomes frustrating: Bette is surprisingly successful at her new job, even as she's constantly complaining about "the ridiculousness of what we were doing"—i.

Bette's personal life gets equally ridiculous treatment, as she enters into a "just for looks" and very public relationship with a British heartthrob who's really gay, as her friends and family and the guy she really likes look on in horror.

The book occasionally entertains—as when it makes jabs at the very critics who panned DWP —but not nearly often enough. Agent, Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider.

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Having It All, Paying for It All

NEWS advisory to enterprising women everywhere: apparently, work isn't all it's cracked up to be. In Candace Bushnell's latest novel, "Lipstick Jungle," which follows the soaring careers and limping love lives of three cutthroat, high-achieving New York women, Victory Ford, a year-old fashion designer reeling from the failure of her latest collection, has a low-ebb moment. Condescending, for once, to take the subway instead of a Town Car and rub knees with the common man, she falls into a reverie when she sees a young woman in a swing coat. The ride through the bowels of New York revives Victory: she surfaces on Sixth Avenue brimming with the concept for a face-saving fall show: "I'm feeling Wendy as in Peter Pan," she shouts into her cellphone, "Women who have it all and pay for it all; C. I'm seeing tomboy: glasses and not perfect hair. Suits in peacoat material and white shirts with tiny rhinestone buttons and new shapes.


Everyone Worth Knowing

Everyone Worth Knowing is Lauren Weisberger 's second novel. Published in , it tells the story of Bette Robinson, a single woman in New York City caught up in the city's party circuit through a new job in public relations. Similar in many ways to her bestselling debut, The Devil Wears Prada , it did not, however, sell as well. The story takes place in the mids, probably in the Iraq War is referred to in passing, and the U. I have an office full of people whose job it is to know everyone worth knowing. Thirty-five thousand names, actually, and we can get in touch with any of them at any time. It's what we do.

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