Sex and the City Creates Fans of Fake Book

June 11, 2008 | 1 book mentioned 2

This story brought me back to my bookselling days.

A consumer alert for the millions who have seen the Sex and the City movie: There is no such book as Love Letters of Great Men, which Carrie Bradshaw reads while in bed with Mr. Big.

The closest text in the real world apparently is Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day, first released in the 1920s and reissued last year by Kessinger Publishing, which specializes in bringing back old works.

Rarely a day went by at the bookstore without a strange request: books long out of print or requests for misremembered titles were common. I can imagine beleaguered booksellers across the country taking pains to untangle the confusion wrought by Carrie Bradshaw et al. Meanwhile, Sex and the City fans who have purchased Love Letters of Great Men and Women – the book has achieved an astonishing #123 sales rank at Amazon – are becoming acquainted with the likes of Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Alexander Pope, according to the bits of the book and table of contents available at Google Books. Sometimes it is a strange world we live in.

(Via my mom, who made a good point when she directed me to this story: “sounds like an opportunity for a fast writer.”)

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Sex and the City seems to have a polarizing force… people either hate the movie or love it; so far it seems like the "lovers" outnumber the "haters"

  2. Yesterday, I was helping to set up for an event when a person stopped me and asked for this book. I started to explain that it wasn't real when another bookseller stepped in and assisted me.

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