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Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl

An Autobiography

Judith Krantz

St. Martin's Press

Dear Reader,

As I was about to start my eleventh novel, I abruptly realized that I was making a huge mistake. On the verge of launching into the imagined world of a twenty-eight-year-old, I felt an intense need to tell another story, the story of a woman I know through and through...a woman with more wealth of experience, a woman who's seen more real glamour, known more fascinating people, lived in a world of more sophistication, and arrived at more hard-won maturity than that twenty-eight-year-old could hope for---in short, my own story. I've tried to remain as unknowable as possible, the better to let my heroines hold the stage, but now I was ready to tell the truth about myself, with no holding back.

I've had a different life from that of the majority of women of my generation and background. While I seemed like another "nice Jewish girl," underneath that convenient cover I'd traveled my own, inner-directed path and had many a spicy and secret adventure. I grew up in a complicated tangle of privilege, family problems, and tormented teenaged sexuality. After a riotous education at Wellesley, my life was turned upside down by a glorious year in Paris, marked by an intense but ill-starred romance. I spent the next half-decade in New York, sowing lighthearted wild oats until I finally met my true love, to whom I've been married for forty-six years.

When I was fifty I had an utterly unexpected, almost unbelievable success as a number-one bestselling novelist that has continued for book after book. Challenging, lucky, exciting, and often devastatingly askew, my life seems to have been lived under a wild and antic star.

I've had as much amazing fun as my heroines, and here's the book to prove it.

Judith Krantz

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Chapter One
I PUSHED, DRAGGED, AND BUMPED MY HEAVY SUITCASE ALONG THE narrow corridor of the night train to Paris. I was so filled with the exhilaration of wild high spirits that I welcomed the challenge of finding a seat. Finally, in triumph, I wedged my luggage into an almost nonexistent slot I’d just noticed with the experienced eye of a veteran of the New York subway.
I was one of the last, amid the overflow crowd of other skiers, to find a place to sit for the long ride back to the Gare du Nord. The slowly moving train started to pick up speed and we were finally well under way,
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REVIEWS

Praise for Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl

Advance Praise for Sex and Shopping

"I absolutely adored this sensation of a book! Judith Krantz takes us way beyond the delights of sex and shopping into the heart and mind of a fascinating, witty, and gutsy woman. She's lived fully, with courage, sensuality, and originality, and, I might add, had one hell of a good time doing it!"---Joan Rivers

"Judith Krantz, who has created some of the most memorable women in fiction, has until now declined to reveal the most fascinating character of them all, herself---shamelessly unveiled in her autobiography. Bravo!"---David Brown, producer of Jaws, The Sting, and Angela's Ashes

"To experience Judith Krantz's full and abundant life is to walk though your own life a fuller and happier woman. The love in this book is deeply touching."---Debbie Reynolds

"Judith Krantz is incapable of writing a dull word. Of course, she is full of baloney. Her book is subtitled The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl, which she is not. She is a bad Jewish girl, as attested to by her torrid confessions. You'll want to wolf this story down like chocolate chip cookies."---Helen Gurley Brown

"If you've loved spending time with the heroines in Judith Krantz's novels all these years, you are really going to enjoy the Real One, Judith Krantz herself." ---Ali MacGraw"

A stunningly frank and honest autobiography, revealing Judith Krantz's light and dark sides. Both sides are hilarious, sometimes sad, and always compelling. Count on it, they're all romantic. And now I know how she writes those lusty sex scenes. Just don't tell me she makes them up!"---Polly Bergen

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Judith Krantz

  • Judith Krantz is the author of Scruples, Princess Daisy, Mistral's Daughter, I'll Take Manhattan, Till We Meet Again, Dazzle, Scruples Two, Lovers, Spring Collection, and The Jewels of Tessa Kent.
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Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl

An Autobiography

Judith Krantz

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