All the Books Carrie Bradshaw and Co. Have Been Reading in ‘And Just Like That…’

Mature student Miranda has been reading about how to be an anti-racist, as well as how to cut back on alcohol. 

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Below, a guide to what the women of And Just Like That are reading.

Fight Night by Miriam Toews

Visible in Carrie’s bag as she’s waiting for her physical therapy appointment with the dashing Travis, Fight Night is a story of strong women. It follows three generations, focusing on the youngest, nine-year-old Swiv, who receives an unconventional education from her formidable grandmother. It appears to have been a title Parker felt strongly about including, as photos taken during filming last year showed her holding it in a different scene, which didn’t end up making the cut.

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

This book is next to Carrie on the picnic table at the lunch that features the now infamous Charlotte line: “A finger made you feel alive?” Exploring themes of racial and sexual identity, Mendez’s book centers around a 19-year-old Black gay man who flees his home after being outed by members of his community.

Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze

Long-listed for the Booker Prize in 2020, Who They Was is an autobiographical novel set in London’s violent criminal underworld. The author tweeted his surprise at seeing Carrie reading a copy of his book on her bed, posting: “I didn’t know this was on the bucket list until it happened…”

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

We see The Nickel Boys open and half-read on Carrie’s bed in Episode 5, shortly before Miranda and Carrie’s boss Che Diaz have sex in her kitchen. It was one of the novels personally selected by Parker and tells the story of two boys who were sent to the Dozier School, a real (and hellish) reform school in 1960s Florida. From the same author as The Underground Railroad, the book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2020, and Time named it one of the best books of the decade. 

Quit Like A Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker

The book Miranda realizes she drunk-ordered from Amazon, Quit Like A Woman outlines a feminist approach to sobriety designed specifically to help women to give up drinking alcohol. Chrissy Teigen had success with the method in real life last year. 

Quit Like A Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol

Also on Carrie’s shelves…

The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood. Described as “a book for people who constantly believe that they are making a fool out of themselves.”

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