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Sex and the City fans looking for an extra dose of glitterati in between their Sunday-night fixes would be well-advised to turn to reruns instead of the latest fictional offering from the real-life Carrie Bradshaw. Candace Bushnell—master of the obvious and author of the New York Observer column that morphed into the HBO hit—will tire even beach-splayed readers of Trading Up with never-ending remarks about how “New York” everything is as she chronicles the fabulous adventures of Janey Wilcox. Janey, a leftover from Bushnell’s previous collection of novellas, 4 Blondes, is a Victoria’s Secret model and strong contender for Protagonist You Most Want to Slap. You needn’t worry, gentle escapist reader, about mistaking Janey for one of those pesky imperfects who roam the world you know: Her one or two flaws are pointed out, omnipotent-like, as existing “despite her beauty.” Her sister, though bitter, nonetheless muses, “[H]ow could anyone as beautiful as Janey be as evil as she’d imagined?” And Janey herself reminds us that she is, as God is her witness, “far too beautiful to fail.” Bushnell may not be a sophisticated storyteller, but she can help women who are sometimes torn between their heads and their, well, shoes, live guilt-free: “[I]f you want to look good when you go out, isn’t part of that respect? For other people?…It’s a way of honoring a situation by looking good, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.” Make sure to look marvelous when Bushnell reads at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW, free, (202) 347-3686; and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, free, (301) 881-0237. (Tricia Olszewski)