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This genre, frequently refered to as "Chick Lit", and first popularized in the mid-1990s, primarily focuses on the lives of young single women (and their friends) living in a large urban cities (frequently London or New York), who are juggling careers, difficult relationships and complicated (but often humorous) personal issues. Though seemingly rather fluffy on the surface, these books are often about female empowerment -- the plucky heroine and her friends/allies learn to rely on their own strengths to get through their difficulties. Although romantic relationships are often at the heart of the stories, "happily ever after" isn't necessarily the norm, and life isn't necessarily incomplete if you haven't found "Mr. Right." Chick Lit titles are usually very "contemporary," featuring TV, movie, and product references that can quickly "date" the books. These books are always funny, try to be hip, and could even be considered comedies in many ways. The covers are almost always in bright neon colors, frequently with cartoonish art and very decorative fonts. They are most often found in the "Romances" or "Popular Literature" sections of bookstores and libraries.

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Theresa Alan Melissa Bank Raffaella Barker Christina Bartolomeo Elizabeth Berg Karen Brichoux Candace Bushnell Meg Cabot Rebecca Campbell Kate Christensen Laurie Colwin Claire Cook Megan Crane Jill Davis Hilary de Vries Katie Fforde Helen Fielding Suzanne Finnamore Marjorie Leet Ford Anouchka Forrester Mike Gayle Olivia Goldsmith Laurie Graff Jane Green Sparkle Hayter Wendy Holden Nick Hornby Carolyn Hwang Tama Janowitz Amy Jenkins Lisa Jewell Donna Kauffman Marian Keyes Sophie Kinsella India Knight Josie Lloyd Sue Margolis Merrill Markoe Carole Matthews Anna Maxted Emma McLaughlin Jill Medoff
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Clare Naylor Shannon Olson Caroline Preston Louise Rennison Stacey Richter Libby Schmais Helen Schulman Amy Sohn Sue Townsend Jennifer Weiner Lauren Weisberger Isabel Wolff Carol Wolper Laura Zigman ANTHOLOGY
posted to BookGuide September 2006 sdc / last updated March 2008 sdc

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