The best trashy novels -- We scoured the shelves to find the juciest novels out now, from ''I'll Take Manhattan'' to ''Scruples''

By Meredith Berkman
May 14, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

The best trashy novels

Admit it. There’s nothing better than a good juicy novel. We scoured our bookshelves to find the best of the bad. Parachutes & Kisses Erica Jong (Signet, $5.95, first published in 1985) Isadora Wing, heroine of Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying, returns to prove that the zipless f— was child’s play. Now approaching 40, she takes up with a much younger man who can’t keep his tongue to himself. Scruples Judith Krantz (Bantam, $5.99, 1978) An overweight WASP named Wilhelmina returns home after a year in Paris to become Rodeo Drive’s most enterprising, sexually insatiable shopaholic. I’ll Take Manhattan Judith Krantz (Bantam, $5.99, 1986) Krantz does for Madison Avenue what she did for Rodeo Drive. Maxi Amberville, snug in her Trump Tower aerie, collects husbands the way she collects Harry Winston baubles — with a vengeance. Regrets Only Sally Quinn (Ballantine, $5.99, 1986) Think all they do in Washington is debate public policy? Guess again. Sally Quinn, wife of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, fashions an insider’s guide to politically correct love affairs. Not even the White House is immune…