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Confessions of a Shopaholic Returns with, Minnie, the Mini Shopaholic

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Confessions of a Shopaholic author Sophie Kinsella has built an entire fiction empire on her protagonist's shopping addiction—but what happens when her leading lady, Becky Bloomwood Brandon has a baby and raises a daughter of her very own?

"When you have your little baby you want to nurture them, clothe them, give them everything they need. You feel like you have to wrap the child up to make a better world for them," Kinsella told the AP. "The desire to buy really cute boots for them comes from that same place. When I was pregnant, nesting for me was shopping in catalogs."

In Kinsella's new book, Mini Shopaholic, Bloomwood-Brandon's daughter, Minnie throws tantrums in shops when she wants something—and doesn't really discern between Harrods and home. While Bloomwood-Brandon vows to shop her own closet to save money, she does go ahead and indulge Minnie—an act she rationalizes as selfless.

"Becky really sees herself as being selfless when she first decides she's just buying things for Minnie," Kinsella said. Mini Shopaholic is out this month.
· Kinsella's shopaholic downsizes, eyes kid's stuff [AP]
· Mini Shopaholic, $25 at Amazon.com