Bettina's Take: Anne and Jay McInerney's Party for Candace Bushnell’s ‘Summer in the City"

Anjelica Huston, Candace Bushnell, Brooke Shields

Carrie Bradshaw: We can't get enough of her fabulousness. Manolos, Jimmy Choos, breakups on Post-it notes, a wrenching relationship with an unavailable man, a dramatic rescue in an over-the-top Christian Lacroix haute couture gown, and the exemplary friendship she shares with her three partners in crime, who somehow make it all OK.

Candace Bushnell knows we want more, more, more. Her latest book, Summer in the City, is sure to be a must read.

"It just seemed like the right time to look at Carrie's back story," explained Bushnell. "When we meet the characters, we meet them in the '90s, and they're in their 30s, but they came out of the early '80s in New York City."

Jay McInerney, along with his wife Anne, fittingly gave the book party for Summer in the City at their beautiful apartment, designed to perfection by Robert Couturier.

"I love Candace, she's one of my oldest friends. I met her in 1980 when I came to the city, and we've been really close friends ever since," said our host.

Charles Askegard (Bushnell's husband), Martha Stewart, Steve Kroft, Diana and Gary Fisketjon, A.M. Homes, Laurie Durning, Brooke Geahan, and Edward Chapman were all there to celebrate, mingling on the terrace, rejoicing that spring had finally arrived.

Brooke Shields, looking resplendent in red, came to support her friend.

"There are few people that can get me out—I always have to have a personal connection," said the actress. "I'm a big fan of Candace's; she's so smart, a lovely human being, and funny." Shields will be taking over the role of Morticia in Broadway's The Addams Family on June 28.

The legendary Anjelica Huston (who played Morticia in the movie version of The Adams Family— I wonder if she and Shields compared notes?) is also a Bushnell aficionado.

"She's somebody who really understands the 21st-century woman," said Huston.

Novelist Donna Tartt summed up Bushnell's writing this way: "She's very smart, socially; smart about how power works for women in New York City, and women's needs for using power, which is very different from men's needs for using power. It's about the two modes of power coming into conflict. She knows it from the inside."

This, combined with Bushnell's trademark humor, is sure to make for a wonderful glimpse into what shaped the Carrie we've grown to love.

I can't wait to find out.

Photo: Anjelica Huston, Candace Bushnell, and Brooke Shields at the event