Candace Bushnell has found a subject more provocative­ than sex, said Stephen Armstrong in Australian Magazine. Sixteen years after launching a weekly column that mushroomed into the global Sex and the City franchise, the onetime party girl now embodies a variety­ of feminine desire still rarely acknowledged—professional ambition. “These days we can talk about sex and that’s not upsetting to anybody,” she says. “Now the frank discussions that make us uncomfortable are women saying, ‘I want to be president, I want to be CEO.’ Women aren’t supposed to be that way, yet we are.”

As she approaches her 50th birthday, Bushnell is finally fully cashing in on her signature success on multiple fronts, said Janice Turner in the London Times. Having once sold the screen rights to Sex and the City and its heroine, Carrie Bradshaw, for a paltry $60,000, Bushnell has just landed a deal to write two novels about Carrie’s teenage years. She also has a new novel out, One Fifth Avenue, and continues to oversee production of NBC’s Lipstick Jungle, a series about successful New York women who out-earn the men in their lives. For Bushnell, who’s been happily married to a younger man for six years, the formula works: “As my mother always said to me, ‘You didn’t marry money. Everything you got, you got yourself.’”