Maria Shriver publishes book of “intimate” essays by Paulina Porizkova

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Maria Shriver publishes Paulina Porizkova’s next collection of “intimate” essays on the “complexities of womanhood” through her book imprint, The Open Field.

The 56-year-old model’s non-fiction debut album – ‘No Filter’ – is set for release Oct. 25, Oprah Daily reported Tuesday. Shriver, which launched its partnership with Penguin Life in early 2021, felt Porizkova’s voice was a natural fit for its imprint.

“I reached out to Paulina because I thought she was uniquely qualified to write in real time about the different challenges that women face throughout the different phases of life: aging with honesty, coping with loss and to identity, finding a renewed sense of mission and purpose, and using your voice to inspire others as they deal with the same issues,’ Shriver, 66, told the outlet.

Maria Shriver's book publisher The Open Field will publish Paulina Porizkova's first non-fiction album,

The publisher of Maria Shriver’s book, The Open Field, will release Paulina Porizkova’s non-fiction debut, “No Filter,” on Oct. 25, the Oprah Daily reported Tuesday.

Porizkova, 56, announced she was writing a book in December (pictured).  His next collection of essays is about

Porizkova, 56, announced she was writing a book in December (pictured). Her next collection of essays is about the “complexities of femininity”

The publisher described the book as “a series of intimate, introspective and illuminating essays on the complexities of womanhood at any age”.

For years, Porizkova has used Instagram as an outlet to share her thoughts on womanhood, aging, love, mental health issues and grief.

The model-turned-writer was born in Cold War Czechoslovakia and raised in Sweden. She started modeling at the age of 15 and rose to fame. In 1984, she landed her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover at age 18.

That same year, she met her late husband, Ric Ocasek, on the set of the music video for the Cars’ 1984 hit “Drive.” They married five years later, when she was 24 and he was 45.

The Czech-born model covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 1984 aged 18

The Czech-born model covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 1984 aged 18

That same year, she met her rocker husband, Ric Ocasek, on the set of the hit music video

The same year, she met her rocker husband, Ric Ocasek, on the set of the clip for the Cars hit “Drive”. They married five years later when she was 24 and he was 45

Porizkova and Ocasek had two sons together, Jonathan and Oliver, and had been married for nearly 30 years when they announced the split in 2018

Porizkova and Ocasek had two sons together, Jonathan and Oliver, and had been married for nearly 30 years when they announced the split in 2018

Porizkova and Ocasek had two sons together – Jonathan and Oliver – and had been married for nearly 30 years when they announced their split in 2018.

They were going through a divorce when she found him dead in their joint Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at the age of 75.

The next day, she learned that he had left her out of his will a few weeks earlier, claiming that she had “abandoned” him. He left her with no money to live on, including her own income.

Porizkova spoke openly about the betrayal as she struggled with depression, anxiety and anger over his death.

They were going through a divorce when she found him dead in their joint Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at the age of 75.  A day later, she learned that he had left her out of his will.

They were going through a divorce when she found him dead in their joint Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at the age of 75. A day later, she learned that he had left her out of his will.

For years, Porizkova has used Instagram as an outlet to share her thoughts on aging, love and heartbreak.  She's also been candid about her mental health struggles following Ocasek's death.

For years, Porizkova has used Instagram as an outlet to share her thoughts on aging, love and heartbreak. She’s also been candid about her mental health struggles following Ocasek’s death.

In October, she revealed that she had reached a settlement with her late husband’s estate and that she would receive what was owed to her under New York State law, which was one-third of the estate’s assets. Ocasek.

“Three years ago, I was pushed off the ocean liner that I thought was my world and found myself in dark waters, looking for lights to guide me,” Porizkova told Oprah Daily about this. difficult period of his life.

“I know the importance of those who light the way, and I hope this book can be a light for others,” she added. “Being able to write a book for Maria Shriver’s new imprint is a chance to shine a light from her beacon, and I’m honored and grateful to be able to contribute to her mission to unite all the lights she finds.”

“No Filter” was acquired from agent Marly Rusoff and will be edited by Amy Sun. It’s one of about three books the publisher of Shriver will publish this year.

Shriver.  66, said she contacted Porizkova because she thought she was

Shriver. 66, said she contacted Porizkova because she thought she was ‘uniquely qualified to write in real time about the various challenges women face’

Porizkova spends eight to ten hours a day working on her essay book

Porizkova spends eight to ten hours a day working on her essay book

“This has been me for six weeks, every day – including weekends,” she captioned a photo of herself on her laptop in January.

Porizkova said she was

Porizkova said she was “honored and grateful” to have her collection of essays published by Shriver’s imprint, which only publishes about three books a year.

Last year, The Open Field published “The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening”, an anthology compiled by Tim Shriver and Tom Rosshirt, and “The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your Self” by Martha Beck .

Porizkova’s first novel, a roman à clef called “A Model Summer”, was published in 2007.

Porizkova's first novel, a roman à clef titled

Porizkova’s first novel, a roman à clef titled “A Model Summer”, was published in 2007

She also wrote the children’s book “The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach”, released in 1992.

She announced she was writing another book in December while sharing a video of herself hard at work on her computer.

‘Yes, I’m writing a book. That’s exactly what I do,” she said. “Over the next few months, I will be working very hard to get this job done.

“I’m very excited about it, but it’s also a lot of lonely work. So stay tuned.’

In follow-up posts, she explained that she writes day and night, though she never shared specific details about the book itself.

“This has been me for six weeks, everyday including weekends,” she captioned a photo of herself on her laptop in January.

“There’s a famous saying about writing: ‘Writing is easy, just open a vein and bleed.’ Well, I cut and hacked, bleeding all over my pages,” a- she added.

“It may be simple in idea, but quite painful in execution. Soon I will be able to share what I do. For now, these are my days, but my nights are heating up.

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