A Model Summer by Paulina Porizkova, $14.95
This debut novel, by the 1980s supermodel and wife of rocker Ric Ocasek, provides a first-hand glimpse into the sometimes shocking world of modeling. You will gasp as the heroine, at age 15, learns to sleep with photographers to secure jobs; wince when the tungsten lights turn her eyes bright red and bloody; and mourn as she loses the few people she trusts. The book is clearly written by someone who knows the industry well. It is also, for all its juicy subject matter, a surprisingly poetic tale.
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