Gossip Queen's Book Stays Topical

By Annie Potasznik
|  Monday, Jun 22, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Paula Froelich arrives at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 8, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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Gossip Queen's Book Stays Topical

New York Post editor and Page Six gossip columnist Paula Froelich's latest book is more "Sex and the City" than celebrity sex scandals.
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New York Post editor Paula Froelich's path to success working as a Page Six gossip columnist was anything but conventional.

"My life story is a little odd -- it's not quite what people would think a gossip columnist would be… I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio… I graduated from a convent in Kentucky, went to school in Atlanta and I did financial journalism and then I met someone who knew someone who said "go be a gossip columnist" and I was like, 'alright,'" Froelich tells us.

Now she can add New York Times bestseller to her resume with the success of her latest book "Mercury in Retrograde" a book about all the twist and turns life can take when you least expect it.

"It's really about what happens when you think life is supposed to go one way and it goes another and the way that you're forced to choose and forced to change and really how that actually the best thing that can happen to you," Froelich explains.

Some critics have already compared "Mercury In Retrograde" to "Sex and the City" and Froelich doesn't mind a bit.

"There have been a lot of comparisons to Sex and The City and to that I say thank you. I love Candace Bushnell, she is a great friend of mine and I think she's a great writer."

We met Froelich during a signing for her book. She is humble despite the fact that she has seen and reported on the rich and famous for a decade.

"Paris [Hilton] is just, I mean how many times has she danced on a table in front of me with out any underwear…" Froelich recalls.

But "Mercury In Retrograde" isn't about untouchable celebs. It's about three women living in New York who are bound by a common address -- regular people just like us.

"It's really topical right now. I have friends right now who, because of the economic situation, who are having to change their lives. They did lose their jobs … they did lose their money and in order to keep the bills going they have got to figure out a different way of life."

"Mercury In Retrograde" is cleverly written in Froelich's trademark witty and entertaining style and has a message that Froelich has lived by which she is happy to share.

"Never say no, never complain and make yourself indispensable," she advises.

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