Books by Bravo's 'Real Housewives': Melissa Gorga, Brandi Glanville and More
Admit it. You've tuned into one of Bravo's "Real Housewives" series at one time or another. The reality TV series is downright addictive and, apparently, catching on: From Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl-branded empire to Nene Leakes's latest stint as a series regular on "The New Normal," the ladies have moved beyond the boob tube and into new territory, including books about parenting, fashion, entertaining and self-improvement.
With New Jersey housewife Melissa Gorga's book of spicy relationship advice hitting shelves this month, Bookish breaks down the housewives' books by what you can expect to learn from each of these reality-stars-turned-authors.
Melissa Gorga, sister-in-law of prison-bound Teresa Giudice, joined her as part of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast in season three, winning fans and detractors with her lavish lifestyle and penchant for PDA with her husband. In "Love Italian Style," she lets readers in her secrets for sustaining a healthy and passionate marriage. First step: prioritize. "On the list of most important things, we put sex one notch below food," Gorga writes. "Food is life sustaining; sex is marriage sustaining. I never let my husband go crazy."
This New Jersey spitfire is known for telling it like it is. She offers a no-holds-barred (and no B.S.) approach to parenting, marriage and business. Her book comes complete with color photos, so readers can spend as much time as the want mooning over her handsome sons, Albie and Chris.
One of the original housewives of New York, Frankel has always been a businesswoman and the proof is in the proverbial pudding: Her Skinnygirl brand ranges from cocktails to snack bars, but at the heart of the business is Frankel, who dispels wisdom about the power of positive thinking in her books and on her talk show. Frankel is writing her next book about striking a balance between savvy business-woman and being a mom--all while going through a public divorce from ex Jason Hoppy.
Zarin found herself in the middle of many dramatic moments during her time as a"Real Housewife of New York." Her mother, Gloria Kamen, and sister, Lisa Wexler, became famous for doling out advice to Zarin which led to the three collaborating on their own book doling out generations worth of advice tied to their Jewish roots.
An award-winning journalist before her big "Housewives" debut, Radziwill's memoir of losing her husband to cancer and her best friends, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette, in a tragic plane crash was a New York Time bestseller. Though the story is incredibly sad, Radziwill approaches it with the same "matter-of-fact" attitude that has made her a fan favorite. Her next book, a novel called "The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating," is due this September.
Reality shows run in the family for this Beverly Hills cast member. Sister Kim is a fellow "Housewife," and Richards's sister, Kathy, also had her own show--all of which are overshadowed by her niece, Paris Hilton, who has starred on numerous unscripted shows. It's not much of a surprise that Richards has written about her off-camera life as a mother of four. She dishes real talk about bringing glamour to mundane daily life.
The star of not one, but two, ("Vanderpump Rules") reality shows will be featured on this season of "Dancing with the Stars." But what really makes Vanderpump famous is her knack for entertaining and setting atmosphere in her home and at her restaurants. She offers tips and tricks for making your gatherings "full of diamonds and rosé" complete with photos of her famous dog, Giggy.
Armstrong is often pictured with a smile, but her life story was far from sunny. According to her book, Armstrong's husband, Russell, was physically and mentally abusive (accusations of his violence were made on season two of Beverly Hills), until he committed suicide, leaving Armstrong a single mother who had to deal with his debts.
It's pretty funny that Leakes's memoir is titled "Never Make the Same Mistake Twice," considering that her current beau is her ex-husband. But this star, who has found her way from reality television to prime-time scripted roles on "Glee" and "The New Normal" waxes on her childhood, an abusive relationship and, yes, about her Atlanta castmates in her book. Bloop!
As with just about everything, McCord partnered with husband Simon van Kempen on this parenting guide/memoir of their marriage (which seemingly became its own character on "Couples Therapy"). As parents of sons Johan and Francoise, the couple shares how they managed to bring up their babies in the Big Apple.
Kelly Killoren Bensimon
A former Elle magazine editor, Bensimon has a knack for looking stylish. The former model has penned several fashion books. Her most recent offers a diet that promises to make readers hot, but don't worry: She doesn't ask readers to run through the streets of New York City in a sports bra.