Books by Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’: Melissa Gorga, Brandi Glanville and More

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.

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    1. Love Italian Style

    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.”

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    2. Let Me Tell You Something

    Caroline Manzo
    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.

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    3. Drinking and Tweeting

    Brandi Glanville
    You may have read (and seen) plenty about Glanville in the tabloids–most will remember her as the jilted ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian, whose infidelity with LeAnn Rimes grabbed headlines–but she strikes out on her own to set the record straight.

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    4. A Place of Yes

    Bethenny Frankel
    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.

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    5. Secrets of a Jewish Mother

    Jill Zarin
    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.

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    6. What Remains

    Carole Radziwill
    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.

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    7. Life Is Not a Reality Show

    Kyle Richards
    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.

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    8. Fabulicious!

    Teresa Giudice
    The queen of flipping tables and family drama has written multiple cookbooks, delivering her healthier take on Italian classics with fun recipes to make with kids. Just don’t expect her to be able to pronounce all the ingredients.

  9. Lisa Vanderpump
    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.

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    10. Hiding from Reality

    Taylor Armstrong
    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.

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    11. The Naked Truth

    Danielle Staub
    Staub’s memoir reads like a film noir turned comeback story. She explains her mob ties (laid out in “the book” the ladies gossiped about in season one of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”) and talks about how she ended up settling in the suburbs.

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    12. Class with the Countess

    LuAnn de Lesseps
    The New York cast member and singer of “Money Can’t Buy You Class,”tries to impart her wisdom on etiquette with her how-to book. According to the Countess, anyone can live an elegant life if they follow her rules. “Chic, c’est la vie!”

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    13. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice

    Nene Leakes
    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!

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    14. Little Kids, Big City

    Alex McCord
    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.

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    15. I Can Make You Hot!

    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.


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