Book Review: The Real Housewives Get Personal

By now I’m sure we’ve all established that cast member Dan is the not only the president, but the (only) member of his book club, but that doesn’t mean that every once in a while I don’t stumble across something that is both groundbreaking and life changing.  ‘The Real Housewives Get Personal‘ is not such a book, but I loved it anyway.

Any of my friends can attest to the fact that I am pretty much obsessed with the Real Housewives franchise and I’m always trying to get others to drink the Real Housewives Kool-aid.  Bravo has truly created a phenomenon with it’s housewives and as it continues to add new cast members and new cities, the fan base continues to grow.  Some may think that this reality show is scripted like the rest of them, but I truly believe that these ladies truly either are close friends or have it out for each other with no scripts to back them up.  Do the producers put them in situations where there will most likely be drama, yes.  Do the housewives throw parties on a whim and invite 200 of their closest friends, yes.  Do the cameras just happen to be around when there is a spicy moment, yes (I’m not supporting my non-scripted theory very well, I know).  However, you can cut the tension between some of these women with a knife and the reunions are evidence enough to back that up.

Anyway, back to the book.  Chronicle Books was kind enough to send me  an advanced copy of ‘The Real Housewives Get Personal‘ and I was thrilled.  I had some downtime this past weekend so I decided to fuel my passion for housewives and I was not disappointed.  The book is chalked full of juicy details about each of the housewives from The OC, Atlanta, New York and New Jersey.  The book is a behind the scenes look at what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling.  It delves into how the ladies were found and why the producers picked them.  There are bios on all the women as well as sections about ‘housewife must-haves’ (like spa-retreats, makeup, favorite shopping spots, etc – all stuff that is extremely important and relates to my life completely).  What I love the most about the book (besides the air-brushed photos and memorable quotes) are the interview questions each of the women are asked.  I’ve been watching these shows since the beginning,  so I can hear the women answering the questions in my head and see their reactions to the questions being asked.

This book isn’t going to change your life, but it is a chill at the beach/coffee table book that I would mos def recommend for the Housewife Aficionado.  I mean, you know you buy People and US Weekly, so why not by the bigger, better, only-about-Real Housewives-version?

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  • Dan

    Ugh, dear Alex, thanks for insinuating that I have no one else in my book club. My International Library is now closed to you indefinitely.

  • i seriously doubt that.

  • angelic

    Real housewives, real psychological disorders? Read, join the discussion and judge for yourself!

  • Luann the Countess

    The Countess may have written a book about manners, but her manners leave me cold! To say to Alex, who was upset; “Go back into what cabinet you crawled out of!” The Countess is a Diva with no education, and has a mean, prejuciced, controlling spirit, dahhling!