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Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss, and Finding the Courage Within Hardcover – February 7, 2012


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About the Author

Taylor Armstrong is the breakout star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She lives in California with her daughter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451677715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451677713
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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186 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Dallasmom on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you have followed the author on her reality TV show you will see that much of what she has written has already been discounted on air. The book is a scam and poorly written, at that. Don't waste your money.
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277 of 304 people found the following review helpful By L. Bailey on February 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
So my original comment was deleted, fascinating.
I wrote that I found it interesting that the only review 5 star review was from someone who signed up just to review this garbage. On the day it was released. The book reads like it was written by a fourth grader. Throw in some jargon she learned while doing her research at 1736, and there you go - the tripe that is this book. Let the man rest in peace. He isn't here to respond to this slander and assassination of character.

On a side note, Taylor stated that a portion of the book proceeds will go to her very own 501c foundation she set up in her name. Translation, The profits will be eaten up by admin costs to the 501c that she creates.... I demand an audit on this. She has a history of funneling funds into trusts (which she doesn't mention in her book).

Taylor, if you read this: it's not that we don't know what domestic violence is, or can't fathom the position you allegedly were in... Therefore don't 'understand'. Frankly my dear, those who lie or cause more difficulties to the women who were truly in that situation do enormous damage to them. You aren't saving anyone. Well except for your potential 3rd husband if he can read.

There was a lie of a snowball, tossed it down hill and husband Russell was killed by the avalanche. We can't pretend that the snowball wasn't created by Taylor for her to garner sympathy.

This book should have been called 'making up reality'. File under fiction.
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181 of 197 people found the following review helpful By kdm on February 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Please save your money. This woman is a liar, a grifter, a con artist, and in no way should benefit from her lies. Changing her name to Ford to misrepresent that she was an heir to the Ford Motor Car fortune. Who does that? A con woman. Falsely stating that Adrienne Maloof was her daughter's Godmother. Do yourself a favor and check out the Daily Beast "Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong Tells All. Or Does She?" The timeline of events doesn't add up. She gives dates and places of when the alleged physical abuse supposedly takes place, but then is photographed the next day at an event looking perfectly fine. This repeatedly happens. There is never a police report. She lives in BH and has a makeup artist - photos can be doctored to make you look beaten up - but I doubt she could be made to look perfect if in fact she had just had her jaw dislocated or her eye-socket broken just the day before, as she states. You know who have trouble keeping their stories straight when repeatedly asked questions - LIARS. I truly feel sorry for any person who is abused that has no options, no offers of shelter, no income. Shana is not one of those people.
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192 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Miki on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How many lies is this woman going to tell?? Its like reading a book by Casey Anthony. Its time for Taylor to just shut up and go away. What a waste of time...
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203 of 222 people found the following review helpful By TKKGUY on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Where do you begin with this woman who is such a fame whore. I rarely comment on such pop-culture nonsense, but this person really needs to be called out. As mentioned elsewhere on the web at the TWOP forum thread as posted by Yian, these are the inconsistencies of this alleged fraud of a woman:

Taylor lied on the reunion that Taylor was her last name, so she made it her first name when she married. Which, is obviously not true, since "Shanna Hughes was her birth name. Then Shana Hughes. Then Lynette Sipe/Sipes. Then Ford (ala, "The Ford family of Detroit"). Then Armstrong.

One of the weirdest parts of all these name changes is that she was eight months pregnant with Kennedy, and married to Russell, when she filed her petition for a name change to "Ford." I wonder what "mother's maiden name" is listed on Kennedy's birth certificate. Was it Ford? Is that why she changed her name right before she gave birth to "Kennedy Caroline"?

More Inconsistencies/Lies:

- "Our marriage was 80% business" = "I didn't know anything about his business."
- "I popped my jaw back into place over a toilet" = "I massaged it back into place in bed"
- The date of the injury has changed several times (more times than she changed her name)
- She has already admitted that the photos she sold to ET, days after the suicide, were not from the alleged abuse, but from surgery "for a droopy eyelid."
- The reasons for her name change have changed several times.
- Adrienne is NOT Kennedy's godmother and never was.
- Russell went from bankruptcy the year they were married to "richer than Texas" four years later.
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177 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Bookd on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Taylor should be thinking about Russell's children (her own, and his with an ex) before she went ahead with this. Sadly, she can say anything she wants now that he is no longer here to defend himself. Her words would have credence if she told her 'story' while Russell was still alive. Unfortunately she only separated from him to get herself back on the Housewives show (the network apparently washed their hands of her and Russell with all their lawsuit threats, etc.). And the abuse only came to light after he was dead. Hmmm. There are time lines all over the internet showing that most of stories Taylor is telling couldn't possibly be true based on appearances she made and places she went. Couple that with her impeccable timing of this book and well..you be the judge.

How exactly will this 'save lives'? Taylor is basically saying keep your mouth shut if you have a financial gain, and there were so many reasons she couldn't possibly leave. So how is that saving anyone? It's encouraging people to stay in their bad situations out of fear, in my opinion. Seeing her on shows and interviews only reinforces this because she has a million excuses why she COULD NOT LEAVE. How does this help anyone? Least of all the little girl she put in danger if her stories are remotely true.

From what I've seen from Taylor and read in this book she is obviously someone in desperate need of attention, and feels she is entitled to some kind of high priced wealthy lifestyle. I would not recommend this to anyone.
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