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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451677715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451677713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I dont want Anyone i know helping Taylor get money off this book.
TexasGirl
This fabricated story is so sad because the accused is not here to tell the real story and defend Taylor Armstrong's lies.
DeeAnn
I'm so glad that I borrowed this book and didn't waste my money on it.
Boston1

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By aimee on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read portions of this at a local library, and I find it actually has frightening advice for those who have been abused. I don't believe Taylor was abused, her stories have too many inconsistencies. For her to make herself the poster child for domestic violence is appalling, and something she could do for FREE if she really was interested in saving lives, as she claims. This book needs to be pulled from the shelves of every library. To think someone who actually needs help in removing themselves from a violent situation, and thinks they need to read or purchase Taylor's book to help them, is horrifying to say the least.
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176 of 191 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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268 of 294 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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198 of 216 people found the following review helpful By reading riot on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I watched Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I never missed an episode. Throughout, Taylor seemed a contradictory character and when Russell committed suicide I was motivated to curiosity over what had really been brewing underneath their shambles of a marriage. Thus, when Taylor penned a book I was anxious to read it. Big mistake. I feel this book was ill timed and who will ever know if what she recounts as factual is indeed the total truth? Russell isn't here to contest anything she writes or says. It was poorly written too, that's for sure, (but then again I wasn't expecting literary craftsmanship). It amounts to "her side of the story" and from what I've observed on TV, she's a crazy mixed up confused little girl. I don't think all of that is Russell's fault either. Read it if you must, but be forewarned you won't gain more information than you already know and what she does offer as a behind the scenes look can never be proven as fact. A friend asked to borrow the book and returned it the next day. I asked her, "You breezed through it that fast?" and she said, "No. It was a crap story to begin with and I can write better than this in my sleep." So there you have it: a bad piece of fiction.
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188 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Sus on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The only 2 pages worth reading are at the end: National Resource Centers.

If you are a domestic violence victim, please do NOT expect this book to help you. Her story seems to be very contrived. It's awfully convenient that she decides she is a domestic violence victim after Russell's cash ran out.

Taylor goes through all the guys she has dated and why they were horrible to her. Then she meets Russell. On their first date she claims he was mean to her about another guy she dated. I feel very embarrassed for the kids that are involved in this situation.

I'm tired of these so-called "real" housewives that think they can write. This one read on a 4th grade level.
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171 of 186 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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