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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: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,561 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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Customer Reviews

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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181 of 196 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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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Karen Clarke on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I watched RHOBH religiously. I am also aware of the terrible reviews Taylor's book received. Why did I buy it? I do feel like she was going through something, and her husband committed suicide. I am more intrigued by what his demons may have been. I am not even halfway through the book, I get to the chapter about vegetables and pizza. I did read somewhere that Russel threatened to kill her for not putting vegetables on their daughter Kennedey's pizza. However, in the book she recounts the incident happening when she made pizza for Russell's sons, before Kennedy was born. Now I feel cheated by this woman. Too bad.
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174 of 189 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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190 of 207 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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120 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Barbara M. Eres on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe anyone would take this woman seriously for one minute. She is aggressive (please see seasons 1&2 of the HW of BH). There is not one shred of evidence about her being hurt. Why didn't any doctor report this. Also this DO -(not psychiatrist) should have reported the so-called incidents. But how can he - there were no incidents. If anything the two of them were beating each other up. All I saw this last season was aggression and nastiness and manipulation with the poor me junk. I doubt very much that Taylor left Russell; I think it was the other way around. Taylor should write a book about what she is a grifter and a con artist, who made his other children
feel like 2nd class citizens. Taylor insults every woman, child, man who has suffered abuse and she should just go away quietly, however I think she will probably wind up in jail long term at one point. Also Kyle - please note a women doesn't have to stay with a man when she is getting a salary from Bravo and all of her supposed GF's are rich and were willing to help her. Not only is Taylor nuts, but her gf Kyle has been sipping some weird kool-aid. I certainly hope Child Protective people look in on how this drunk/pill-popping/hysterical fool is raising Kennedy. God bless Diane Dimond for her review and for speaking the truth as it really is.
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270 of 297 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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203 of 222 people found the following review helpful By EmilyM. on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read the book, and there are MANY inconsistencies between what is written within its pages, what has been well-documented to this point, and what has been claimed in the "author's" various versions given both on RHOBH and her recent media tour. There can be only one truth, and Ms. Armstrong insults her readers by assuming they will ignore this fact out of sympathy for her. Sorry, but this reader here didn't just fall off the turnip truck, and it wasn't lost on me that the fiction begins on the cover with her most recent alias.

I did not like shelling out cash for this pathetic exercise in narcissism, in that I see it as blood money. I did however want to see for myself how far Ms. Armstrong would go to make some last ditch Bravo Bucks at the expense of a man- the father of her child, who is not alive to give his version of the story and set his side of the record straight.

I'm sure there are people out there who will read this book and take its story as gospel truth. As P.T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute". "Taylor" is hoping to take this one truth to the bank.
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