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The Naked Truth: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewife of New Jersey--In Her Own Words [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Staub
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meet the Real Danielle…

You’ve seen her on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, turning heads, raising eyebrows, and igniting feuds with her feisty suburban neighbors. Now, the always fascinating Danielle Staub gets real about her scandalous past in the year’s most explosive tell-all memoir. . . .

When she signed on to appear in a reality TV show, Danielle had no idea what she was getting herself into. Hoping for a new lease on life after her recent divorce, the single mother of two became the target of vicious gossip, heated arguments, and endless controversy. When her housewife costars confronted her with the true crime book written about her ex-husband, the you-know-what hit the fan. Danielle knew she could no longer keep her checkered past a secret—and she had to set the record straight.

This is the real Danielle Staub, in her own words, as you’ve never seen her before. The child of an unmarried Italian teenager, Danielle was born in Pennsylvania (under the name Beverly Merrill) after her mother was pressured by her well-to-do family to leave Italy and not return until after she’d put her baby up for adoption.

After years of sexual abuse, she fled to Miami, where she became a model, living the kind of lifestyle she could only dream of as a child. She partied like a rock star and with them as well, but ended up marrying a deceitful man who held dangerous secrets of his own. Soon Danielle was caught up in a tangled web of lies, drugs, and abuse that landed her in the hospital more than once.

How she survived—leaving her husband, changing her name, and finally giving birth to two lovely daughters—is one shocking story you have to read to believe. If you thought The Real Housewives of New Jersey gave you the real story of Danielle Staub, you don’t know the half of it. Filled with glamour and grit, heartbreak and heroism, this brave, no-holds-barred memoir reveals the naked truth behind reality TV’s most talked-about star.

“You either love me or you hate me, there is no in between .” —Danielle Staub

For the first time ever, one of the stars of the hit television show The Real Housewives of New Jersey tells her side of the story, including . . .

• The truth behind Cop Without a Badge, the book that shocked the other housewives in the first season’s explosive finale.

• Her flashy, fast-paced life as a Miami model—and exotic dancer.

• Her controversial arrest and time spent in prison.

• Her wild hookups with famous celebrities, including an Olympian and a Miami Vice star.

• Her abusive childhood, rocky marriages, stormy divorces—and her triumphant rise as one of television’s most intriguing personalities.

It’s all here—and all real—in this straight-from-the-hip memoir from the Real Housewife who has all of New Jersey talking . . . and the whole world watching.

Editorial Reviews


"Her funny and unvarnished tales of the daily drudgeries of motherhood have made her the author of an incredibly popular Mommy blog."

ABC World News

About the Author

Danielle Staub is a real New Jersey housewife and the mother of two daughters, Christine and Jillian. For more information, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003L785RY
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truth??? September 7, 2010
The very first page of this book clearly states that this story is what she believes and has been told, but "cannot confirm even her mother's name." Since when are hearsay, gossip, or fairy tales truth? Anyone? She claims her adoptive mother, who died before she penned this book, told her she saw a well-dressed woman in the hospital, and concluded that the woman was Danielle's mother. Seriously? What kind of publishing house would allow this nonsense? Quoting Emily Dickenson? Comparing her teenage parents' romp to the scene in The Godfather when Vito first sees Apollonia? Come on. She paints a picture of a mafia princess for a mother, from a wealthy mafia family, who had her father killed. Excuse me...Romeo was killed. Juliet lived. The Capulets were wealthy Sicilians who picked Pennsylvania as the perfect locale to hide a bastard child, who's identity could ruin the mafia, Sicily, and all of Italy! Delusions of grandeur? You be the judge...I couldn't put this great, bathroom read down fast enough. The acknowledgments are actually 5 pages long. Can you imagine? 5 printed pages of acknowledgments! They include her 3 dogs (breed specified), hair colorist, makeup artist, each member of her film crew, personal friends, neighbors, facebook, and twitter fans, and even a celebrity she took a picture with. Not joking. She also included a thank you to "friend Danny Provenzano." In print he was her friend, but on the RHONJ reunion he was not her friend, just someone she filmed with. Might I add this book came out 8 months after the filming of the infamous gay slur at the benefit at the Brownstone. Danielle claimed on the reunion that that slur from Danny caused her to no longer speak to him. More naked truth. Great fantasy story! The Naked Truth...even though it cannot be confirmed. Just sayin.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me? December 21, 2010
I never watch any of the Housewife shows because they all get on my nerves. I have worked for every dime I have so I don't empathize with those type of women. I did request this book from my library (ha ha, no money spent on her) and thought is was the most sophomoric thing I have read in years. One quote in the first chapter just made me laugh..."My knowledge and appreciation of fine china...I must have perceived these things when I was in the womb and exposed to my birth mother's upscale Italian family". She doesn't even know her birth mother's name so how does she know they were rich and she learned to cook and play board games while in her teenage mother's uterus? This gal is absolutely nuts and the one person who liked her review sounds like a trailer trash jailbird herself so maybe the two of them could get an apartment and launch a new reality show on True TV. Please don't waste your time with this book. I also felt her memories of her "abuse" were about as trite and fabricated as they come. They in no way resemble any other memoir where a little girl was molested and they sound completely fake.
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122 of 144 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is the term truth used loosely? May 26, 2010
By S. Lyda
The book is not well written, but rather a rant to defend her factually proven dark past. I suggest you read her online blog for free if you really care, because it is the same. If you know anything about this women you will question after reading each line.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it was a sad sort of reverse fairy tale... June 8, 2010
Clearly this woman lives in a delusional world where she is Sicilian mafioso royalty of sorts...from her childhood "natural knowledge" of etiquette and comfort in rich surroundings to her constant need for revenge...she seems to thrive on the idea that her REAL family was rich and connected.

It's just very very sad, poorly written drivel.

I wish that Danielle could really appreciate what she has in her life instead of nursing an endless need for drama and "being noticed". She is constantly after the Manzo family b/c that is the kind of family she wished she was a part of. She wishes that her family was a large, close knit bunch. It kills her that she is rejected from this family, from the Guidice family...when all she has ever wanted in her life was exactly what they have.

it's just sad. I wish she could find some actual love and light. She can't seem to be happy with family she has. It will be a lifelong struggle I'm afraid.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply Disappointed August 20, 2010
I am a fan of the TV show and i was interested in finding out more information. After reading the book, i feel as uninformed as i did before.
The narrative was very convoluted and the book didn't flow. Her thoughts are all over the place and each "scene" does not lead into the next one. It was very hard to pay attention for more than a few paragraphs at a time.
Instead of providing an explanation and capturing the reader's attention, she gave no details, no supporting facts, nada. I can't see myself symphathizing or relating to the author which is the purpose of writing a book in the first place. Your time and money is best spent elsewhere.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get through the Free Sample from Kindle! October 25, 2010
This book is all fiction! This book had to be a fact checkers worst nightmare, because there is no way to check out anything, it all her word against everyone! This is because no one would ever comp to knowing her or being seen with her! I did not even finish the sample, as I was tired of her made up story of how she thinks her real mom is from a rich Italian family as Danielle likes nice things. Okay, my family is Italian and I like nice things, but so do all Italians as well as people in general!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't decide....
Not sure I believe her version of events. She seems to minimize and/or justify her actions, however I do think she was bullied by the other housewives of NJ. Read more
Published 10 days ago by sueinthewind
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH
Published 2 months ago by Concetta Ferlisi
3.0 out of 5 stars Mafia-style
worth it...sad & a little graphic
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie
1.0 out of 5 stars I will not read this book. I watch the ...
I will not read this book. I watch the housewives weekly. To be honest I turn the sound off when Danielle is on. She is cruel and down right mean. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Merrilyn Garceau
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
a real true story told from the heart of a once lonely abused child who only knew one way until she found her faith and her children. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than I expected
I almost hate myself for admitting this, but I actually liked this book. Is it New York Times material? Hell no. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maggie.Marie
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT CAN I SAY?????
I think that this book was also very self-deprecating. It certainly was very honest, but I felt I was reading a catharsis for Danielle rather than a bona fide story of her life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karen Wiltshire
1.0 out of 5 stars I wasted my time, so don't waste yours
What a load of self-serving horse crap! Danielle (if that's actually her name) takes no responsibility for any of her actions and expects people to believe that she was an... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Barb Lawrence
3.0 out of 5 stars The naked truth
I liked it. I now like her a little more. She is just a person, we should not judge others based on their choices, rather by how they show you personally who they are.
Published 11 months ago by Lynda G. Spangler-Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars The naked truth the real story behind the real housewife
Interesting story, sad. Well written reader will have to make up their own minds. You'll enjoy the book, at least I hope you do
Published 11 months ago by By .Chris Bohjaliae
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