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The Naked Truth: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewife of New Jersey--In Her Own Words Paperback – April 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (April 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182901
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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

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INTRODUCTION

The headline on the flyer handed to me at the Chateau hair salon in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, said “Jersey Girls: My Fabulous Life.” It was advertising the casting of a new televised reality show, and the flyer created quite a buzz among all the local girls, who imagined that their “fabulous” suburban lives would fascinate audiences everywhere. My reaction was quite the opposite: “My life sucks, so no thanks.”

Six months later, I was again approached about appearing on the reality show. The only show airing on Bravo within the Housewives franchise at the time was The Real Housewives of Orange County and I hadn’t seen it, but it had gotten a stamp of approval from my eldest daughter, Christine (who has become my “go-to” girlfriend for all of my big decisions), so I checked the show out for myself. I definitely liked what I saw.

After viewing an episode, I found it offered refreshing insight into families as well as friendships among married and single women alike. Single moms on the show were going through their problems while getting advice and support from their castmates. This made me think I should consider participating in the show.

In the beginning, I believed being on The Real Housewives of New Jersey was going to be an uplifting, quirky, fun, joining-of-the-hands experience that would perhaps entail a little drama shared by all of us. I soon found out how wrong I was. I became the focus of a character attack delivered at the hands of those who would, I thought, be holding mine in friendship. As the first season played out, my castmates’ biggest source of ammunition was a book (that came to be referred to as “the book”)—the expose written about my first husband, Kevin Maher.

Ironically, being exposed on TV forced me to reconcile my present with my past and realize that those experiences, for better or worse, made me who I am today. As I dealt with the scrutiny of my castmates, something clicked. People were taking so much interest in someone else’s take on my life that I decided they would perhaps like to know how it had really happened. And my fellow housewives had no right to turn what was my tortured past into the present. I realized that if the public had this much interest in my life, then it was time that I told my story in my own words. There are no two sides to one’s life story. If you didn’t live it, it’s not yours to speak of. don’t want to pretend or claim to be a voice for every housewife. But I have a voice and I intend to use it. I will lend my life as an example for others.

I get notes every day from people who pour their hearts out to me about their own challenges and how they can relate to my life’s struggles on many levels. These are the people whom I wrote this book for, as well as my children and myself. Every story that’s been written about me—and there have been a lot—has been edited. This book is the unedited version of my life. What you read in the following chapters is what happened the way I remember it.

In this memoir, I’m finally baring it all. The title, The Naked Truth, doesn’t refer to being naked without clothing. It means naked as in stripped down and laid bare. It means naked without skin—totally raw to the bone. That’s exactly what this book is. No matter what has happened in my life, good or bad, I am now in a place where I can make some sense out of it and hopefully help some others to do the same. It’s time to set the record straight and correct all the lies. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then hell is a quaint suburb in New Jersey and the woman scorned is resident housewife Danielle Staub.

You either love me or you hate me, there is no in-between. But people are going to pay attention when I’m around.

© 2010 Danielle Staub

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My one star is due to the fact that it's a very, very fast read.
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This wasn't because I felt I deserved to be rich, but in my own home I felt like an outsider, never in the right place at the right time.
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Had to read and re-read sentences because it was so poorly written that the grammatical structures didn't make sense.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By LaughingWhileReading on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E.P. Brookshire VINE VOICE on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By S. Lyda on May 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Campbell on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By like to shop on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By N. Bennett on October 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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