The stars of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise are certainly known for being open books, and many of them have used that skill to write actual books. From serious memoirs to guilty pleasure beach reads, here are the books written by Real Housewives stars that are sure to be page-turners for fans of the Bravolebrities.
Of course, many of the women have gotten their writing published as a result of their reality show fame. In her typical no-nonsense fashion, Bethenny Frankel made no secret of putting a spotlight on Naturally Thin, the diet book she was working on before The Real Housewives of New York City premiered in 2008. “It’s not that easy to get on television, and I’m writing this book, and I can use it as a platform,” she said in 2015, according to The New Yorker.
Others, like her fellow NYC cast mate Carole Radziwill, were successful writers prior to Housewife fame. An Emmy-winning journalist at ABC News, she left her job to write her best-selling memoir about her late husband Anthony Radziwill, What Remains: A Memoir of Faith, Friendship, and Love in 2000 — 11 years before joining the Bravo hit. Side note: The book jacket even boasted a seal of approval from Oprah Winfrey herself, who called her tome "stunning."
While not all of our lives are filled with diamonds and rosé, taking a page from Lisa Vanderpump's lifestyle book may help readers get somewhere close. And then there are juicy memoirs like Teresa Giudice's post-prison effort that take you behind the scenes of all the juicy tabloid stories. So go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine and crack open a book from this Housewives reading list.