I’m a serious fan of The Real Housewives series, especially of the New Jersey installment. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good comeback story? Whether it’s the big hair, gawdy fashion or over the top arguments, the New Jersey housewives know how to make an explosive impact, especially Teresa Giudice.
After an 11-month prison sentence as inmate 65703-050 at Danbury Correctional Facility in Connecticut, Giudice is a free woman and author of her first memoir, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again (Gallery Books, February 9), which was released today.
Giudice is not only sharing her experience behind bars (buckle up!), but also what it takes to be a part of the über-popular reality TV franchise and how important her family truly is to her. After watching someone in the public eye, like Giudice, face the consequences of breaking the law, we see that there is a REAL story behind the “reality” version that we watch each week. And in Turning The Tables, Giudice is laying all of her cards on the table, since those table-flipping days are over!
“It was nothing like being on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, let me tell you,” Giudice tells Amy Robach of ABC News. “And I thought Real Housewives of New Jersey was drama… when you go to prison there’s a lot of drama.”
On Bravo’s housewife franchise, we only see the glamour and glitz nestled in the New Jersey suburb of Franklin Lakes. Turning the Tables captures her life as an inmate dealing with catfights, dropping two dress sizes through Yoga and Pilates, her heartbreaking departure from her four beautiful daughters and working three days a week in the kitchen for a $1.60 paycheck. Can you say, humbling?
This page-turner is one I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. So I’m curling up with the memoir, a glass of red wine and homemade gravy as I read this reality star’s story of staying positive and climbing back to the top of The Real Housewives.