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‚?†Yes, another cable TV icon has penned a book.
This time, though, it‚??s one worth its salt. In ‚??Life Is Not a Reality Show: Keeping It Real with the Housewife Who Does It All,‚?Ě Kyle Richards of ‚??Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‚?Ě fame sketches the blueprint for a life fully lived, regardless of the money one has, and offers a glimpse behind the glitz and glamour of her public persona.
‚??Life Is Not a Reality Show‚?Ě is essentially a mild version of a self-help book divided into chapters on everything from dating advice to style tips and is sprinkled with Richards‚?? personal anecdotes. With a gorgeous, doting husband and four seemingly well-rounded kids, Richards at least seems to have her stuff together, so what could it really hurt to see what she has to offer?
Some may take issue with the fact that she‚??s on a Bravo television show, dismissing her nuggets of wisdom for mere pandering to an audience addicted to superficiality. But that would be unfortunate, because once one accepts Richards‚?? offering for what it is ‚??one person‚??s perspective and insights on life ‚?? what lies within is a great deal of sweetly articulated friendly and motherly advice.
It‚??s very easy to jump to conclusions about someone based on very little public knowledge about them, but Richards is forthcoming about her marriage, relationships and her methods of childrearing, and she‚??s refreshingly devoid of the very kind of stereotyping naysayers use against her.
Her voice is one that lacks condescension, and while ‚??Life Is Not a Reality Show‚?Ě is admittedly chockfull of estrogen, it‚??s also a delicious little escape, like meeting a good friend for a glass of wine. Richards isn‚??t pious about the way she raises her kids, nor does she pontificate on the myriad ways to spend unseemly amounts of money on garbage.
And yes, there is a chapter dedicated entirely to her hair. Let‚??s get this out of the way. It‚??s her signature, and talking about it is part of the girly-girl nature to which she prescribes. While it may sound superficial, it‚??s one small (very fun) bite of an entire book that is dedicated to the joys of living positively.
The passages about her mother are particularly poignant, candid and sentimental. And they‚??re easy for most women, whether simply a daughter or with children themselves, to relate to. Her devotion to her family, including her mother, her husband, her kids and her sisters, adds another dimension to her personality. One wouldn‚??t be able to fake the love that emanates from the pages of Richards‚?? book.
She still has the kind of money most of us could only dream of, but Richards also has substance, and if a certain level of respect can be maintained between author and reader, then ‚??Life Is Not a Reality Show‚?Ě becomes just as much fun as an episode of ‚??Real Housewives,‚?Ě minus the occasional emotional altercation.
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