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

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In The Naked Truth, Danielle Staub, who’s been surrounded by controversy due to the now infamous book about her ex-husband, Cop Without a Badge, will finally get a chance to tell her side of the story and reveal the truth about her past.

A true story that could be found in the latest Hollywood gangster movie, Staub’s memoir is fraught with tragedy and heartache, low-lifes and high society. From living the good life as a model in Miami, spending a stint in the Big House after ...

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Overview

In The Naked Truth, Danielle Staub, who’s been surrounded by controversy due to the now infamous book about her ex-husband, Cop Without a Badge, will finally get a chance to tell her side of the story and reveal the truth about her past.

A true story that could be found in the latest Hollywood gangster movie, Staub’s memoir is fraught with tragedy and heartache, low-lifes and high society. From living the good life as a model in Miami, spending a stint in the Big House after getting mixed up with mobsters and the FBI, stripping and fighting for her life in New York, to finally settling down in New Jersey with her daughters, Danielle thought she had already seen it all, but in reality, her second act was just beginning.

Fascinating, juicy, sometimes shocking, but ultimately inspiring, The Naked Truth tells the real truth about the life she’s spent so long running from.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781439182895
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2010

    Please do not support this crazy person!!

    In the other review someone calls her warm, etc....serial killers and sociopaths are very good at getting people to warm up to them...and are naturaly charismatic.

    They say the she was victimized by scandalous gossip....she admitted on previous shows that she had phone sex with a complete stranger that she met on richmen.com (or something like that)...she gave herself the reputation...it was not assigned to her - she earned it.

    Maybe this book could be re-allocated to fiction.

    She is a liar and narcisscist! Please do not support her craziness or debauchery. I hope the show and book will give her husband the evidence she needs to get full custody...before her daughters end up like her.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    Um, Wow

    I read the book, and I must say... It seemed quite strange. It had a sense of fake-ness to it, and a type of 'poor me' feel to it. Although, to be fair, after reading this book I did some research. And after what I read, I am positive that this woman needs help. Apparently, she changes her stories around, and when she claimed her ex-husband was lying about what he said in HIS book (that Danielle was a prostitute, major coke head, and kidnapped to pay for coke...) he took a lie detector test and was told to be truthful. Since Danielle refused to take the same test, I think it is obvious that she is lying. It also turns out, Danielle is being sued on three different accounts. Anyway, the point is, do some research on this Danielle girl, once you know the TRUTH and not what she claims... She seems a lot scarier. Hopefully she will find help, a doctor or something. She needs to get a real job instead of trying to be a celebrity.

    Hope her children are well.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    Don't read this

    Alright so first off I just want to address that this book is really complete garbage. Second off, I want to go over some points in the book as I was reading it. First, she is really over dramatic. Some of the things she describes that happened to her are pretty unreal and far fetched. The text sounds as if she is telling a made up story. Second, contradictions. She contradicts her self numerous times in this book. I guarantee this woman has a multiple personality disorder because one page she would be talking about not ever doing one thing and the next so would be doing that exact thing. Crazy! Lastly, there are multiple grammar errors. It's sad that there are two authors working on this book and not one of them has the mental capacity to notice these ridiculous mistakes. So there you have it. This woman obviously needs help. Her 'memoir' is completely unreliable and just straight up garbage.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Waste of Time

    I told myself I was not going to buy this book, so I borrowed it from a friend who had purchased it and advised me it was terrible...I still took time to read some of it. Complete waste of my time, talk about a drama filled book, I wondered what was real and what was "fluff". The book is returned to it's owner who will likely sell it at a garage sale for 25 cents and I can honestly say I DON'T have to pay attention to you any longer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    You WILL pay attention, and she won't have to say PUH-LEASE.

    I had the fortunate and quite lovely experience of meeting Ms. Staub at a recent book signing. As soon as she walked into the room, a warmth filled it. Within minutes, she was up, walking back and forth in the sea of fans, taking questions of all different topics and answering them openly and honestly, laughing along with us, and just speaking from the heart, as if she knew everyone in the room since childhood.

    Let's face it. Every good tv show needs a "villian" and for whatever reason, the ladies of RHWONJ decided to declare her it. From listening to her speak, and reading her story, you realize she is not a villian, nor is she a victim. She stands up for what she believes in, and she doesn't hold back. Unforunately, nowadays when a woman speaks her mind she is deemed a b*tch. If that's it, so be it. But, I do promise this book will bring an empowerment, a sense of comfort, and softness in the hearts of all that read it.

    Congratulations Ms. Staub. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together, and I can't wait til dinner! <3

    xoxoxox

    4 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2010

    Waste of money

    I tried to read this book but it is painfully awful.

    TOTALY waste of money. She isn't interesting, she isn't funny or charming. She is just a low-life who is trying way too hard to be famous.

    Worst book I have ever read. A third grader could have done a better job.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    How much is true?

    If you are looking for a book to get more info about the Real Housewives of NJ, this is not the book for you. This is all about Danielle's early life. To me it seemed that she was hell bent on proving to the world the truth about all the things that Teresa called her in the last seasons finale. I think maybe 25% of it is true. She talks about having an imginary friend when she was little but the curious thing is that the "imaginary" friend still talks to her to this day. I am not sure if Danielle is bipolar or if she is just looking for people to feel sorry for her. I think it is probably the latter. I really think that this is what this book is all about, for people to feel sorry for all the troubles she had endured. If she was abused as a child as she says, then that is not her fault and I do feel sorry for her for that. But all the other things that she got herself into is her own fault and I HIGHLY doubt that she went to prison for ALL false charges. I usually like reading peoples stories, but this is not one that I would recommend to someone or even lend out in that hopes that they would like it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2010

    What a waste!

    I read this book and I want my money back, I can't believe I wasted my time reading this book, I thought I'd give it a chance, don't bother reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

    I want my money back

    I don't no what is worst the fact that such garbage was printed in the first place or that i waste my time attempting to read it.
    Please save your time and your money dont even touch this book the garbage might contaminate you

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2010

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    A good and fascinating read! A movie in the making!!!!

    Danielle did a good job, it is not about taking sides but it is about interesting events. People who are adopted can be either confused or have inaccurate information, because of the lack of knowledge that may not be provided directly from the biological parents. I don't hold her being adopted and not born to a biological rich and nurturing family against her. I found the part of losing her first child (which was a son) to SIDS extremely devastating and of course,that leaves a lasting impression. Naked Truth really explains why she is who she is, and why she makes these choices today. It is the raw deal. I find her wanting happiness, a family, children, and friends very real. Athough, her methods can be questioned, I do Not question her goals. It is a window into her head and that is what I wanted. All of my numerous questions were answered. Danielle's happily ever after in her marriage came to a sudden halt, and it's every woman's nighmare. I am very excited for her book, and that her daughters seem very educated and athletic. I want her children to explode with success and love!!! If you do not want to read this for Danielle, then read it for her daughters. Danielle beautifully describes her beautiful and talented daughters from birth to present inside and out..soup to nuts!

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Lunacy and Fiction in a Memior

    I am a big fan of the RHONJ. I decided that I needed to read this book to satisfy my curiosity about what the outrageous Danielle Staub would come up with next. After reading other reviews and seeing how poorly it was rated I thought, well at least Ill get a good laugh and that I certainly did. This book is badly written. How it got published Ill never understand, and the editing, was it edited? Did anyone with a degree proofread this book? My guess is no. This woman is a nut. She begs for sympathy throughout the book and blames her bad choices in her adult life on a childhood that frankly Im not convinced even happened. There are so many contradictions in this book its hard to even keep with. I have learned through life experiences with people that if it doesnt make sense, its not true. Next on my list is Cop Without A Badge. Now I need to satisfy my curiosity for the truth, you wont be getting that from Danielles memiors. But you will be getting a good laugh while reading the ridiculousnous in this book. Ill give it two stars for that. Bravo Danielle, Bravo. You managed to finally convince the rest of your audience that you truly are a lunatic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    motivating

    i loved this journey

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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