Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman

Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman

by Caroline Manzo


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Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman by Caroline Manzo

Let Me Tell You Something offers insights and lessons on how to create a happy and fulfilling life from Caroline Manzo, the tell-it-like-it-is, breakout star and fan favorite of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

In this personal and practical guide, Caroline Manzo reveals how she has achieved a life that many viewers envy—a close relationship with her children, a strong marriage, and a firm belief in loyalty to friends. She brings her life experience and pragmatic outlook to tough questions about family, friendship, love, and more.

With wit and wisdom, Manzo opens up about life, family, raising children, love, and aging. Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a Real Housewife, Tough-Love Mother, and Street-Smart Businesswoman includes personal color photographs and lots of sage advice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062218872
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Caroline Manzo, star of the Bravo reality hit The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is a devoted wife and mother of three children. Caroline is affiliated with several charities, including SCTNow, a foundation dedicated to stopping child trafficking within U.S. borders, CROC, a foundation for helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, and Wounded Warrior Project.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I Public Property 1

These are real, and I love my husband! I don't belong on this show!

I've never been afraid to speak my mind.

I have to pinch myself every day to make sure I'm not dreaming.

You wanna be on a reality show? You better toughen up.

I've met some amazing fans … this one touched me the most.

Your kid is gay? So what? He's still your kid!

Loyalty is important, but it's a two-way street.

Part II Traditions 25

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner: pick one meal a day to have with your family.

Everybody eat! Food is love.

Big families are tough, and I haven't even begun to figure them out.

There's no such thing as a perfect Christmas.

Christmas traditions evolve; embrace the changes.

Remember: it's Christmas presence, not Christmas presents.

My house is a home, not a museum. Kick your feet up and relax. If something spills, that's what mops are for.

Always serve tea in a cup with a saucer.

Part III Kids 68

For spoiled kids, my kids worked their asses off.

Talking about sex with your kids may be uncomfortable, but it's easier than an unplanned pregnancy.

Principal, I want you to punish my kids.

Be a parent now. You can't press "rewind" later.

The secret to being good parents is to never disagree with each other in front of your kids.

Overprotective parents raise underprepared kids.

I'm your mother, not your friend.

I raised kids, not monsters.

I'd rather you said fuck than did heroin.

Drugs may kill you, but your father will kill you first.

Part IV Love 101

Early boyfriends are your training for Mr. Right.

Picking a man is like picking a racehorse.

Believe in fate.

Love can triumph over tragedy.

Don't become a Bridezilla!

Marriage is a marathon; you gotta stay in shape!

Marrying someone I never lived with was tough-and so were our early years.

My miscarriages didn't destroy me.

For a stay-at-home mom, I've had some crazy adventures.

Cheating? It didn't happen, but it could.

How to argue with your husband so he still loves you!

My kids will all grow up and leave me one day to start families of their own, and nothing would make me happier.

I hate it when my kids break up with someone.

Part V Body 151

I'm fifty-one, but in my head I'm seventeen.

Always try to look your best; there's no reason to scare yourself every time you pass the mirror.

A clean-shaven … face?

People think my job is glamorous-but I think photo shoots are hell!

This face is mine and I'm not going to change it!

Don't touch my face, but tuck my tummy away.

My sons will never see me in a bikini!

Part VI Life 173

I'm a badass with a heart; I cry at Kodak commercials.

Book smarts are great, but without street smarts and personality, you got nothing.

I laugh a lot. At myself. And so should you. Humor will get you through the hard times.

Everybody shits on a bowl. Never allow yourself to be intimidated.

Tell the truth. Lies will always bite you in the ass.

I may not be the smartest or the prettiest, but you will remember me.

You have only one life. Take that stage and own it.

I gauge my problems with one question: Will this affect my life one year from now? If the answer is yes I solve it. If the answer is no, I don't obsess over it.

Reading will set you free.

Respect is free, but you gotta earn your keep.

I'm Albert's wife, and Albie, Christopher, and Lauren' mom, but I never forgot who Caroline Manzo is.

There's always someone out there who's got it worse than you. Say a prayer and help them.

Afterword 213

Affirmations 216

Acknowledgments 220

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste you time or money. I love you Caroline, but you cannot write! the margins are so large in some area, this is a 183 nook book that is really 100 pages. And hse just keeps repeating the same stuff over and over again. Sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was particularly struck by a passage in Ms. Manzo's "book," where she describes her children as jokesters and then tells a disturbing story....her son Christopher was filming in Punta Cunta and the cameraman was walking backwards in order to obtain the footage (with a very expensive camera). Christopher saw that the cameraman was going to fall right into a pool and ruin the equipment and did not say a word because he thought it would be hilarious. Thankfully, a member of production saved the poor man from not only embarrassment, but I bet also having to reimburse the cost of that highly expensive equipment. If this is how Ms. Manzo raises her children, I will decline any advice she has to give. Shame on her, and her son. Not everyone was born with a silver spoon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will teach you absolutely nothing. It is a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same condescending point of view as seen on RHONJ. Was hoping for something for different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same "holier than thou" attitude thought this would be different and is not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very interesting, especially if you wanted to see a better picture of Carolyn Manzo. She talks about her life, it is not a tell all about the other New Jersey housewives. If you love Carolyn from the TV show you should enjoy learning more about her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caroline Manzo does a great job of getting her point across. An entertaining and informative read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg awful no class at all. Trashy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was talking with Caroline! It was a great way to get a dose of her since I miss her so much on RHNJ!
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The worst ever
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For a 51 year old mother of three on a hit reality show, Caroline Manzo should have more to "tell". The book is based on questions asked of her via email or presumably her radio show. Throughout there is a sprinkling of 'Ask Caroline' - fans asking advice. But I wouldn't consider this a memoir. As a RH fan, Caroline was never my favorite housewife but I could tell she was an excellent wife and mother. As probably most of those who watch the show mirror my opinion and a lot of her 'advice' is related to she being a good wife and mother. And kudos for her for stating - "my husband comes first"! My problem with the book is that she comes from a large Italian American family and said next to nothing about any of her siblings - even Dina, who she had been estranged from. There's really no substance. And, if looking for any insights into the show or gossip, you won't find it here. The only information she shares is her self-stroking "the RH staff is like family" and how she makes sure they're fed and gives them gifts at Christmas. In fact, there's a lot of self-stroking in this book - probably trying to justify herself to critics. Caroline's book is short but I commend her on writing a book and getting it published.
Amanda_P More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book. Worth reading. The author has a strong and powerful voice. It is no wonder she is a success.
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