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“I like to think of Not All Diamonds and Rosé as the ultimate reunion. I know readers will be surprised, entertained, and even shocked at what’s in store." - Andy Cohen
Dave Quinn's Not All Diamonds and Rosé is the definitive oral history of the hit television franchise, from its unlikely start in the gated communities of Orange County to the pop culture behemoth it has become—spanning nine cities, hundreds of cast members, and millions of fans.
What is it really like to be a housewife? We all want to know, but only the women we love to watch and the people who make the show have the whole story. Well, listen in close, because they’re about to tell all.
Nearly all the wives, producers, and network executives, as well as Andy Cohen himself, are on the record, unfiltered and unvarnished about what it really takes to have a tagline. This is your VIP pass to the lives behind the glam squads, testimonials, and tabloid feuds.
Life’s not all diamonds and rosé, but the truth is so much better, isn’t it?
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For Real Housewives fans, this is the tell-all to end all tell-alls. Entertainment journalist Dave Quinn treats us to the juiciest highlights from his hours of interviews with the TV franchise’s stars, executive producers, and crew across seven cities. From iconic on-screen moments like that notorious flipped table to exactly how being on the show changes the wives’ day-to-day lives, Not All Diamonds and Rosé examines the reality brand turned global phenomenon from the inside, serving up all kinds of behind-the-scenes confessions and gossip. (Smack is talked and tea is spilled, and Andy Cohen himself is not spared!) Like the ultimate reunion show—one where the crew gets their say along with the stars—this is a binge-worthy read for both devoted fans and casual watchers.
Journalist Quinn debuts with a tell-all oral history of the Real Housewives franchise that's as sweeping as it is scandalous. Pulling from more than 175 interviews with Housewives, "Bravolebrities," producers, and network executives, Quinn takes readers from Orange County where the show took off in 2006 to Housewife cities New York; Atlanta; New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Beverly Hills; Miami; Potomac, Md.; and Dallas, as the show's cast and crew dish on behind-the-scenes drama about everything from rivalries between the women to affairs, faked cancer, and firings. Musing on the show's title, former network executive Lauren Zalaznick explains that while its cheekiness was "a play on Desperate Housewives and The OC,"its on-screen characters "worked hard every day." Though executive producer Andy Cohen confesses he was "ready to kill the show," due to bumps in production the first season, he adoringly recalls how the Real Housewives' ability to capture the fascination of his friends (and millions of others) changed the trajectory of his life. In addition to pages of snarky banter between Housewives, the book concludes with a delightful "Tagline Catalog" of unforgettable quotes from the shows such as Lynne Curtin's classic adage, "It's not about how much money you have, it's about how good you look spending it." Fans will drink this up as quickly as the Housewives would a glass of champagne.
Great read but structurally a little inconsistent
Loved it, and flew through it. A lot of hot tea, yet I was wanting more at times. Some parts felt super long, and at times unnecessary- like the RHOC chapter- while others felt a little rushed and could’ve used more commentary and more behind the scenes— like the RHONY chapter. Certain housewives felt like they were talked about at length, while others were mentioned once or twice and then somewhat skipped over. Great read though, and way better than Boylan’s 100%! Recommended for any housewives fan!
Amazing insight for Bravoholics!
This book is a must read if you’re a housewives fanatic! Dave interviewed pretty much all the housewives from every franchise as well as the principle crew that had a hand in the show behind the scenes.
Highly recommend for those who want to hear how these shows are casted and the decisions going into when housewives don’t return.
This was a pretty enjoyable read.
This goes to show that there is no way you can catch every moment on TV. There is so much occurring behind the scenes.