Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Real Housewives Spilling Tea, Throwing Shade, and Sharing Secrets by Dave Quinn
Published by Andy Cohen Books
Publication date: October 19, 2021
Genres: Non-fiction, History, Pop culture, Vacation Reading
Am I proud that I watch The Real Housewives series? No, but I console myself by the amount of high quality reading I do so there’s that. Now that I got that out of the way, let’s get on to the god stuff: Not All Diamonds and Rosé is an oral history of the Real Housewives franchise. For some of you, just reading that is enough to make your eyes bleed (at least that’s what my husband says the series does to him). If you enjoy the over-the-top shenanigans of the wealthy (or pretending to be wealthy) women filmed in cities around the U.S. as much as I do then this book is catnip. Meow.
Author Dave Quinn arranges Not All Diamonds chronologically beginning with the first group of women in Orange County, California and going all the way through to the newest iteration, Salt Lake City. The book is an oral history composed of interviews with everyone involved from the producers to the cast and even Bravo management. If you follow any of the shows it provides gossipy behind-the-scenes details from the women themselves and the crew members who interacted with them. Even if you don’t watch the franchise, the seven shows, are emblematic of 15 years of American pop culture.
Could I write about this book for the next four paragraphs because it is filled with such dishy she said/she said delight? Yes. But I won’t. If you love the Real Housewives the way I do then Not All Diamonds and Rosé is a must-read situation. If not, pretend you never saw this.
If you’re a diehard Real Housewives fan you’ll also enjoy The Housewives by Brian Moylan
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