'Real Housewives of NJ's' Caroline Manzo Talks Her New Book: 'I Will Always Tell the Truth' (Q&A)

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Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise has created several authors including Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin and Teresa Giudice. It can now add another castmember to the list with The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Caroline Manzo.

Her new book – Let Me Tell You Something – is being published by HarperCollins and releases on March 23, 2013.

Celebuzz spoke with “Mama Manzo” recently about why she decided to write the book, how fans helped mold its content and how she chose what to include.

Celebuzz: Why did you decide to write it at this time? Caroline Manzo: Thankfully enough, it wasn’t really my decision. It was my PR people and my management people saying to me, “Now is the time. You’ve been on the show for a while and you’ve had the radio show and the columns that do well.” For me I just didn’t want to do anything without having my “peeps” so to speak. So they just kind of pushed me saying, “Now is the time to do it. What are you waiting for?” So, I did.

CB: How did you decide what you would and wouldn’t include? CM: It pretty much was born from questions that I have gotten over the years from viewers. Primarily my relationship with my kids, the kids relationship with each other, my relationship with my husband and our marriage, and being entrepreneurs, sticking up for the rough times kind of thing and it kind of speaks to all that. And my attitude is always a positive one. It’s never a negative one. So it has a comfortable, no nonsense, and do-what-you-have-to-do in this life vibe.

CB: Would you consider it a memoir or an advice book – a little bit of both? CM: I don’t think it’s a memoir. I don’t think it’s an advice book. I don’t feel I have the right to write a memoir. I just feel like I’m on a reality television show. At this point in the game, that’s called a mom of three kids that did a great job. I could pat myself on the back and my husband for that accomplishment. I have a great marriage. We’ve managed to carve out a very nice life for ourselves, but at the same time I don’t feel like I should speak to anyone. I don’t know, a memoir to me is something that’s very presidential. Presidents do that, people that really accomplish something in history in life. That’s not me, but at the same time I’m speaking to all the viewers that have asked me these questions.

CB: Do you talk about how you handle your children’s issues like Albie’s experience with Fordham and Lauren’s weight issues now that you could give a longer explanation on those things. CM: Absolutely and that’s where this is coming from. Albie was told in high school that he would never get into Fordham, much less graduate. And Albie graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Business in 2008, went on to law school with a learning disability. I speak, too, on the show when you see that scene and how it came about and what was going on in the background. It’s kind of like little did-you-know-that background things. When you saw this on the show this is what was going on behind the scenes kind of thing. Nothing negative, nothing negative at all.

I talk about Lauren’s weight and what’s really cool is each of my kids when I tell a story about them, I include one of their favorite recipes. So, it’s not a cookbook. It’s just like here’s Albie’s story and here’s Albie’s favorite recipe. And there’ll be photos and things like that. What I love about it is when I speak about Albie’s learning disability and Lauren’s weight and Christopher growing up, there’s also a little sidebar from each of my kids saying how they were affected by it and how they saw it through their eyes coming from me which is pretty interesting.

CB: Do you address things in the book that have been questioned over the years like rumors and misconceptions about your family, such as the mafia connection? CM: Yes. I’ve never hidden from anything that has been presented to me. I’m a very proud person, proud of my family, proud of my life that I’ve built with Al. And at the same time, I don’t skirt around anything. We are an American family that has the same issues as everyone else. If something comes to me, I will always tell the truth because I’m not ashamed of it. I think there are things that you learn from every aspect of life: The good and the bad. So in this book, I talk about a lot of things in my life that have never been on the show that made me the person I am today for better or worse.

CB: Do you address how being on the show may have contributed to your feuds with Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice and the way you handled them? CM: Without a doubt. I talk about that too and how that affected me. Because in my reality, that would have never happened. I would’ve chosen to walk away and just stay out of that person’s life but because you do the show you’re around them. You don’t have the option. And at the same time not having the option, you have to make a decision: Do I worry about losing fans or do I worry about being true to myself? And it’s that struggle, as well, that I talk about.

Let Me Tell You Something is currently available for pre-order. The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays at 10 PM on Bravo.

Are you looking forward to reading Caroline's book? Tell us in the comments section below.

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  • labeyta

    cannot stand caroline. would never want her in my circle of friends. she thinks she is right about everything and sticks her nose where it don't belong. she is an instigator and a gossip.

  • Karen Miller
    Karen Miller

    Somehow her wisdom turned to trash talk and I won't spend a dime on her book. Im sure she is popular in her area but hope America does not support the bullying she coached all her family and the others to do against Teresa. Right now to listen to her advice would be foolishness.

  • Gia

    Caroline has to go...

  • celi

    me too ,i have since become tres advocate ,why will we want to read again what she did on the show ,or said out of her mouth ,she said tre was ugly,well get a mirror lady,the kettle is blk.

  • celi

    wht cant you see she is doing what she accuses others of selling a story a lie

  • MomaJackie

    Not on my reading list. Caroline was once my favorite housewife. But, in the last two seasons, she has become mean, jealous and down right ugly. She and the others actually turned me into a fan of Teresa. It's not nice to be a bully.

  • gyleches

    She does not talk about that fact that out of 9 brothers and sisters only 2 are in her life.

  • amydanieri37

    I abloustly am a huge fan of this show i never miss an expisode we all have our favroites on the show and by rading these commits on here wow there are some negative thoughts on here but people are intilled to there own opinion so my favroite on this show is caroline shes awesome a real trooper she put up with everything so thats my favroite on the show and congradulations on your book you have alot of people supporting you and your book

  • LA viewer
    LA viewer

    Nancy, Get a life and think straight.

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to your book Caroline. Ignore the nasty comments....you have a lot of fans!

  • bethlee

    First of all I used to love to watch RHWNJ but you have become such a vicious witch that I can't stand to watch it anymore. I certinally will not buy your book, I do not care to read about the Manzos. Brovo needs to fire the whole bunch of you.

  • lullo

    We have caught her in several lies and contradictions, no Teresa fan but I hate how much she criticizesher, this woman needs a mirror! and their children a real job!

  • Lisa

    Wow Debbie. She is saying that she is putting it all in there. Sounds like a family autobiography.

  • Debbie

    STFU- when you tell the truth about your feuds w/ your own family then you can talk