DC TO 'THE A'
In late 2008, one of the most influential reality shows in TV history aired: The Real Housewives of Atlanta. 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' introduced us to a funny, vibrant, elaborate group of women living their best lives in and around moneyed Atlanta. While cast members have come and gone, and come again, the show remains a fan favorite, still, almost 13 years later. But did you know some of your favorite Housewives were authors, too? Check out this booklist for more!
Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way by Nene Leakes with Denene Millner
Nene Leakes is, hands down, the breakout star of #RHOA. Since the show's debut, she's solidified herself as a Reality TV legend with groundbreaking moments and memorable "bloops" that are forever ingrained in pop culture history. In 2009, Leakes took her star a bit further by releasing her book with Denene Millner called, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way. In it, she discusses her painful childhood, her journey through single motherhood, and her quest to follow her dreams. If you're a Nene Leakes fan AND you miss the early days of RHOA, this one is for you.
Wives, Fiancees, and Sidechicks of Atlanta by Sheree Whitfield
Another veteran of the RHOA franchise is Sheree Whitfield. Whitfield began her Housewives journey as a recent divorcee and mother of three who had a thing for the finer things in life. As the series grew, she explored love, life, and entrepreneurship; and solidified herself as the "bone-collector"---see show for more. But not only was she the bone-collector (the person who collects personal information and shares it with others in hopes of "keeping it real"), she also became an author. In her fictional tale, Wives, Fiancees, and Sidechicks of Atlanta, Whitfield explores the thin line between following your dreams and getting caught up in the flashing lights of high society. If you're interested in reading more about Whitfield's fictional character, Sasha Wellington, and how she balances the two, this book is for you.
Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood by Kim Fields with Todd Gold
An unlikely, but notable, member of the RHOA franchise? Kim Fields. Fields is a well-known TV actress, producer, and director best known for her roles in the 80s and 90s TV classics, Facts of Life and Living Single. Just a one-season cast member, Fields shared her journey as a mother, wife, and creative businesswoman. With a laid-back but no-nonsense approach, she became the center of season-focused storylines. After that, she went on to write a book with Todd Gold called, Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood. Blessed Life is about Fields' journey in "living, learning, and keen moments of self-discovery". If you're a Kim Fields fan, this is for you.
Some Housewives are memorable, and some Housewives are MEMORABLE. With her wit, charm, and "southern" shade, Phaedra Parks was (and still is) a fan favorite. On the show, she shared her life as a wife, mother, attorney, and serial entrepreneur. Fun fact: she showed viewers her journey in becoming a mortician. As a self-proclaimed, "southern belle", with just a few quirks, Parks went on to write a book with almost the same name---Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment. In it, she provides tips and tricks on how to become your best self in the most Phaedra/ southern belle way. Imagine Phaedra giving you advice...this is that book. If you miss Phaedra's Phaedrisms, this is for you.
Have you ever thought about editing a reality show? Are you fascinated with storylines and who created them? Well, Editing Reality TV: The Easily Accessible, High-Paying Hollywood Job That Nobody Knows About may be for you! Want to follow yourdream? Check this book out for more.