April 27, 2009

LuAnn de Lesseps Wrote An Autobiography

Posted in authored by John Gohde tagged , , , , , , , at 9:18 pm by John Gohde

This a book review of Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair which was written by the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York City and co-author Diane Reverand.

Class with the Countess

How to Live with Elegance and Flair

It is physically a rather small hardback book of approximately 250 pages which retails for $24.00. It has a few photographs in it, but the photo quality is really bad. It is classified as a book on etiquette which is usually located in the wedding section in most bookstores. Currently, you can probably find it in the new arrivals section.

Since Diane Reverand was the book’s co-author, Diane undoubtedly wrote most of the etiquette book section to which Luann’s autobiography was cut and pasted. Each of the ten chapters of the book starts out with an autobiographical section which contains enjoyable anecdotes.

Class with the Countess was dedicated to her Count, her children, and some other people. The book is definitely targeted at females, only. It was probably written just to cash in on the popularity of the Real Housewives of New York City reality television show. It is more of a Countess fan club book on how to snare a wealthy man than a treatise on etiquette. I wouldn’t doubt at all that the core etiquette section was added just to fill up pages. Most of the real substance of the book is LuAnn de Lesseps’ autobiography. But, Luann did claim that she was motivated to write the book due to popular demand.

Real Housewives of New York City

LuAnn de Lesseps’s book starts out with a rather interesting write up on the origins of the word: etiquette which originated with the French monarchy. Next, the Countess explains how she got involved with the the Real Housewives of New York City which originally was going to be called Manhattan Moms. Apparently, it was a lot easier for the Countess to be gracious to her fellow cast members of the Real Housewives of New York City in print, than it was on reality television.

If you are a female fan of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and want to find out more about her then this book is probably for you. LuAnn attempted to instruct females on the art of seducing men with class, pun intended. But If you are more interested in a modern etiquette tome, than my recommendation is to pass this one up. Due to the poor sales response to her book, if you can wait, you should be able able to pick up a heavily discounted copy in just a couple of months.



  1. Sophie said,

    It’ll be in the dollar stores before you know it. And I wouldn’t pay that much for it.

  2. This book review was done by request. It is my fourth post on the same topic, each of which was written from a different perspective. It offers my most favorable coverage of Luann. 😦

  3. Sophie said,

    Thanks for the review…I saw the other posts…Blaze seems like a super-fun person. Yikes.

    You know, considering that I think you and I feel similarly about the Countess, if you’d given the book a two-thumbs up review then I might have been persuaded to give it a once over.

    But I think you pretty much pegged it. I see all I need to see of the Countess on the show. Which I shall indulge myself with in a few minutes! Here’s hoping she’s a little kinder this episode.

  4. frosty said,


    I think you mean tome not tomb. You bury someone in a tomb.

    The definition of tome is: 1: a volume forming part of a larger work
    2: book ; especially : a large or scholarly book.

    Good Luck with your writing!

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