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Publisher's Summary

Pretty Mess meets #Girlboss in this part memoir, part entrepreneurial manifesto from The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s “Powerhouse in Pigtails".

Margaret Josephs is a hustler. She’s a tough cookie. She speaks her mind. She never leaves the house without lipstick on. She’s also a devoted wife, mother, daughter, businesswoman, lifestyle expert, and fan-favorite star of the reality TV series The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Sounds pretty glamorous, right? Well, things are never exactly as they seem.

Before she arrived where she is today, “The Marge” was born to young immigrant parents. Raised by a single party-girl mother who left her physically abusive father when she was one and a half, she was taught that it was more important to look good than to feel good. No structure. No rules. No blueprint for future success or stability. But, like most people who struggle through atypical childhoods, destructive relationships, and career challenges, she forced herself to wake up every morning and put one high heel in front of the other, even if she didn’t know where she was going.

Margaret took the cards she was dealt and eventually turned them into a winning hand, and she wants to arm fans with the ability to do the same. In Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget, she’ll talk about how to launch a lifestyle brand, how to work with family members, and how to be an uncompromising woman in a man’s world. She also spills stories from her personal life about the son Real Housewives viewers don’t know exists, the time Joan Rivers gave her the best advice she ever got, the rendezvous she had with a famous rock star, and the affair with her contractor that ended her marriage but gave her the happily ever after.

Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget takes fans along Margaret’s wild, bumpy journey to entrepreneurial success and reality TV fame, written in her trademark no-nonsense, tongue-in-cheek voice with the perfect combination of grit and glitz.

©2021 Margaret Josephs. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Love “the Marge!”

If you are a fan of Margarette Josephs on real housewives of New Jersey then you will love this book! That’s it! That’s all you need to know. She is so interesting and has so much going on that you always want to know more and she tells you all of it like you are her best gal pal! I listened to this audio books while repainting my entire home and it made it feel like it went by in a flash! It was so much fun. I’d laugh out loud, literally! Way to go Marge!

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AMAZING

This was the best book I have listened to in a while. I love Margaret on the RHONJ but I think even if you do not watch the show, this is a must read/listen to!

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Amazing!!!

I absolutely love this book. Margaret Josephs is always authentic and this book does not disappoint. The fact that she reads it to you is a bonus!

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LOVE

Absolutely loved everything about this book. Her narrating added so much to the time. She’s NOW my favorite housewife.

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Love love love

I love her even more, she is not fake. She is a class act. Highly recommended!

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It's a Must Read!

I loved Marge before and I love her even more now. She has had quite the life! I highly recommend.

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Great Book

Great book!
I love Marg, and I love watching her on The real housewives of New Jersey

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So good!

A really enjoyable listen, uplifting and puts you in a good mood. You don’t need to be a fan of RHONJ to love this book.

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Addicted!

I couldn’t stop listening! Marge keeps it real and I’m an even bigger fan now after hearing her transparent story! Love it! Love her!

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You were great!

Loved it!! Really enjoyed your outlook on life! Loved hearing the back story of your life.

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  • Caroline Leatherbarrow
  • 07-05-21

My favourite housewife

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Such a down to earth woman with a tale or two to tell!!

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • jan Murray
  • 04-16-21

AN INTRIGUING LIFE STORY FROM A BEAUTIFUL SOUL

A warm honest and intriguing insight into the life of a little lost blonde girl, with pigtails, and big dreams, to a successful beautiful blonde haired lady, still with pigtails, who really has been on journey worth writing about.
I was touched Marg by the honesty, the pain, the heartache , the loss, the struggle, that you turned into the loved, the beloved, the successful, the strong, the happy and amazing life you have made.
I find the most adorable part of the book, is the fact you have made, and have surrounded yourself with a massive family self made family, that works for you. You and Joe have found a way to fill your home full of love, joy and laughter. The vision of you holding Lexi's leg, whilst Joe filmed the birth of her baby, showed me the real Mrs Margaret Josephs. I would be honoured to be called your friend, and you deserve all the luck in the world for your future endeavours Marg, you really are one beautiful soul. x

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  • Amanda
  • 03-10-22

An Entertaining Read but...

somehow I find I like her less. I guess I feel like it can be very bragging at times. I'm not sure if she could manage to tell us how EXTREMELY mature she always was one more time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

I loved her but now I LOVE her!

I’m a big fan of the real housewives of New Jersey having seen every single episode so was super excited when I heard that Margaret was coming out with her own book.
It felt like she was telling me a story the whole time I loved her sentiments about her upbringing her professional career and her time on the show all of which I took away with a greater understanding of who she is as a person. A fantastic read if you love the show and love Margaret and want to have a laugh along the way, she’s a tough cookie.