Louann de Lesseps portrays herself as a straight forward, down-to-earth, classy woman on The Real Housewives of New York City, but her book, “Class With the Countess” shows that she is anything but down-to-earth.
Real Housewives of New York City Star Louann de Lesseps Book Alienates Reader
While the etiquette book written by de Lesseps certainly does have useful advice and information, it also has advice to which the average woman will never be able to relate.
For example, de Lesseps spends an entire section describing what a woman should do when she meets a king, queen or other royalty. Now it may just be me, but when I wake up in the morning in the Midwest of the United States, the last thing on my mind is how to greet the Queen of England.
In fact, as I write this I am trying to think of a situation in which I could ever conceivably meet a king or a queen, and I just can’t. When and where would I, or most other middle class women, ever meet a king, queen or other royalty? While it’s possible, it’s just isn’t likely enough for me to commit the proper greeting to memory. This section is just one of many that demonstrates that de Lesseps is completely out-of-touch with the average working-class woman.
Louann de Lesseps Divorce Ruins Credibility with Reader
Readers who are familiar with de Lesseps’ background and current life situation may find the book doesn’t ring true for them, too. Throughout the book, de Lesseps gushes about how she has been able to make her marriage work because of her ability to learn and adapt to any situation while keeping her high-powered husband interested. But as many fans now know, shortly after the book was published de Lesseps and her husband, Count Alex de Lesseps of France split and got divorced.
The split diminishes de Lesseps’ credibility. It makes the reader wonder how much of what de Lesseps writes is accurate and useful and how much of the advice de Lesseps has produced as propaganda for her so-called happy marriage.
Louann’s Etiquette Book
But while most of the book is based in a reality with which many women never will become familiar, de Lesseps does share some great advice, as well. She writes about which forks to use at the dinner table, how to seat guests for a formal dinner party and how to write and address an invitation. She shares etiquette for overnight guests and even includes a packing list. She has tips for travel and tips for dining in public.
Throughout all of her advice, de Lesseps shares experiences from her own life, which at times also alienates the reader. In the end, de Lesseps’s book doesn’t share anything that can’t be found in any other etiquette book, but it does provide an interesting glimpse into her life as a countess, a model, a nurse and a Real Housewife of New York City.
“Class with the Countess” was published by by Gotham in 2009. ISBN: 978-1592404681