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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 listeners 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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Better than expected!

She’s abrasive but incredibly likeable. True to form she is who she is in the reading of the book as she is as on tv.

It was distracting in moments when you could tell she was reading and I found her to go quite fast at times. This was an easy listen (without kids in earshot) and made me laugh out loud several times.

I like the Marge.

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Worth every minute!

Probably the best Housewives book from all of the housewives! Loved hearing about her life and what made her who she is today!

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I absolutely couldn’t stop listening to my audiobook version!!!

Margaret I watch you every week on RHONJ and I LOVE you and your honesty! It’s soooo refreshing to have someone standing up for themselves and their friends!
I absolutely couldn’t stop listening to my audiobook version! It flowed so easily I was hooked after the first chapter! You are a strong woman and very deserving of the love you have finally found with Joe ❤️
Wishing you all the caviar you can handle! 😘

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what a life.

Loved it ! you feel like your back in time with Margaret and all stages of life.

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One bad ass woman!!!

Loved listening to this book. Margaret is so real, to the point and unfiltered. It's nice to read/listen to a book about someone's life and feel like they're not bullshitting you. This is her life through her eyes and you can hear it as she reads through each chapter. Such a great book and thank you for a great listen!!

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  • katie grither
  • 2021-04-22

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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  • Kim young
  • 2021-04-23

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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  • Vito Minervini
  • 2021-04-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-16

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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  • TRISH
  • 2021-04-15

Love love love

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

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  • Stl_jh
  • 2021-09-10

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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  • LunaAmazon
  • 2021-09-02

Love The Marge

If you’re a RHONY fan you’ll probably enjoy this fun memoir from Margaret Josephs. It was really fun and entertaining to hear more about her life from childhood on. There were some really personal stories in there that must have been difficult to share, but it doesn’t seem like anything was held back, which is refreshing. I was already a fan of the Marge, and even more so after learning more about her journey.

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  • Sam Shockley
  • 2021-08-30

I went on the journey and loved it.

It was fascinating and interesting. I really enjoyed this story about a simple woman who rose to great success.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-08-28

loved everything about this book

Ever since Marge joined NJ housewives, I've loved her. She's real and this book was written and narrated so perfectly, it felt like she was on my couch having a catch-up sesh.

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  • Laura Layman
  • 2021-08-20

Love some Marge

I really enjoyed her story and especially her narration. Margaret is truly authentic and real.