Real Housewife Is A Bestselling Author

Taylor Armstrong's autobiography, which chronicles the Beverly Hills socialite's troubled childhood and allegedly abusive marriage, is one of the most popular books in America. Hiding from Reality entered the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers Lists this week.

Taylor Armstrong's Hiding from Reality: My Story of Love, Loss and Finding the Courage Within is flying off booksellers' shelves.

The tome, which details the Real Housewife's real-life tale of childhood abandonment and alleged domestic violence at the hands of her late husband, has entered the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers Lists just two weeks after its release.

The star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has spent the past month promoting the release of the memoir, which recounts her troubled life of rumored spousal abuse at the hands of Russell Armstrong. The financial whiz was in the middle of a messy divorce from Taylor when he committed suicide last August.

"Hiding from Reality is doing its job: To take domestic abuse out of the shadows and shine the light of awareness on this national tragedy," Taylor said Thursday. "I wrote the book to show victims a way forward and the courage to take the first steps out of their own nightmares."

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Taylor claims that Russell once assaulted her for preparing frozen pizza for her stepchildren and asked her to lie to doctors about the violence going on their home.

"He had said that I suggest to the doctor that [my daughter] Kennedy kicked me in the eye, and then as I went to the doctor and said that, the doctor said to me, 'What kind of shoes was she wearing? Because maybe you should consider getting your kid some new shoes,'" the reality mom told Access Hollywood earlier this month.

There's been criticism and controversy over the publication of the tell-all; with Taylor's cast mates and Russell's family leading the charge of opposition. The Armstrongs strongly deny that the cash-strapped banker ever battered his wife.

Armstrong, on the other hand, insists she was abused for years. She maintains that she wrote Hiding from Reality in hopes of empowering other victims of domestic violence.

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"I want young women especially, very early on in a relationship to recognize those little red flags and for their parents or friends to understand how you can get caught in that cycle so they can have a better support system for them to get out."

Taylor is expected to begin a national speaking campaign on domestic abuse later this year.

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Comments on "Taylor Armstrong memoir makes bestsellers lists"

LISA CLARK February 19, 2012 | 3:26 PM

I AGREE I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THE MEDIA ISNT ASKING FOR PROOF OF THESE ALLEGATIONS WHEN GUILYT OR NOT THIS MANS CHILDREN AND FAMILY HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS AND THIS WOMEN HAS LIED IN THE PAST !

Adam February 18, 2012 | 10:32 PM

Hate to tell you that she is...check out nonfiction best sellers. She's at number 20.

Truth February 17, 2012 | 8:44 PM

You don't even bother to check your facts? She is not on the best seller list! Taylor reported that she is but with a quick check of the NY times book list you will not find her book on it anywhere, even in the fiction section.

megan reed February 17, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Another lie to add to the growing list. You are aware of the pictures taken of her poolside after a night of being allegedly punched? Not a mark on her. This woman has deceived all of Beverly Hills, who are too afraid of not being politically correct to question her lies. Does anyone really believe Russell turned into the Incredible Hulk overpowered 3 people and a dog, tossing them into a pool, knocking out the guy's teeth and no one-including the police-pressed charges? To quote the dramatic psychotic Miss Armstrong- ENOUGH!

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