Taylor Armstrong memoir makes bestsellers lists

Feb 17, 2012 at 11:38 a.m. ET

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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