The Book Report: “Drinking & Tweeting,” by Brandi Glanville


Anne Yoskoski, Assistant Life Editor

Oh boy. Where do I even start with this book?

Brandi Glanville, the Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, famous divorcee, Lexapro advocate and general walking, talking stream-of-opinions has written a book.

Some of the issues Glanville brings up apply to most women including post-partum depression, life after a breakup, trouble with friends, and the desire to protect family. Other issues like your husband running off with a washed up country star and then using his money for vaginal rejuvenation, not so much.

While it is refreshing to see a celebrity memoir that admits the subject is nowhere near perfect and has had her fair share of issues (the subtitle is “and other Brandi Blunders”), the book is still not for the faint of heart.

An easy read, Glanville inserts hashtags directly into paragraphs as if she were tweeting her life story rather than writing it. The end of each chapter as a little mini “Brandi babble” that tells readers the moral. While this certainly isn’t intellectual in nature, it was certainly amusing.

Glanville’s blunt advice coupled with full disclosure about her life makes for an entertaining read, making the book the literature equivalent of the Real Housewives show on Bravo. What makes the book annoying (besides the hashtags) is her constant bashing of Leann Rimes and her ex-husband Eddie Cibrian. What adds to the problem for the reader is a certain amount of ignorance. At one point, Brandi claims she may have been an alcoholic at one point, but isn’t anymore. The definition of alcoholism is that it is never cured. The person is a recovering alcoholic for the rest of their life.

While Glanville certainly showed her ex-husband who the real winner is in the relationship, her, she is also opening herself to criticism, which shows her strength. Would I by any means recommend this book? If you love Bravo and have nothing else to do, then compare this to a short, trashy beach read. If you are looking for a plot line or don’t want to spend $25, read something else.