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Throughout her life, Dorinda Medley has always strived to “make it nice” regardless of the circumstances. In her incredibly candid memoir, the Real Housewife of New York City opens the doors of Blue Stone Manor, her Berkshires sanctuary, welcoming fans into her beloved home. In her first-ever written life story, Dorinda clips away all pretense and noise to unveil the not-s Throughout her life, Dorinda Medley has always strived to “make it nice” regardless of the circumstances. In her incredibly candid memoir, the Real Housewife of New York City opens the doors of Blue Stone Manor, her Berkshires sanctuary, welcoming fans into her beloved home. In her first-ever written life story, Dorinda clips away all pretense and noise to unveil the not-so-glamorous bumps in the road that have marked her colorful journey toward becoming the person viewers, colleagues, and friends know and love today. This is a vulnerable and emotional account of love, motherhood, loss, and the not-entirely-planned adventure from her modest beginnings in the Berkshires to her personal, social, and professional ascent—told in her trademark manner. Chronicling the life of the reality television star, Make It Nice also features life lessons for those who may experience similar challenges, as well as the celebrated hostess’s invaluable entertaining tips, all presented with the humor and wit that have “oh-so-well made” Dorinda Medley a most compelling compilation.


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Throughout her life, Dorinda Medley has always strived to “make it nice” regardless of the circumstances. In her incredibly candid memoir, the Real Housewife of New York City opens the doors of Blue Stone Manor, her Berkshires sanctuary, welcoming fans into her beloved home. In her first-ever written life story, Dorinda clips away all pretense and noise to unveil the not-s Throughout her life, Dorinda Medley has always strived to “make it nice” regardless of the circumstances. In her incredibly candid memoir, the Real Housewife of New York City opens the doors of Blue Stone Manor, her Berkshires sanctuary, welcoming fans into her beloved home. In her first-ever written life story, Dorinda clips away all pretense and noise to unveil the not-so-glamorous bumps in the road that have marked her colorful journey toward becoming the person viewers, colleagues, and friends know and love today. This is a vulnerable and emotional account of love, motherhood, loss, and the not-entirely-planned adventure from her modest beginnings in the Berkshires to her personal, social, and professional ascent—told in her trademark manner. Chronicling the life of the reality television star, Make It Nice also features life lessons for those who may experience similar challenges, as well as the celebrated hostess’s invaluable entertaining tips, all presented with the humor and wit that have “oh-so-well made” Dorinda Medley a most compelling compilation.

30 review for Make It Nice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tan Markovic

    Absolutely adore this woman!

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Amory

    Like most Bravo memoirs, this was relatively slight. At about 200 pages, it barely even exists! I was disappointed that this wasn't more of a "tell-all." From the first chapter when Dorinda freely admits, contrary to every other Housewife, that she did not decide to leave RHONY but was rather told to "take a pause," I thought I was in for a wild ride of secret-spilling. Unfortunately, it's just the standard "here's how I grew up, here's my first marriage, here's my kid, here's my second marriage, Like most Bravo memoirs, this was relatively slight. At about 200 pages, it barely even exists! I was disappointed that this wasn't more of a "tell-all." From the first chapter when Dorinda freely admits, contrary to every other Housewife, that she did not decide to leave RHONY but was rather told to "take a pause," I thought I was in for a wild ride of secret-spilling. Unfortunately, it's just the standard "here's how I grew up, here's my first marriage, here's my kid, here's my second marriage, oh wow I'm on TV now, the end" formula that most celebrity memoirs follow. It lacks detail and specificity and depth (again, it's 200 pages) and, most disappointingly, gossip.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marika

    Dorinda Medley. If you’re a fan of Bravo’s Reality TV series you know who Dorinda is. The blonde, outspoken cast mate on The Real Housewives of New York. In this memoir, Dorinda writes about her time on the show, what viewers don’t see/hear and the impact that it had on her life. Of course, she writes about Richard, the love of her life and she allows readers a view into what made their marriage work. “Make It Nice” is a touching memoir that fans of reality TV will love, and indeed Dorinda has m Dorinda Medley. If you’re a fan of Bravo’s Reality TV series you know who Dorinda is. The blonde, outspoken cast mate on The Real Housewives of New York. In this memoir, Dorinda writes about her time on the show, what viewers don’t see/hear and the impact that it had on her life. Of course, she writes about Richard, the love of her life and she allows readers a view into what made their marriage work. “Make It Nice” is a touching memoir that fans of reality TV will love, and indeed Dorinda has made it nice. * I read an advance copy and was not compensated.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Loflin

    Had very much a “Dead Dove Do Not Eat” moment reading a Housewives memoir and then being like, oh wow, this person is really unpalatably obsessed with material wealth. Dorinda is still somehow really charming but this is just fine. It’s what you think it is! Favorite part: “I don’t like a loosey-goosey situation, and THAT, by the way, is why Brooklyn doesn’t work for me.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Deibel

    Oi! This one was rough. I'm a huge housewives fan, and even a Dorinda fan, but this book was so surface level and honestly painful to suffer through. Dorinda sings her own praises through most of it. What she sees as confidence, I heard as arrogance. The only chapter that felt real was the one dealing with the death of her husband, which was devastatingly emotional. I'd recommend skipping this one even if you are a Dorinda fan cause you just might not be when you're done. Oi! This one was rough. I'm a huge housewives fan, and even a Dorinda fan, but this book was so surface level and honestly painful to suffer through. Dorinda sings her own praises through most of it. What she sees as confidence, I heard as arrogance. The only chapter that felt real was the one dealing with the death of her husband, which was devastatingly emotional. I'd recommend skipping this one even if you are a Dorinda fan cause you just might not be when you're done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Gonzales

    What are you doing here without Dorinda?! Dorinda is favorite NY housewife so I wanted to support her by listening to her audiobook. This book gets into the heart of Dorinda, how she was raised and shaped into the Dorinda we know today. Just so you know this is not all about housewives so don’t go into this book thinking you will hear everything housewives.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    It’s starts with a frida kahlo quote and I thought “here we go, another story that doesn’t need to be told” but by the end I started to wonder if, white privilege and trust in capitalism aside, maybe Dorinda was the kind of woman to aspire to. She takes naps every day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    Here is something I rarely do - read a book on the day it releases!!! This memoir was perfect listening this afternoon. I enjoyed it so much!!! Narrated by Dorinda herself and truly had that authentic voice for a very down to earth lady! Dorinda Medley was on the TV show The real housewives of New York. I liked her character as she was fun and outspoken, but also had manners and knew how to get by in life by working hard!! There were things she revealed about herself in the show - stories about h Here is something I rarely do - read a book on the day it releases!!! This memoir was perfect listening this afternoon. I enjoyed it so much!!! Narrated by Dorinda herself and truly had that authentic voice for a very down to earth lady! Dorinda Medley was on the TV show The real housewives of New York. I liked her character as she was fun and outspoken, but also had manners and knew how to get by in life by working hard!! There were things she revealed about herself in the show - stories about her husband who passed away, her Mother, her Daughter. But in this book she gives a little more background into her whole life - how she grew up, her schooling, jobs, marriages, blue stone manor, her one liners, etc. This really doesn't focus on housewives at all, except for a few special moments and her sadness at being put on pause. Highly recommend for all Dorinda fans. Not dishy at all so don't expect that vibe at all! 4+++ stars I only wish it had been longer!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Cuffel

    For better and (often) for worse, I feel spiritually tied to Dorinda. Top 5 housewife for sure! The book is often beautiful, completely out of touch, and truly the work of a delusional woman.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Pena

    Goodreads giveaway. 3.5 stars. Had I ever watched the Real Housewives of NY it would probably be a 4. Good anecdotes and storytelling. The author is extremely relatable and her story is worth reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Gionette

    Narrated by the author. Glad I gave it a listen. It's a really good biography!! Narrated by the author. Glad I gave it a listen. It's a really good biography!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alison Steffen

    Love Dorinda and her life story. This book makes me appreciate her even more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Moore

    3.5 new appreciation for Dorinda

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bailee

    Queen Dorinda. I hope Luann still feels guilty for insulting the lovely birthday cake Dorinda’s mother made her at Blue Stone Manor.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Howard Rudnick

    Out of all of the books written by stars from Bravo, this is the one that I was most excited to read. From the very first time Dorinda stepped onto the scene in season 7 of The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY), I knew there was something special about her. Dorinda wisely capitalized on the platform she had from RHONY and while she may be on "pause", that pause served her well. Make It Nice helped fill in all the details we as viewers were not privy to about her personal life, especially who D Out of all of the books written by stars from Bravo, this is the one that I was most excited to read. From the very first time Dorinda stepped onto the scene in season 7 of The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY), I knew there was something special about her. Dorinda wisely capitalized on the platform she had from RHONY and while she may be on "pause", that pause served her well. Make It Nice helped fill in all the details we as viewers were not privy to about her personal life, especially who Dorinda was before she became a household name. The chronological order that Dorinda chose for her book made sense in that it established her intentions and purpose as she moved from chapter to chapter, both literally and metaphorically within her own life. Her honesty and vulnerability, especially as she shares the completely tragic demise of the love of her life, her husband Richard who passed away too soon. As I was reading the book, it was if I was having a conversation with Dorinda about her life and she wanted me as the reader to have an inside track to her thought processes and her motivations, her insecurities and flaws, and her humility. All it took was two sittings to finish Dorinda's book and I hung on to every word. It was very well done and I commend her bravery and making her life an open book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    My queen’s book came out on Tuesday, so you know I finished it by Friday! If it I wasn’t mired in back-to-back ship weeks, I would’ve finished in one or two days – this memoir is slight and it goes by quickly because it feels like a friend chatting with you. This is definitely not three-martini Dorinda – not even one-martini D. She’s serious, reflective, and meditative here. I love all of her sides, so I was fine with that, but if you’re only here for party-time Dorinda, you’ll be disappointed. N My queen’s book came out on Tuesday, so you know I finished it by Friday! If it I wasn’t mired in back-to-back ship weeks, I would’ve finished in one or two days – this memoir is slight and it goes by quickly because it feels like a friend chatting with you. This is definitely not three-martini Dorinda – not even one-martini D. She’s serious, reflective, and meditative here. I love all of her sides, so I was fine with that, but if you’re only here for party-time Dorinda, you’ll be disappointed. No Housewives gossip, either – again, just her sober (but blissfully candid!) account of being on the show and her thoughts on being put on a “pause.” (WTF is wrong with Bravo?? I say CLIP, CLIP, CLIP to whoever made that decision! 🖕) I give this five stars because I love her, “but if I’m being honest” (something she says 85 times in this book) I wanted more. More details, more depth, more juiciness, more of her trademark humor and zaniness. She needs a podcast so she can be unedited and free. And she needs to write a decorating and entertaining manual focused on Blue Stone Manor. I want details! #lealsyreads #clipclipclip #icookedicleanedimadeitnice #notwellbitch #whatareyoudoingherewithoutdorinda 🍸🍸👑🍸🍸

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    ✨ Audiobook review ✨ There is no one like Dorinda Medley, period. This is a must listen on audio. I’m sure the book is just as wonderful to read; however, I believe you would be really missing out on Dorinda’s warmth and humor by not listening to her story in her own words. Listening to her book is like sitting around the fireplace drinking tea with your best friend. Her voice is so calming and genuine. No wonder RHONY fans (me and everyone I know) are missing her so much this season— she has suc ✨ Audiobook review ✨ There is no one like Dorinda Medley, period. This is a must listen on audio. I’m sure the book is just as wonderful to read; however, I believe you would be really missing out on Dorinda’s warmth and humor by not listening to her story in her own words. Listening to her book is like sitting around the fireplace drinking tea with your best friend. Her voice is so calming and genuine. No wonder RHONY fans (me and everyone I know) are missing her so much this season— she has such a wise and nurturing personality that is sorely lacking on the show currently. I feel that the book was perfectly divided into sections of Dorinda’s life. She explains (but doesn’t dwell on) her upbringing, college and career, first marriage and relocation with her first husband, raising her daughter Hannah, and of course, meeting and marrying her late second husband Richard Medley. Every story she tells makes you feel like you’re right there with her. It is never preachy or self-important. I adored it all! Dorinda we miss you, please grace our screens again!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reneta

    I do not follow the Housewives tv show so I was unsure if I would even understand this book. A nice surprise as Dorinda walks us through her life, not in a boring way, but highlights he stepping stones that makes her what she is/has become. I like how she summarizes situations and people, and her experiences. This book is more like a few chapters where she is talking to you, sharing her thoughts. Though 6 years of her like were involved in the tv franchise, she did not make those 6 years the maj I do not follow the Housewives tv show so I was unsure if I would even understand this book. A nice surprise as Dorinda walks us through her life, not in a boring way, but highlights he stepping stones that makes her what she is/has become. I like how she summarizes situations and people, and her experiences. This book is more like a few chapters where she is talking to you, sharing her thoughts. Though 6 years of her like were involved in the tv franchise, she did not make those 6 years the major part of the book- so if you are looking at a lot of insights into the show you will not find it here. I like that. I applaud the author for documenting her life path thus far. She will treasure it, her daughter will treasure it. It was an easy read, and kept me interested. I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway so thank you for that. I recommend this book as a casual read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Stewart

    I really enjoyed Dorinda's book, looking into her own past, rather than a tell-all about the Housewives. While many would expect her to write about everything that has happened on set, I was actually more interested in how she got to where she is. That's what I enjoyed about this book. I really liked hearing about her time overseas, her upbringing, and some of the things she struggled with as an adult. There's plenty of time for a tell-all, but a mini memoir was perfect for Dorinda, one of my fa I really enjoyed Dorinda's book, looking into her own past, rather than a tell-all about the Housewives. While many would expect her to write about everything that has happened on set, I was actually more interested in how she got to where she is. That's what I enjoyed about this book. I really liked hearing about her time overseas, her upbringing, and some of the things she struggled with as an adult. There's plenty of time for a tell-all, but a mini memoir was perfect for Dorinda, one of my favorite Housewives.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Roxi

    love dorinda, didn’t love the book. was bummed to see how big the font was especially considering how short the book was too. i’ve read quite a few books from the housewives and felt she didn’t go as deep as others. i would’ve loved to learn more about her, her relationship with her daughter, specific memories from filming or with other cast mates but it fell flat. say it forget it, write it regret it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    I went on a whim and bought this book. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t watch The Real Housewives of NYC like that, but I have seen bits and pieces of it online. What I loved most about this book was the details and the history. I really felt like I was at a café, having a coffee and eating a muffin, having a long conversation. There were some parts that made me scratch my head, but all in all, I enjoyed this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A very short read - as you can tell by the number of days it took to read it. I didn't know a lot about Dorinda's past, so, in that sense, I learned a bit more about her. However, I expected more details and even unaired stories about the RHONY but there were none. That being said, I've always like Dorinda and appreciated her telling us about not being invited back for last season. I hope they bring her back. A very short read - as you can tell by the number of days it took to read it. I didn't know a lot about Dorinda's past, so, in that sense, I learned a bit more about her. However, I expected more details and even unaired stories about the RHONY but there were none. That being said, I've always like Dorinda and appreciated her telling us about not being invited back for last season. I hope they bring her back.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Fast and easy read. Fans learn a lot of background information about Dorinda’s life. Love the addition of personal photos. She is a very interesting woman. My favorite parts are when she shares ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ insights. Would love to read a second book just with RHONYC stories. My copy was a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Bailey

    I have always loved The Real Housewives franchise but New York has always been my favorite!! The reason it’s my favorite is Dorinda Medley!! I’m happy she released this book to find out in a way, what made her into the the fun loving and brazenly honest woman she is today!! Yes it’s a small glimpse and a handful of stories but as I was reading I felt the Dorinda from the show on every page!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I happen to love this woman and her life philosophy ... and I miss her dearly from RHONY ... I actually stopped watching it as she was gone, Heather wants to be an Orthodox Jew and because Margaret makes me want to throw things at the screen. This is not Nobel prize-winning literature .... it is a fun book to read and enjoy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Raw story-telling that is self-aware and heartfelt. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I both laughed out loud and shed a tear. Listening to it read by the author via Audible surely enhanced the experience but still one of the best memoirs to come from a Bravoleb (who, more importantly, is a wise, honest, caring, genuine, intelligent and inspirational human being).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lizzielulu

    I'm a big fan of Dorinda and want her back on RHONY. I was hoping there'd be more dish in this book re: the Housewives -- Luanne, Tinsley, Bethenny, Carole, etc. but there wasn't much there in regard to that. I did really enjoy all the photographs and stories of her earlier life and marriages, and of course Blue Stone Manor. I'm a big fan of Dorinda and want her back on RHONY. I was hoping there'd be more dish in this book re: the Housewives -- Luanne, Tinsley, Bethenny, Carole, etc. but there wasn't much there in regard to that. I did really enjoy all the photographs and stories of her earlier life and marriages, and of course Blue Stone Manor.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    An interesting read, although couldn't relate to some of Dorinda's "troubles" as when you have limitless amounts of money, it certainly helps in the healing process. However, I'll give her credit for starting and working at her own businesses. She's no shrinking violet! An interesting read, although couldn't relate to some of Dorinda's "troubles" as when you have limitless amounts of money, it certainly helps in the healing process. However, I'll give her credit for starting and working at her own businesses. She's no shrinking violet!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I loved Dorinda before, and I love her even more now. I had no idea how soon after losing Richard she joined Real Housewives. This was such a fun read. I have a better understanding of who she is. I want to have lunch with her one day! ❤️❤️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed this book but was hoping Dorinda would be a little more forthcoming about why she was so hateful to Tinsley in particular. That being said, the book was well-written and kept my interest for the most part. If she comes back to RHONY I hope she tries to make it nice.

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