Classless countess LuAnn publishes Class with the Countess

Last Thursday, there was a major event in American letters and literature: the publication of the long-awaited Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair, written by Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. Make that former countess LuAnn.

Who wouldn’t want advice from the woman who, on a recent episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, talked to kids about self esteem by laughing at and mocking one girl whose career goal was to be a babysitter, and responding to another girl’s modeling dreams by saying that girl could lose weight?

As if that wasn’t enough, LuAnn later bragged about “mentoring girls” on her blog, insisting–without any hint of irony!–that “girls who are supported by positive role models and provided with information on the physical and emotional changes that occur during adolescence have less depression, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse problems.”

As a cast member on The Real Housewives, LuAnn–like all of the cast members during this amazing, drama-filled season–is pretty much someone who preaches what she doesn’t practice. (Amazingly, she’s not even the worst one this season.) Still, she’s now on tour so she can spread her classiness.

The book’s reviews on Amazon are nearly all negative, and tend to city her hypocrisy. One mentions that her co-writer, who was seen on the show, isn’t mentioned on the book’s cover.

LuAnn may be on the road to some self-awareness, though. she recently told People that she “was devastated” over her split with the count, and said, “When I wrote the book I felt very secure. And that’s totally changed.”

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