The Bravo star says she hopes the book will inspire readers to never stop working toward their goals

By Jodi Guglielmi
January 12, 2021 11:00 AM
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Margaret Josephs is here to help you achieve your dreams.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has written a book about her wild, bumpy journey to entrepreneurial success and reality TV fame, titled Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget, PEOPLE can exclusively announce.

In the memoir, which bears the same name as her podcast, Josephs takes readers through her personal story while offering advice on how to start a lifestyle brand, work with family and stand out in a man's world.

"I wanted to share my story to inspire and empower the reader. As I've often said, I wasn't from the lucky sperm club — I was basically raised by wolves, but that didn't stop me from dreaming big and chasing those dreams fearlessly," Josephs tells PEOPLE. "I believe that where you start in life doesn't dictate your final destination and that how you navigate your journey is up to you."

Josephs, 53, says she hopes the book will inspire readers to never stop working toward their goals, no matter the roadblocks.

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"In writing this book I share stories from my life that even my mother or my husband haven't heard," she reveals. "I share them in the hope of helping others see that your past does not define you. You are in control and every day is a chance at a new beginning, no matter your age or where you are in life. Relationships change, situations change and that's okay. It's about keeping your momentum and knowing that the comeback will be much bigger than the setback."

Along with entrepreneurial advice, Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget will also feature secrets from her personal life, including details about the affair with her contractor that ended her first marriage but ultimately gave her her happily ever after.

News of her book comes just days after Josephs revealed that her "entire family" contracted COVID-19 over the holiday season.

Margaret Josephs and Joe Benigno
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"We've been MIA and we've had COVID — the entire family," the reality star said on Instagram last week.

"We didn't want to talk about it during Christmas because who wants to talk about COVID during Christmas," she added, before sharing that they have all since tested negative and are "better now."

She further opened up about their experience with the virus during the latest episode of her podcast, disclosing that her mom Marge Sr. got infected as well as her husband, Joe Benigno, who ended up needing to be hospitalized.

"Joe and I got it the worst out of our entire crew," Josephs said, noting that they battled the illness for about 17 days after testing positive the week before Christmas.