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    >>> only a handful of celebrities are known by one name and one name only, cher, madonna, beyonce. and you can add one more to that list, the pint sized reality star, snooki. she's out with a new book, it's called "a sure thing." i'm going to start with a question that so many people have asked me when they found out i'm going to interview you. they want to know, did you really write this book?

    >> i did. if you read it, you'll know in the first page that i wrote it.

    >> you had a writer help you.

    >> i had a co-writer help me?

    >> but the brunt of this you actually wrote?

    >> yes.

    >> this is a novel, this isn't about your life, this isn't about let me tell you what's happened to me over the last five years. you chose to write a novel, why?

    >> i wanted to do a story about the jersey shore . and people probably expected my first book to be like a biography or guidelines to be a guida or something like that. and i wanted to surprise everything with a novel.

    >> this is a story about two best friends and cousins. gia and bella.

    >> aka snooki.

    >> i love food, i love drinking, boys, dancing until my feet well. i love my family, my friends, my boss, and i love my body, especially the badonk. what is a badonk.

    >> it's my butt.

    >> you know what a badonk. there is some other snooki vocabulary words in the book. what's a benny?

    >> a benny is like a new yorker going to the shore.

    >> i was told earlier they should not mention on morning tv by you. and finally, this one actually sounds like it could be dangerous. what is a wenus?

    >> it's not what you think it is. it's that part of your elbow that's crinkly.

    >> when you bend the elbow, it doesn't get all wrinkly. it only gets wrinkly when you straighten it out do i need to ask what happens to gia and bella?

    >> it's pretty much like the show, but you're reading it.

    >> it's 289 pages of jersey shore ?

    >> exactly.

    >> how long did it take you to write this?

    >> it took me like three months just because we had the idea going before i went to the season that's airing now. and then i had to write i while i was doing the season. so it was pretty hard. but i got it done.

    >> you had a co-writer her name's valley frankle. snooki gets slammed in public snooki drinks for our sins. why do you think people judge you so harshly. is it fair?

    >> no, i don't think it's fair. but that's all they see on the show is us partying and having a good time. i'm not like that all the time. that's summertime, that's the time we let loose , like vacation time.

    >> but you acknowledge that you contributed to tim imagine.

    >> i'm not like that all the time. like right now, no.

    >> the debut of season three of this show was recently on mtv and it got the highest ratings for any show as part of any series on mtv.

    >> uh-huh.

    >> that's astonishing when you really think about it. what can people expect from this season? i mean i remember, i thought it was hard to watch, when you got punched.

    >> yeah, that sucked.

    >> by a guy.

    >> yeah.

    >> so is there more violence in season three?

    >> i would say this is the least amount of fighting we have ever done. like obviously not --

    >> physical fighting or verbal fighting?

    >> physical. we try and stay away from that, but it's really hard.

    >> i know that you actually later in the season get arrested for disorderly conduct. what do you have to say about that first of all?

    >> well, obviously it's a lesson learned. you know, i don't regret it because it's a lesson learned pretty much. like i just need to watch my drinking when it comes to partying during the day in the summer. i'm definitely not going to do that anymore.

    >> do you have a drinking issue?

    >> no. i'm 23 years old.

    >> a lot of 23-year-olds have drinking issues.

    >> not for me.

    >> it's not a problem for you, you can stop it when you want to stop it?

    >> i only party like that during the summer. i'm not like that all year round.

    >> would you trade your dignity for a paycheck?

    >> i don't think she knows what she's talking about. obviously she doesn't know me. i only care about people that know me like my family and friends they know the real me. people can judge me, they can have their opinions about me good or bad, but not everyone's going to like me. so --

    >> so you're not worried about this idea that you go out and you get drunk during the summer and party like that because it's good for the show, and not perhaps good for you as a young adult ?

    >> i don't even look at it like that. i just look at it as me living my life and having a good time and i don't feel like i'm doing anything wrong.

    >> you saw the jersey shore would give you 15 minutes of fame . you obviously know it's given you more than 15 minutes .

    >> 15 minutes was lake a year ago.

    >> what do you want to make of this? what do you want to do with this? when you come back here in five years, nicole, what do you think we'll be talking about?

    >> hopefully my brand. i have my snooki slipper line, my jewelry line, my book, "a sure thing" and my clothing line. so hopefully i can still be known as a brand.

    >> you're taking it to the next step?

    >> yes.

    >> good to have you here, the book is called "a sure thing" and you can catch " jersey shore " thursdays on

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updated 1/11/2011 11:45:38 AM ET 2011-01-11T16:45:38

Last July, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi told The New York Times that she’d only read two books in her life.

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Now she’s written one.

The pint-size pop culture princess-turned-author went toe-to-toe with Matt Lauer on TODAY Tuesday, giving the sometimes bemused anchor lessons in Jersey Shore slang, denying she has a drinking problem, and firing back at critics who say her brain is as diminutive as her 4-foot-9 body.

“A Shore Thing” follows the boozy adventures of one Gia Spumanti (a thinly disguised version of the author, she acknowledged) on the famed resort coast of New Jersey. Lauer synopsized the book as the protagonist and her pals go “down to the Jersey Shore, get drunk and live happily ever after.”

“It’s pretty much like the show, but you’re reading it,” Snooki said.

“People probably expected my first book to be like a biography or guidelines to be a guidette (i.e., a young female Jersey Shore denizen) or something like that,” she added. “I wanted to surprise everybody with a novel.”

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Lesson learned?
What may not be as surprising is the continuing success of the reality series: Thursday’s third-season debut of the show that made household names out of Snooki and castmates Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Jenni “J-Woww” Farley was the highest-rated episode of any series in MTV’s history. But the other side of popularity is notoriety: One sunny day last July, police found Snooki stumbling down a Jersey Shore beach in an inebriated state and arrested her for disorderly conduct — an embarrassing moment caught on film that will air later this season on the reality series.

Snooki told Lauer she didn’t regret the incident, calling it “a lesson learned.

“I really need to watch my drinking when it comes to partying during the day in the summer,” she added. “I’m definitely not going to do that anymore.”

“Do you have a drinking issue?” Lauer pressed.

“No. I’m 23 years old!” Snooki exclaimed.

“Well, a lot of 23-year-olds have drinking issues,” Lauer pointed out.

“Well, not me,” Snooki rejoined. “I’m good. I only party during the summer like that; it’s not like this all year round.”

Still, in sentencing Snooki last September, Judge Damian Murray accused her of being a “Lindsay Lohan wannabe” and asked her if she were trading her “dignity for a paycheck.”

Video: Judge calls Snooki a ‘Lohan wannabe’ (on this page)

Snooki still bristles at the remark. “I think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” she told Lauer. “People can judge me, they can have their opinions about me good or bad, but not everyone is going to like me.”

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Vocabulary lesson
Or necessarily understand her. Thumbing through “A Shore Thing,” Lauer admitted he was foggy on some of the colorful expressions that pepper the novel. “What’s a badonk?” he asked.

Read an excerpt from Snooki’s ‘A Shore Thing’

“It’s your butt,” Snooki explained.

The TODAY anchor hesitated before even asking Snooki to define “weenis.” “It’s not what you think it is,” Snooki said. “It’s the part of your elbow which is, like, wrinkly.”

“It has a name?” Lauer said in surprise.

Video: Snooki dishes on ‘badonks,’ ‘weenises’ (on this page)

But despite their language barrier, when Snooki returned in TODAY’s fourth hour, co-anchor Hoda Kotb said she sensed “a little connect” between Snooki and Lauer during their interview.

“Oh yeah, he’s actually really good-looking,” Snooki agreed. “He’s hot in person.”

The reality star likes her own looks, too, as she mentioned when the topic of her arrest last summer — which was followed by four hours in jail — came up again. “Jail kinda sucked a little bit,” she confided. “I’m thinking, ‘I’m tiny, I shouldn’t be there. I’m too pretty for that.’ ”

But she cautioned that her antics and those of her castmates may not be appropriate for younger viewers. “We’re not trying to be role models,” she said. “I get mad when people under 18 watch our show.”

She also admitted that her father isn’t the reality series’ biggest fan: “He doesn’t like to see his little baby girl hook up with guys on TV.” As for her mother, “she has some talks with me,” Snooki said.

“Can I give you a little motherly advice?” fourth hour co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford asked her. “Value yourself a little bit more; don’t give yourself away to just any jerk, OK?”

Snooki nodded. “Oh, gotcha,” she replied.

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  2. Mom to be

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on June 20, 2012 in New York. The reality TV star is pregnant with her first child. (D Dipasupil / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Muscle beach

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  4. Devils made them do it

    Cardboard cut-outs of the cast members of "Jersey Shore" are displayed behind the bench of the New Jersey Devils during a 2012 Stanley Cup Final game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 4. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Now that's Italian

    The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," from left, Sammi "Sweetheart" Gianicola, Deena Nicole Cortese, Ronnie Ortiz Magro, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenny "JWoww" Farley and Vinny Guadagnino at Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence, Italy, on May 19, 2011. The cast is on location in Florence filming the fourth season. (Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Taking it to the streets

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, left, and Nicole "Deena" Cortese walk along Via dei Calzaiuoli in Florence, Italy, on Monday May 23, 2011. (Francesco Bellini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Down the 'Shore'

    The season two cast of "Jersey Shore." The MTV reality show was a surprise hit in 2009, sent its cast to Florida for a second season, then back to Jersey for a third. (MTV) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Wowing them

    Jenni "JWoww" Farley of "Jersey Shore" and boyfriend Roger Matthews visit The Foundation Room in Showboat Atlantic City on Saturday March 26, 2011 in Atlantic City N.J. (Tom Briglia / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. I've got your back

    Sammi Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro struck up a relationship in the third episode of the show's first season. (MTV) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Snooki as author

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, perhaps the most famous member of the cast, released a novel, "A Shore Thing," in 2011. Despite being heavily promoted with numerous appearances by Polizzi on national television, it reportedly did not sell well. But Snooki had the last laugh on literature: She reportedly earned $32,000 to speak at Rutgers University, $2,000 more than the school paid Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. (Bobby Bank / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Happy Valentine's Day...

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is arraigned before Superior Court Judge Stephanie Wauters on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Toms River, N.J. Ortiz-Magro pled not guilty to an aggravated assault charge. (Tim Mccarthy / The Asbury Park Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Treat your feet

    Polizzi promotes her Snooki Slippers line at the MAGIC clothing industry convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 in Las Vegas. She says the leopard-print ones are her favorites. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Jersey style

    Cast member Vinny Guadagnino and fashion designer Richie Rich attend Guadagnino's IHAV clothing line launch party at Greenhouse on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 in New York. (Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Which one's Goofy?

    Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio poses with Goofy in the Magic Kingdom on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Delvecchio was at the theme park to announce his involvement as a DJ for "Disney Grad Nite 2011," a private, after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom in April and May 2011 for high school seniors from across the country. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Life's a beach

    The second-season cast soaked up the sun down in Miami, Florida. (MTV via AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Not-so-fancy footwork

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino participated in season 11 of "Dancing With the Stars." He was paired with pro partner Karina Smirnoff, but was eliminated after four weeks of competition. (Adam Larkey / ABC via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Rising stock

    Mike "The Situation Sorrentino," Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Pauly Delvecchio, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Vinny Guadagnino and Jenni "JWoww" Farley participated in the opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange on July 27, 2010 (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Out for a 'Late Show'

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and her signature "poof" hairstyle appeared as a guest on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Sept. 21, 2010, where she later shared a fist pump with the host. (John Paul Filo / CBS via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A stand-up routine

    The cast appeared at the Television Critics Association on Aug. 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, Calif. to promote the second season of their MTV hit. The gang remained on their feet throughout the entire presentation because, as MTV President of Programming Tony DiSanto explained, the girls were wearing short skirts and he feared wardrobe malfunctions. (Mark Davis / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Admirable body of work

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is perhaps most famous for his abs, which he likes to show off every chance he gets. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Hot-tub hijinks

    The MTV Video Music Awards poked fun at the hit show on Sept. 12, 2010 when it had host Chelsea Handler joining the "Shore" gang in one of their favorite spots for hookups -- a hot tub -- and emerging very pregnant. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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    "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi landed herself in big trouble in late July 2010 while partying in Seaside Heights, N.J. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and creating a public nuisance, and was later sentenced to complete two days of community service. (Mel Evans / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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  24. MTV's darlings

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