Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm Hardcover – 17 Mar 2011
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“Roseanne kills me—always has, and I think you will be as tickled as I was that she now has aimed her take-no-prisoners, ovaries-to-the-wall attitude to politics. Welcome back, Crazy.”
“Roseanne is funny, everybody knows that. But then there is everything else—the humanity, rabbinical wisdom, Mother Earth fearlessness, true beauty, and the ability to stay one step ahead of insanity at all times. She’s always had her finger on the pulse and can tell when the patient needs some emergency care. Nurse Barr has saved us once again.”
About the Author
Emmy Award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Roseanne Barr started her career in stand-up comedy before landing her own long-running hit TV series, Roseanne. She has returned to stand-up comedy over the last few years and blogs regularly at RoseanneWorld.com. She is a frequent guest on Real Time with Bill Maher and lives in Los Angeles and on her nut farm in Hawaii.See all Product Description
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The foreword by her first husband took me by surprise. It already wasn't what I anticipated. When I started Roseanne's first words I was stuck by a charm and a wit I'd denied her previously. Then her brash side appeared with hilarious results.
To my surprise she tackles deep topics, explaining her childhood, admitting her short comings and even addresses the "National Anthem" debacle in unequaled honesty. I became fascinated with how she became her public persona. Awed by a sixty year old who can seamlessly transition from internet code (such as LOL), to dropping a recipe for noodles, followed by gapping socio-political boundaries all while making me LOL!
Unexpectedly, I couldn't put this book down. In two days I'd devoured it like "good pancakes" or a "plastic sealed and boiled Salisbury steak". Many of her views are not for the faint of heart, as she expects they'll undoubtedly be taken out of context. It makes me glad I've read them first hand so I can see the truth for myself.
One thing is for sure, for decades people have debated whether you would want Roseanne as your Mom but from reading this book theirs no doubt she's the kind of "bubbe" we'd all secretly love to have.
Give this book a chance and it will surprise you as it did me.
Roseanne grew up in the far left's prime in the 60s and 70s during the Vietnam War, just prior to the rise of Reaganomics. She had the opportunity to work at a lesbian feminist commune and engage in radical musings with like-minded individualists and enjoy the accompanying conflict. Rosie also describes her ideology, but if you find it off-putting, it actually not that significant of a portion of the book.
In the beginning of the book, she describes her childhood as a big girl with big dreams and a big ego balancing her dual religious identities. The troubles she had a child come in an obvious resolution in Roseanne's adult personality traits. Self-deprecation and narcissism--only somewhat feigned--are used as psychological defense mechanisms very effectively to ward off negative feelings, as evidenced by Rosie's admission that she is no longer suicidal. Roseanne's writes so forcefully and convincingly about how BSed the importance of being thin is, and her amazing lack of consideration to the feelings of those that oppose her, that I found the book more empowering than anything else. After finishing reading it, I remember feeling so much more secure in myself and when I would say "screw you" in my head to someone, it actually felt like I was discarding their negativity rather than just hiding it somewhere else in my psyche. Roseanne is also one of those rare people who does not take life too seriously, obviously, which allows her to go on some truly hilarious exploits. One of my favorite examples is when Rosie recounts how Oprah cheated in a high-stakes arm-wrestling match with her, when after looking at the footage it seems that it was actually Rosie who cheated--an example of Rosie's playfulness and of how much little respect she has for "acceptable behavior."
Rosie wrote something really special here, and I just hope that everyone else can appreciate it.
(However, I would like to note that $13 for a digital book is substantially more than it should be.)
It wasn't until a few years ago when I saw Roseanne late one night on Larry King that I really started to pay attention. I was thinking, "Man! How is this happening? A celebrity who speaks the truth and is using her fame to help inform and help people without fear of backlash?!! Unheard of!" From that moment on Roseanne's wisdom gives me hope that the entire world is not indeed insane. She's living proof that even celebs can have a conscious and do some good with it.
This book just takes all of that pure truth, mixes in brilliant hilarity and cranks her all the way up to 11! If you're like me, and mostly jaded about just about anything any celebrity has to say these days, do yourself a favor and buy this book and then get ready for the REAL revolution led by Prime Minister/President Rosie!!!