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Meandering Book That Needs More Moore
on December 30, 2009
It's hard to tell what this book is supposed to be--it's a meandering mixture of remembrances from Moore's life mixed with her attempt to be a role model for diabetes sufferers.
I loved Mary Richards and liked Laura Petry. But I'm not so sure about MTM. She can be self-deprecating one minute (sharing her average IQ and 4th-grade level math skills) and bragging the next (claiming she never made a mistake on the Mary Tyler Moore Show so they never had a clip of her to use in the gag reel!). She also assumes that you have read her previous book, alluding to stories or people that she doesn't explain (like her connection to David Letterman).
There just isn't enough insight into Mary Tyler Moore here--only 150 pages of text (followed by another 50 in appendixes). The stories are presented in a style like your grandma drifting from thought to unrelated thought. Some of it's interesting (her private visit with the pope) but other parts are only for those interested in diabetes. It is a bit frustrating to read and you end up unsure the point of it all. And in the end I like her less as a person than as a performer.