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Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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Roberts, who plays Marie Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, uses her TV character's preoccupation with food to underscore her own needs in this memoir. Her autobiography isn't a sexy tell-all, but it's honest and life-affirming. Roberts was desperate for love and attention. What she got was a hardscrabble childhood, two tough marriages and a career she adored. She repeats her mantra-"I am a survivor"-throughout the book, along with her recipes. These delectable treats-lasagna, chicken crepes, flourless chocolate cake-match moods or milestones in her life. It's a cute, though not innovative, way of breaking up her tale. Roberts's dad left at her birth, her indifferent grandparents raised her in the Bronx, and her mother never paid her a compliment. Still, by age 11, she decided to be an actress, and she got some terrific breaks, due as much to talent as tenacity. That she pursued her dreams while raising a son is laudable, especially with little help from her family. A hardworking actress fond of peppering her prose with homilies (e.g., "If you want life to surprise you, you've got to be open to it rather than defending against it"), Roberts saves the best part of her saga-the early years, the struggle, the triumphs-for the last third of the book. Still, readers will applaud her victories, even if the recounting is less than stellar.
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Actress Roberts weaves together recipes from her own kitchen with anecdotes from her life in show business to construct this effusive memoir. The Emmy-winning actress who plays the mother-in-law from hell, Marie Barone, on the hit television show Everybody Loves Raymond, tells stories from her life, along with lessons she has learned during her 40-year career, two marriages, various love affairs, and struggle to raise her son while building a successful acting career. Fans of the show will know that the character of Marie Barone is quite feisty; Roberts takes on that persona as narrator of this book, and she delivers spirited and amusing opinions on motherhood, ageism in Hollywood, seniors' sex lives, other people's cooking, and more. Her sure-to-be-in-demand memoir includes complete recipes for several Italian dishes. Casual readers, who know Roberts only from seeing her here and there on various TV shows and in supporting roles in movies, will enjoy the book, certainly, but Roberts' fans (and fans of the show) will get the most out of it. Kathleen Hughes
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Doris Roberts is a gift to the world and her candid, deeply personal observations are life affirming. I can't recommend this
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