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Celebrity Detox (The Fame Game) Hardcover – October 9, 2007
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Just like Rosie O'Donnell, "Celebrity Detox" is candid, humorous at times, compassionate, clever, and incredibly thought-provoking. If you think you know everything about Ro, you will be surprised after reading this. And, if you detest Ro and believe that she is the antichrist then you will also get a new understanding of the real Ro. Because she is nothing at all like that lunatic the press portray her as.
You can you say what you want about Rosie O'Donnell. I am sure there is nothing she hasn't heard and there's nothing she cannot take. But you cannot read "Celebrity Detox" and call Ro a coward. In the book, Ro courageously discusses her life after hitting it big and how her brief stint on "The View" came to a thunderous halt. This is the first book ever written by an A-list star that frankly details their own fame in such a forthright and impartial way. Through "Celebrity Detox," Ro has forever ripped that mysterious veil of secrecy off of the MSM.
As Ro has said, she wants to "let the book speak for itself." Who else can write a best-seller without doing any type of promotion? Ro doesn't care about being popular or about making lots of money or being famous. Maybe that's why she was able to write such a riveting and original book? This book was not written for money or for attention (another myth that the media tries to pass off as "fact.") All the proceeds from "Celebrity Detox" are going to Ro's Broadway Kids foundation. I wonder if a certain big-mouth billionaire gives even a tenth of what Ro does?Read more ›
And Rosie doesn't spare this kind of critical evaluation from herself. She admits her failings readily.
The book is full of candor, honesty--just what anyone would expect from Rosie, even her detractors.
But it could have been better. So much of it feels disjointed: pieces of blogs, bits of interviews, excerpts from a discarded draft of the same book--all rest uneasily next to anecdotes surrounding her time on "The View," the program that she made must-see television by her mere presence.
But the book lacks focus (and yes, I know that this can be attributed to Rosie's unconventional "style," but hear me out). While ostensibly about Rosie's adjustment to fame, very little of that journey is chronicled here. There are snippets, but not enough to fully convey what that meteroic rise has been like for her. The relationship to Barbara Walters is what comes through most compellingly. Each moment chronicled between Rosie and Barbara is a real "scene," and it made me wish she had focused the book exclusively on her year at "The View, rather than moving back and forth through time and intercutting with blog material, etc.
But perhaps that's asking for too disciplined a product from a mind that clearly relishes jumping from one bit to another. I do think, however, it would have made a better book.Read more ›
Like the other reviewers said, the book gives a lot of insight into the real Rosie. She is clearly not this caricature portrayed in the news for the last year. Also, the book (like her) has also been poorly represented in the media. She does not really call Barbara Walters "tired." She's not unaware that she has abandonment issues, and sees Barbara Walters as a mother figure. It's a big part of what she talks about. (Some news show psychologist was psychoanalyzing Rosie and Barbara in this manner, but Rosie actually described the issue better herself.) The passage about Walters being "tired" is taken out of context from a letter to her brother where she writes about the *entire* situation on the View.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this book would be interesting and timely.....it was neither. I don't recommend it.Published 4 months ago by Foxytrotter
I love Rosie, but this book is really hard to get in to. Lots of jumping around and I never finished the bookPublished 16 months ago by bratsuz
I feel Rosie glossed over a lot. She mentioned Trump but not much about her sparring with Elisabeth. I think it was too slanted in her favor. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sammikins
Just a has-been hypocrite trying to get people to feel sorry for her that she had no mother, Barbara Walters (and everyone) was/is mean to her, and that Rosie has more money than... Read morePublished 23 months ago by WhosYourChubby
I'm sure, given her level of success in fields outside of entertainment, that Rosie O'Donnell is a capable, intelligent businesswoman, and it would have been great to read a memoir... Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Joel Kramer
An interesting read. Clearly, the pain is still there from the Trump mess from all those years ago. I certainly wouldn't not give that much thought and time to someone that is not... Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by James
Rosie's account of life behind the scenes of celebrity is fascinating. So easy to read her narrative. Makes me want to read more. She's a gem.Published on February 2, 2014 by Dru Maki