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Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND TELEVISION STAR ROSEANNE BARR IS BACKâWITH A VENGEANCEâAND THE RESULT IS ROSEANNEARCHY.
Roseanne Barr is a force of nature. Whether taking the sitcom world by storm, challenging accepted social norms, or battling the wild pigs inhabiting her nut farm in Hawaii, she is not to be trifled with. In this return to the printed page, Roseanne unleashes her razor-sharp observations on hypocrisy, hubris, and self-perpetuating institutions of questionable valueâas well as menopause, pharmaceuticals, and her grandkids. And sheâs as controversial, original, and funny as ever.
Raised half-Jewish, half-Mormon, and 100 percent misfit, Roseanne made a deal with Satan early on as the price she paid for stardom. But now sheâs looking to refinance the loan of her soulâthis book represents her final exorcism of fame.
Displaying her brilliance and sharp wit, Roseanne discusses the humor of everyday life with musings on more serious topics, such as class warfare, feminism, the cult of celebrity, and Kabbalah. Bold, brash, and insightful, Roseannearchy shows that she can still skewer any subject under the sun and why The New York Times describes her appeal as âthe power of a whole planet, pulling everything around it inexorably into its orbit.â
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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.)