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Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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*Starred Review* Once upon a time, there was a woman named Roseanne. She had a show that changed the face of television. She also did some very crazy things, like marry Tom Arnold and write a not-exactly-true book about incest in her family. She railed about many issues over the years and got a reputation for being a badass, though in this book, she bemoans the fact she really has a flat ass. Her show never really went off the air (reruns!), but most people eventually forgot about Roseanne. Well, she’s back, and because she’s now old, as she tells you many, many times, she has much wisdom to impart in her still raucous, laugh-out-loud, black-humored voice. As she sees it, dear reader, she’s the roller coaster, and you, having paid for the ticket, are just along for the ride, which shoots up and down between her Jewish upbringing in Mormon Utah, her weight losses and gains (mostly gains), her deification as a saint of the lower middle class, and her vilification as the woman who ruined “The Star Spangled Banner” (she apologizes a million times; she was just trying to sing good!). But mostly, she wants to tell you what she’s learned through religious studies, meditation, and kabbalah, which pretty much boils down to being kind to each other. But nobody says it funnier, with more heart and more oomph. Crazy like a fox. --Ilene Cooper


“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.”

Bill Maher

“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.”

Sandra Bernhard

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Printing edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439154821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439154823
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Zaine Ridling on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rosanne speaks the truth so bluntly that it's funny, and then when you think about it, it's shocking because there's so much that's true to your experience. Contrast the blunt force of her take on any issue compared to the Oprahfication of America and you'll see how far we've fallen. Her solution is "simple truth" to most any problem. "It's not complicated, just do the right thing," she writes over and over, whether it be MidEast Peace or the "war" on drugs or stupid kids. I think she overemphasizes her emotional response to her singing the National Anthem back in the early 90s. It was a comedienne's take on the silliness of that ritual, the same ritual where the field is filled by multimillionaire ballplayers while us poor slobs who bought tickets to see them can't afford an $8 hot dog at the same game! Buy the book, you'll laugh, and then you'll be pissed off at how right she is on so many issues. Don't look for help from the news media because they don't understand someone who doesn't fit into their predictable little boxes.
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I started Roseanne's book unsure what to expect. She's always spoken her mind, which I respect. The cover caught my eye and the humor of a "nut farm" reference only to find out she really does live on a nut farm made me give her book a shot. Secretly I wondered how far I would get though.

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.
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Being a fan of "Roseanne" the sitcom and of the comedian herself, I've been looking forward to reading this book since I heard about it several months ago. I have to say that with all that anticipation, the book does not disappoint. Having read her first two books ("My Life as A Woman" and "My Lives"), I would say that this book is a nice balance between the themes of her first two books (the theme in the first book being feminism and family, and the theme in the latter being Hollywood and fame). The book itself is a collection of essays on topics including politics, family, sex, religion, and show business. It also offers a glimpse into Roseanne's childhood, growing up in a Jewish family in Salt Lake City, Utah. You won't see much in depth talk about the sitcom, but I would recommend "My Lives" if that's what you're interested in. Overall, the book was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to any fan of Roseanne's, or anyone who is interested in reading a woman's unique perspective on life in general.
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I had never read a work of Roseanne before, and I wasn't sure what to expect from them woman who proclaims herself to be the Domestic Goddess. What I discovered though--a deliciously self-deprecating, eye-opening, hilarious, intriguing, emotionally satisfying, intellectual, and above all empowering work on life, feminism, society, and family--did not surprise me. NOT EVERYONE HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH GOD LIKE ROSEANNE AFTER ALL!

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.
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