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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.”
“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.”
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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.)
In places, the book is so funny I laughed out loud, but she also discusses her challenges. Despite fame and fortune, her life has not been easy. She seems to have a good understanding of what she has been through and done. Now she is trying to live a calmer life with a man who is interested in philosophy and music. The book caused me to feel sympathy and compassion for her, and I hope she gets some peace of mind.