I don't normally read books about celebs or by celebs. Until reading this book I really knew little about Rosie other than what the news media likes to show the public (ususally her loud and brash side). I have never watched an episode of The View or of Rosie's syndicated show. This book shows you the side of Rosie that the news media tends to conveniently forget about. It shows her human-ness. It shows a fierce mama who adores her kids and cherishes her time with them. It shows the struggles of a woman trying to stay true to herself and just be who she is - sometimes pushing people's buttons along the way. While I don't always 100% agree with Rosie, particularly with some of her political views, this book gives me a newfound respect for her and the next time the news media splashes Rosie tabloid headlines my way, I will definately see them in a different light now that I've had a peek at what makes this woman tick.
Am I the only one who thought this book was a waste of Paper? i am a big Rosie fan and this look into her life made me feel sad that she is not getting the help that she so obviously needs. yes, at times it was funny but to me, it also shows a woman who is on the edge of oblivian.
There's really not a whole lot of positive things to say about this book. It felt like I was reading Rosie's whiney, over-dramatized diary. The two main things she covers in the book is her obsession with Barbara Streisand and her disappointment in Barbara Walters. At times, Rosie becomes very self-absorbed and almost non-coherant. If there is a point to this book, I must have missed it.
Extremely brief (read it in one sitting). Rosie's version (& not necessarily the actual version, I think) of her controversial year on "The View." Left me thinking that she is not just strange, but kind of crazy, and perhaps she had better withdraw from public life forever.
This was an unpolished and very raw picture of what life is like as a celebrity when the cameras are off and on.
Obviously anothe reviewer missed the whole point of the book. Rosie is through with trying to "be" what everyone wants her to be. She's not the queen of nice - it was an image portrayed by the media. Why do you want people to be what they are not?
It's not easy being in tabloid headlines - because that's what people believe is true - not what is real.
Anyway, the book is Rosie for real - and someone who is passionate about her beliefs. If you don't agree with her fine, but no reason to expect anything different.
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, light-hearted at times while examining her life and emotional perspective deeply at other times. I really liked the perspective. She was real and down to earth. She admits there are two sides to every story and this is just her side. Although it touched on her roots and mentions how she got her start, it is more details about her job with the View, Barbara Streisand, and Barbara Walters.
It also had some details about her life and job with her own show. It explains how once being a celebrity she began feeling less authentic and less real the more she was on display.
This book was ok. I was hoping there would be more celebrity gossip, instead she goes on and on about her love of Barbra Streisand. The parts where she talked about her mom and her family were touching, she would have been better off if she stuck to stuff like that. I'm glad I borrowed it from the library...
As far as celebrity memoirs/autobiographies go, this one seemed to just fall flat. I don't think it accomplished it's intended goal, which, if you believe the blurbs on the cover, is that it "...illuminates not only what it's like to be a celebrity, but also what it's like to be a mother, a daughter, a leader, a friend, a sister, a wife...in short, a human being."
I am all of the things described by the blurb (well, obviously not a celebrity!), and yet, I simply didn't feel that this book resonated with me. Maybe I had unreasonable expectations, but I had hoped that while writing about how she is just a normal person, who got wrapped up in the celebrity game, she would show how there is a commonality between me, a heterosexual wife and mother in Texas, to her, a homosexual wife and mother in California; unfortunately, I just didn't feel that connection.
Although I read through it fairly quickly, I didn't think it was necessarily written well and cohesive. I like Rosie O'Donnell and although I don't agree with some of her political views I do think she is entertaining and certainly a human rights activist. Her blog entries are interrupting in the book and choppy as they are on her website. Her eventual controversial leave from "The View" was touched on but not really elaborated on. I thought I would learn something new which I really didn't. I honestly wouldn't recommend using a credit on the book.
This book is sour grapes. She should have left all of this unsaid. I loved her old show, but I didn't enjoy her on the View, because she wasn't doing what she was famous for, being "nice" and funny; someone people could identify with. Much of the time, she came off as overbearing, depressive, and sadly not educated enough to be taken seriously. The show is watched as a vicrious enjoyable coffe klatch, and not "Nightline".
I was surprised at the negative reviews for the book. The back cover says it is an account of her time after her hit show and on The View. Yes, the blog entries may get in the way, but they do add her viewpoint in sort of a poetic way. She does something most celebrities wont admit, fame does change the way people look at you, in fact, they not only look at you, but want to touch you, hug you, engage you. No wonder celebrities walk around with bodyguards. She does a good job telling us what really happened at The View. I forgot that she had a one year contract although the media made such a big deal about her leaving. I would be interested in hearing about her experience being on the radio and how it differs from being on TV. I had this book on my shelf for a few years and finally read it in a day.