Kirsti's Reviews > American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

American Rose by Karen Abbott
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bookshelves: anger, history, biography, nervous-breakdowns, nonfiction, wish-it-had-been-fiction
Read in January, 2011

Very compelling material . . . I knew that Gypsy Rose Lee's mother was abusive and possibly crazy, but I didn't realize that she committed two murders and attempted two others (according to the author). Also, she exploited children (her own and those of other people), underfed them, and exposed them to toxic chemicals.

Minus one star for the structure, which is irritatingly choppy. I wish the author had started and ended with the World's Fair performance and told the rest chronologically.
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Jan C Two murders?

So her style hasn't improved much since Sin in the Second City?


Kirsti Actually, I thought that book was better.


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