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American Rose by Karen Abbott
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Oct 01, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: media, audiobook
Read from September 26 to October 01, 2011

I've read many biographies, and this one I didn't enjoy. The story is told in a confusing, non-linear way, but I can deal with that. What makes it more confusing is the names are repeated and change over time, the mother is Rose, Gypsy is Rose. Gypsy has a few other names earlier (and later, as the book is non-linear!). Gypsy's story before the burlesque period was interesting, but afterwards it seems too familiar, and she didn't to me seem to be a likable person. I most enjoyed the Minsky brothers story, which was a brief part of this book. I listened to this on audio - the narration used a Gypsy-like voice for quotes, but this didn't really add to the story. Like Gypsy herself, it felt a little gimmicky.
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