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Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm

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Roseanne Barr is a force of nature. Whether taking the sitcom world by storm, challenging accepted social norms, or battling the wild pigs inhabiting her nut farm in Hawaii, she is not to be trifled with. In this return to the printed page, Roseanne unleashes her
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Published January 4th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published December 21st 2010)
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Jan 15, 2012 Kdooley rated it did not like it
I really like Roseanne Barr. I think she's entertaining and witty. I enjoy her twitter feed, and I don't think all of her ideas are totally out there. That said, this book is terrible. You can only read it in chunks or else your mind starts to revolt from the lack of decent editing (both self-editing from Barr and professional editing). It kind of reads as though you're having a conversation with someone who is utterly stoned. I am going to just pretend I didn't read this book.
Kate Woods Walker
Mar 07, 2011 Kate Woods Walker rated it liked it
I like this broad. I like what she has to say. And I like the way she says it.

My S.O. commented several times, as I laughed my way through Roseanne's latest, that he hadn't seen me enjoy a book so much as this one. Not only is it devastatingly funny, this series of essays and reminiscences is wise, challenging and has just the right amount of devilishness.

Although Roseanne is right about almost everything, I can't agree with her disdain for perfumes and smellums. (I'm woman on a quest to re-crea
Oct 08, 2012 Hafidha rated it liked it
Roseanne is a human tornado - powerful and messy! This book is a bit overlong, but the first third - chapters on her childhood - are almost breathtaking in terms of storytelling, and the pieces, "Left of Center in Denver," (about the long hard road of leftist community activist) is kind of a must-read if you've ever been involved in a subculture that struggles to reconcile the dream (Everyone Will Be Like Us One Day!) with reality (Striving Together is Really Fucking Hard). I also enjoyed "Flatt ...more
probably more like two & a half stars. when jared saw the cover, he said, "wasn't there some scandal some years back about roseanne shooting off assault rifles?" i replied, "i think you may be making a mistake i make all the time, & confusing roseanne with my mom."

reading this book was A LOT like stumbling across my mom's blog or getting a crazy e-mail from her (before i blocked her e-mail address). the difference is that my mom is not jewish, & roseanne is & talks about it const
Dec 17, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
"Roseannearchy is my attempt to weave my own revolutionary code into the mind of the reader."

Roseanne is my hero: a fat crazy Jewish mystic radical socialist feminist self-proclaimed fierce working-class domestic goddess. I was in the middle of reading this book when Roseanne came out in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, dressed New Left guerilla-chic, proposing that everyone in a higher income bracket face the guillotine or put in a reeducation camp. This is when I fell in love!

I fini
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I am a huge fan of "Roseanne" and not as much of an admirer of Roseanne, and this book reinforces that distinction. However, I must confess that I became interested in the book after seeing Roseanne on Oprah, and she seemed so together and witty, I thought she must have mellowed with age (she describes herself, both on Oprah and in the book, as an old lady, which is quite surprising, considering that she's only in her fifties, I presume), but, alas, she's still filled with her o
Jul 15, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
If you're not a Roseanne fan, this probably isn't the book for you. I really appreciate how well her voice comes through while reading, it's essentially like having Roseanne deliver a monologue for 284 pages. I'm hard pressed to succinctly describe what this book is about. Basically it's Roseanne writing about a variety of topics, from her childhood to her views on politics. None of it's surprising, particularly if you've already seen "Roseanne's Nuts," but I still really enjoyed this read.
Lance Lovett
Sep 24, 2016 Lance Lovett added it
Recommends it for: Intellectuals, Mensa Society, Liberals
Rosanne is as misunderstood as Andrew "Dice" Clay. I have never been a fan and only saw a few episodes of her sitcom. I found out through this book that she had a late night talk show at some point.
I continue to believe that her national anthem incident was something that she tried to recover from mistake and save face by making it a joke, though a poor one, from on the spot improvisation that many performers have had to attempt if they have had sufficient opportunity to be the 'Ace or The Ass'.
Aug 04, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
I love Roseann Barr and was anxious to read this book. It started out well but could have used a better editor.
Parts of the book were very well-written but others were much too long. A shorter, better edited book would have gotten a much better review.
Nov 21, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In all honesty , I wanted to give this book three and a half stars, but since Goodreads doesn't permit for that, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and gave it four.

Roseanne is one out there chick. The book meanders, jumps back and forth in time, and diverges on tangents pretty frequently. But that's what is so enjoyable about it, I think. It's very stream of consciousness. As someone who gets off on tangents a lot myself, this is a thing I can appreciate.

There are people who probably shouldn't
Mar 09, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Definitely amusing, especially if you're a Roseanne fan.
john nielsen boyack
Jun 21, 2011 john nielsen boyack rated it it was amazing
Roseanne Barr is my biological mother, and I can prove this because she hates cats.

Barr picks up a ton of steam once you hit chapter 10, "Left Of Center In Denver". She provides recipes for garlic bread, peace of mind, raising grandchildren post-menopausal, humor, lokshn (noodles), et al.

The best thing I learned about her life was her experience guest-editing the first (and only) women's issue of The New Yorker, which featured Amy Sedaris, among others. She signed Judd Apatow and Joss Whedon to
Pat Buzby
Mar 10, 2011 Pat Buzby rated it really liked it
After numerous attempts, I finally got picked to be in the audience of the Oprah show. Until we were walking in the studio we still did not know what the show topic of the day would be. It was Roseanne and when we left we got a free copy of the book. When I sat in my seat, at first I groanned, because I was angry with Roseanne for leaving the stage of the Wizard of Oz in Madison Square Garden a dozen years ago and then was on a talk show the next morning looking well. I had spent a lot of money ...more
Lilac Wolf
Jun 02, 2011 Lilac Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh, cry, think and pee my pants. ;) Really it was full of insight not just in her own life, but in the world. She warns you not to take it too seriously and you can sometimes glean when she is making a joke.

I have a new-found respect for this woman because she takes responsibility for a lot of mistakes she made in life, not just the horrible version of the national anthem she sang, but her marriages, saying horrible things about her parents and even having children. She cons
Oct 15, 2012 Martin rated it really liked it
I wish I could have given this book a three-and-a-half star rating but there was no way I was going to give it four, no matter how much I loved parts of it. Roseanne's previous autobiography, "My Lives" (1994) has an average rating of 3.49 and "Roseannearchy" only has a 3.29 but I think this is a much better (or less crazy & bridge-burning) look at herself. She certainly has done a lot of work on herself since her previous book, as evidenced by the foreword by first husband Bill Pentland, wh ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: much-loved-bios
i loved this book. i picked it up after being amusing and befuddled by some of her twitter posts. she is a prolific twitterer for sure. has a lot to say about politics and generally strikes me as an extremely intellient, well read woman who likely has ADHD in addition to the many psychiatric diagnoses she labels herself with. she has a hyperbolic humour style which i find hysterically funny. it reminds me most of john waters, just completely over the top. she's obviously a talented comic and i a ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Ocean rated it liked it
i mostly got this from the library because i read ciara's review of it & she mentions that roseanne was a 70'd feminist who worked at a womyn's bookstore?! whoa! i was surprised & intrigued. i enjoyed it, so much so that i found it impossible not to read paragraphs to my boyfriend, who laughed, but after a while asked, "um, does this book have any narrative structure?" no! it doesn't. but i was still entertained by it and it mostly made me really happy. it's really nice seeing ANYONE who ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Indra rated it really liked it
I love Roseanne. Always have, always will. Smart, funny, crazy, doesn't give a shit. Dared to really delve into the issue of social class in America when no one else would. I've enjoyed all her work--TV shows, writing, and stand-up and this book was no exception. Those who aren't fans probably wouldn't. People seem to really love or really hate her, so she must be doing something right!
Aug 20, 2014 Caroline rated it liked it
I think how much you're going to enjoy this book depends entirely on how much you like Roseanne as a person and are interested in her thoughts. Some of the points she makes are great, and of course the gossip she dishes is delicious, but you do have to wade through some slightly-unhinged ramblings to get to it. Definitely not a book for everyone, but entertaining if you're into it.
Sep 02, 2011 Christopher rated it liked it
This is certainly a book written by Roseanne Barr. If that is what you want when you pick up this book, that is exactly what you will get for almost 300 pages. No ghost writing here. No "as told to". I don't really know what to say about this book other than it was 100% what I expected it to be...except for maybe the chapter about her experiences as a young militant feminist. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about that part of Roseanne. I'm glad she's still writing books - she has a demograph ...more
John G.
Aug 22, 2015 John G. rated it did not like it
I got this book for .75 at a used bookstore and flat out couldn't even force myself to finish it, made it to page 116 and gave in. I like Roseanne, think she has an interesting viewpoint and mixture of life experiences. But the writing is weak, the comedy painfully unfunny and just boring ranting. I expected much more than this.
Sarah Jane
3.5 Stars

From a very young age, I watched Roseanne. My dad used to call me Darlene. I've also watched Roseanne's more recent tv show, Roseanne's Nuts. I adore this loud-mouthed broad. She goes where most people aren't willing to go. I didn't realize she had more than one book, so I will probably go back and find the other two. This is her third book. I wouldn't really call it a memoir or an autobiography or even a tell-all.

Roseannearchy is a good collection of random rantings and writings of Ros
Jeremy Preacher
Feb 20, 2012 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This was much more readable than her first book - the lack of terrible poetry was a huge relief. I find Roseanne as a character fascinating in a trainwreck sort of way, and I have to keep reminding myself as I read that she's a comedian, she's totally writing this stuff for effect, but I still flinch at a lot of the ethnic stereotyping.

I don't know that I'd recommend this book particularly, but it was entertaining enough. I think the vast majority of it would work much better as standup comedy,
Aug 14, 2013 Imraan rated it liked it
I heard the audiobook - the first few chapters were quite funny indeed. Though I'm not usually a critic (and moreover, it was fun just to hear Roseanne reading anything to begin with), this book seemed a little self-indulgent and I couldn't find it in myself to finish hearing the rest of it. That said, it is worth a try, especially if you are a deeply committed Roseannarchist who wants to change the world.

Alas, I wonder what the pages of History will say about this woman. If you've ever watched
Sep 19, 2012 Lisa added it
Every woman, feminist, fan of comedy HAS to be a fan of Roseanne! She paved the way for real life in comedy shows, and I cannot think of another comedy that depicts the modern day family in such an honest way.
This book is a collection of Barr's musings, from life on her farm in Hawaii to her new thought on Tom Arnold (well, new since her last book where she loved him to death and now - well - you know where she stands) this is an awesome read which will get you thinking, laughing and fills in t
Mar 02, 2015 Nikki rated it did not like it
This book is...weird. I suppose that would be a good word to use. I could also say "all over the place" "leaning towards insane" and "what was Roseanne on when she wrote this?" I like Roseanne and I love her old sitcom still today (well, the early years before they won the was all down hill after that), but this book is filled with ramblings that did not quite go together and were organized in an odd fashion. I agree with numerous things she has to say, but she delivers it in a rath ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Even though I didn't particularly like her other book, I still want to give this one a try since it's a lot more recent.


I'm not sure how it's possible, but this book made even less sense than "My Lives" did. However, I found this one a lot more entertaining.

There's not really much to say here. Roseanne is certifiably nuts and often repeats herself and goes off on tangents about absolutely nothing. Once in a blue moon, she makes a statement that really makes a lot of sense, but then takes
May 25, 2011 laaaaames rated it it was ok
As soon as I read Barr's truly magnificent New York Magazine article, I knew I had to read this book.

Sadly, one thing is not like the other.

Barr has been a huge influence on me as a writer and a feminist, so it's frustrating that reading this book was like getting locked in a small room with a friend's crazy mom who is determined to tell you everything she finds relevant about life before you can go, even if she repeats herself, goes off on confusing tangents, and contradicts the shit out of eve
Apr 16, 2014 Nadia rated it it was ok
I like Roseanne just fine, but this book is so boring that I had to read it in parts.
Sep 11, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
Because I'm up at weird hours of the night/morning feeding my daughter, I've started watching some new shows. One that I'm really enjoying is Roseanne's new reality show, Roseanne's Nuts. It hilarious! I thought that since I am enjoying it so much that I should read her latest book that she wrote. It's her third autobiography (haven't read the others) and I just didn't find it all that interested or funny. Plus she talked a lot about Mormons and gave very false information about the religion, an ...more
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Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actress and writer. At times in her career she has also been known as "Roseanne Arnold" and "Roseanne Thomas". On the opening credits of one final-season episode of her TV show Roseanne, she was credited as "Roseanne Barr Pentland Arnold Thomas". For several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, she was known simply as Roseanne, ...more
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