Jay'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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Sep 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: media, audiobook

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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Reading Progress

September 26, 2011 – Started Reading
September 26, 2011 – Shelved
September 28, 2011 –
September 30, 2011 –
October 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 7, 2011 – Shelved as: media
February 28, 2013 – Shelved as: audiobook

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