Rosie O! How She Conned America by Jim Nelson (With Susan Trew)

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Rosie O'Donnell became a true rags to riches American success story. After losing her mother to cancer and being raised by a father she called abusive and alcoholic, she beat the odds to become one of the most versatile stars in the history of showbiz with hits in television, movies, theatre and stand-up comedy.

Marking herself as the "Queen of Nice", her adoring fans could easily relate to this down-to-earth single mom who lusted after Tom Cruise, idolized Barbara Streissand and fought a never-ending battle with her weight.

Then, at the peak of her popularity, as one of her friends said, "something inside Rosie suddenly snapped." Straight from the files of the National Enquirer, this book reveals for the first time what's REALLY behind the transformation of Rosie from the sweet, all-American mom beloved by middle America to the crusading, tough-talking lesbian that Rosie became.

Reveals what's really behind the transformation of Rosie, from the sweet, all-American mom beloved by middle America, to the crusading, tough-talking lesbian that she's become.

From the files of the National Enquirer (yes, a mild groan), this book caught my attention more than I thought it would. Not because I believe Rosie conned America, especially with the little evidence this book shows of it, but just because it was written in an easy manner and the lives of others are always interesting. Much was focused on Rosie's loss of her mother and how that affected her every year of her life thereafter. Dying at the age of ten and wasting away of cancer, and then having issues with her father - which are explored in a rather fascinating level - it was shown quite clearly that Rosie was determined to succeed as a star no matter the cost.

I had never really watched her show before, but knew it was a big hit. Instead of making the reader despise the woman, it instead shows her fond love of children and all her work in children's rights. An especially sad issue was when she was trying to help a woman who turned out to have a multiple personality, and a badly abused child that became too hard for any family to handle. I suppose The National Enquirer wishes for us to believe that because on her show she was all sweet and roses, then became outspoken afterward and out of the closet, that everything preceding that was a con. I don't agree.

The book got horrible reviews at Amazon, and it's hard to know what's true and what's not with the National Enquirer behind the wheel. Nevertheless, from what is written a different picture was painted for yours truly, making me have a deeper respect for Rosie than I did before. Sometimes her outspoken statements can grow tiresome, but when I watched some clips of her arguments a lot of it makes sense as well. I suppose being opinionated is not well embraced in celebrities?

It's hard to rate this book because I enjoyed reading it, but some of it was likely not true and I didn't agree at all with the whole focus of the book. If they were trying to convince the public with this work that Rosie conned anyone, they did a horrible job with the facts and stories shown. I'll take the safe road and slap it with a 2, recommending others to read it if they run across it in the Dollar General store where I did.