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Rosie O'Donnell
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.O27 A3 2002b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

One day, TV talk show host O'Donnell (Kids Are Punny), aka Rosie, impulsively left a phone message for a pregnant, 14-year-old girl, whose tragic story of rape she had learned about at the New Jersey adoption agency she funds. Within days, the girl, Stacie, called back. Rosie introduced herself and offered to help the girl in any way she could. "And as I said those words, it was like a shell breaking open or a bird coming out," writes O'Donnell. "I said hello and a crack came, and we all fell in, straight into looking-glass land." What follows is an enormously powerful story about the mystery of identity, about how forces strong enough to shatter one person can make another shine like a diamond. Rosie chronicles her increasingly obsessive phone and e-mail relationship with a poor, broken kid who comes to show her that beneath her gifts of humor, fame, money and even love, she is still the child who lost her mother and is calling out to her. But what makes this brief book extraordinary by any standard is that it captures the way a core self, a true I, can appear in the midst of the most broken life. In the kind of lean, clean, witty prose that comes only with complete honesty, Rosie imparts some unexpected truths. Readers will come away persuaded that the road of obsessiveness can sometimes lead to the palace of wisdom, that faith and grace are real. Those who declare this merely a sexual "coming-out" story (there are passing references to dating a woman and to Rosie's partner, Kelli) need a heart and brain transplant. Here, Rosie offers us an unsentimental and utterly real tale about the power of love. (One-day laydown, Apr. 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

O'Donnell's life is the stuff of legend. She grew up in a poor household, and at the age of 11 she lost her mom to breast cancer. From that background she became a comic, an actress, an award-winning talk show host, and an activist for children's rights. But behind the success was a woman suffering with depression and her need to be perfect. The author parallels this memoir with her experience with a woman with multiple personalities who comes into her life. The book moves between O'Donnell's interactions with the young woman and her own story, including her decision to leave her talk show and become more public about her private life with her longtime lover. This work is extremely disjointed and can be quite confusing; the listener sometimes has trouble keeping track of whether O'Donnell is talking about her life or "Stacie," one of the multiple personalities. After hearing her tale, instead of wanting to cheer, listeners may wonder if O'Donnell is in need of mental health support as well. Given her problems with her magazine and other events that are keeping her in the news, libraries may want to purchase this tape for demand. Otherwise, not a necessary purchase.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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