“Like she does in the musical,”Gypsy,” Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother overshadows this account of Gypsy’s (Louise Rose’s) life. If you think Mama Rose seemed determined in the play, this book elaborates to show her as ruthless, immoral, and a little nuts. “Gypsy” sketched the quirky facts of Gypsy/Louise’s childhood, and this book adds additional bizarre experiences. Despite her adult success, the tawdriness of her early years, her affairs, and the eccentricities of her family kept Gypsy restless and insecure. It also paints a vivid account of the rowdy life of performers in vaudeville and burlesque.