Mary Ann’s May Recommendation

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare.  The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott

“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.

Read about it or request it from the library catalog.


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