Legend. Readers who enjoy biographies of 20th century figures are those most likely to enjoy Karen Abbott’s book titled, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee. Abbott structured this book like a striptease: she sways back and forth in time and reveals a little here and a little there. The versions of a life presented here are interesting and entertaining. The characters, especially Rose herself, her mother, sister Joan and son Erik are intriguing and complex. Abbott presents the people and their times with vivid anecdotes and finely written prose. I was engaged from beginning to end by this interesting life.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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