Find Me [NOOK Book]

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Part memoir, part mystery, 'Find Me' is a tale of a friendship between a troubled young woman and a celebrity obsessed with helping her. Rosie O'Donnell's candid memoir is a topsy-turvy tale of mistaken identities and strange psychological illnesses that may or may not exist.
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Overview

Part memoir, part mystery, 'Find Me' is a tale of a friendship between a troubled young woman and a celebrity obsessed with helping her. Rosie O'Donnell's candid memoir is a topsy-turvy tale of mistaken identities and strange psychological illnesses that may or may not exist.
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Why did daytime talk diva Rosie O'Donnell decide to shelve her megapopular, Emmy Award–winning show? Her legion of fans will find the answers here in this surprisingly dark and emotional "tell-all."

There's been a lot of media hype over the fact that Rosie is finally revealing the truth about her sexual orientation. But this "revelation" is a very minor facet of this book. Indeed, her attitude about it seems to be, "This is what I am, no big deal." Instead, what's most revealing in Find Me is what it reveals about the day-to-day life of this pop culture celebrity.

It seems that the daily grind of a talk show is something Rosie goes through somewhat grudgingly -- frankly, she'd rather be helping people who'd like to adopt children. (Rosie has adopted children of her own and finances a New Jersey adoption agency's operation.) Children are obviously vitally important to her; tellingly, a portion of the book details her feelings of abandonment when her own mom died at an early age.

The focal point of Find Me is Rosie's attempts to come to the aid of what appears to be a pregnant young girl, one seemingly unsure what to do about her baby. Rosie, who considers herself an inveterate helper, goes well above and beyond the call of duty and finds herself in an intense emotional situation that, ultimately, leads her to conclude that it's time to end her show.

Rosie's many fans will find this revealing look at her life impossible to put down. (Nicholas Sinisi)

Nicholas Sinisi is the Barnes & Noble.com Nonfiction editor.

Book Magazine
...a quick-paced memoir that reads like a novel...
From The Critics
Despite the tabloids' fascination with O'Donnell's sexuality, her gripping memoir only deals with the topic in passing. O'Donnell, a volunteer at an adoption agency, focuses instead on the friendship she developed last May with a young girl who contacted her after she was raped and became pregnant. Incorporating snapshots from her own life, the author writes of her attempts to help the girl and the unexpected, disturbing events that followed. O'Donnell hasn't written a juicy tell-all but a quick-paced memoir that reads like a novel.
—Kristin Kloberdanz

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) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446548847
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/16/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 340,301
  • File size: 231 KB

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I met Stacie for the first time in May. Her voice was meek and flat on the phone. She wasn't crying, but I heard it, the unmistakable sound of desperation. That was the first call, the single call that would change my life, and hers too, probably forever. I work with a nonprofit adoption agency in New Jersey. I fund their operation and provide outreach services; they do the work. Finding families for kids who need them is beyond fulfilling, it is addictive. I like to help. I need to help. I help a lot, sometimes too much. This is a true story about a girl named Stacie who called the adoption agency with a terrible problem. A lot of it won't make sense, at least logically. But sometimes sense runs deeper than logic. Nothing happens by chance. The events that follow, some dark and painful, changed me absolutely. You have been warned.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    wow

    Wow, it's all I can say. I had no idea Rosie thinks the way she does. Parts of the book made me raise my eyebrow in disbelief, but overall a good read. Rosie is always about truth and that's something I definitely commend her for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    amazing

    this book was without a dout a pageturner for me. all the details and all the suprises.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    made me cry

    how this book made me cry. i read it in a day and i was so glad that i did. the book felt like it was talking to me, she was talking me one on one and the stories were really amazing. come on, bessie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    bessie

    Fond memories are the secret to a warm heart.Thanks for the 'trip home' and always be the fantastic person that your parents raised and loved.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    You rock, Ro!

    I loved this book! Good for you on all of your choices concerning your relationship with Stacie. I can relate to you and relate to her. I lost my mom, too, and it is very hard for me. You kept my interest throughout and it is good for people to hear that celebrities are human beings and have feelings and emotions and friends and do normal stuff. This book digs deep into the soul and stirs up different feelings throughout. Awesome ending. Thanks!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    Find Me

    So many tell about the bad in foster homes, and the ones doing good are left in the shadow. Foster parents, and foster children need someone like Rosie to show there are good people that will help a child, and a foster home can be better than their real parents.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    Find Me

    It takes a lot of love for other people to write your true feelings, thoughts and to let your skeletons out of the closet, as Rosie did in this book. Like so many books, The child called it, Secrets in the Night, and this one. I as a reader felt compassion for the writers. Keep it up, I grow as a person when I read these books. Rosie you're great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    A Class Act!

    Leaving Hollywood, New York, the glitz and glamour to focus on children is the theme of this classy book. Congrats and best wishes Rosie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I could not put this book down, i read it in 2 days. I love Ros

    I could not put this book down, i read it in 2 days. I love Rosie, she's so human !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    Good Book!

    I was surprised @ how much I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to my friends!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    Heart Warming

    'Find Me' was very heart filled. I couldn¿t put the book down from the minute I started to read it. Rosie writes this book well, with lots of personal experiences included. Over all I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    She Was A Joy In Bed!

    Ok, hold your horses. No we did not do the nasty...I bought the audio book and treated myself to several chapters each evening after retiring for the evening. Such a treat each chapter was, and found myself looking forward to hitting the sack each night so I could hear more about her. Great book Ms. Rose...you rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    so cool!

    I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS VERY COOL! I CAME OUT TO MY PARENTS AFTER I READ THIS BOOK! IT WAS VERY INCOURAGING BECAUSE I WAS VERY SCARED AND FRIGHTENED ABOUT WHAT I COULD LOSE IF I WAS NOT ACCEPTED! I WAS NOT JUDGED IN ANYWAY! THIS WAS WONDERFUL! I PUT THIS BOOK BY MY PARENTS DOOR, AND THEY JUST KNEW!! THE HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE EVER SINCE THANK-YOU ROSIE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    Interesting and beautiful

    I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and had finished it in about an hour and a half. "Find Me" tells about Rosie's family, herself as a child, herself now, personal problems of her own, and her intense relationship with Melissa. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Melissa, a woman with multiple personality disorder. Despite a portion of the book being about Melissa and her personalities, a LOT of Rosie is in this book. I really recommend this book, because it is so interesting and touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Unique, Moving, Astonishing, and Heartwarming!

    I truly enjoy 'Find Me'. I couldn't put it down, I read the book in a couple of hours. Rosie talks about her life experiences. Her dilemma with Melissa, the love for her friends, children and specially her mother. Also, you learn that money is not everything and that you should appreciate life for what it is. Therefore, I recommend it to anyone. Rosie Rules!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    A New Voice

    Even if you don't like Rosie, this book is written in a well refreshing style. I don't think she could ever do better than this first book. So if you're thinking about it -- maybe a little curious -- go ahead and read it. It's short. Plus I don't think you've read anything like this. You won't be disappointed. You could always return it. Go on..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Great Book!!

    I bought this book this morning and finished it in a few hours. I loved every word. My mother died when I was a child and I endured child abuse...in fact, I found that a lot of my life paralleled in some respect to Rosie's. I found comfort reading her book. ...And as I turned the last page and closed the book, a tear escaped, thus being touched. Even before this book, I felt that even if Rosie is a famous star, I could knock on her door and feel right at home with her. Thank-you, Rosie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    HORRIBLE......

    THIS BOOK IS BAD.I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE ABOUT ROSIE NOT STACIE.MAYBE THE REASON THIS BOOK IS CALLED FIND ME ,IS BECAUSE THERE SO LITTLE ABOUT ROSIE IN IT .STACIE IS THE MAIN FOCCUS VERY BORING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    And We Think Celebrities Have No Worries

    This book pulls the reader in from the beginning...It is sweet, tender and crazy all at once; but always entertaining. We are provided with very personal glimpses into Rosie's life (both past and present) and it's not always what you would imagine a celebrity's life to be like. If anything it showed me that while Rosie is popular and a multimillionaire, she has problems just as we all do, possibly more so. It's an easy read. Pick up a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    Disapointing because....

    This was one woman's (Rosie's)journal entries over a brief period of her life. Because she is a celebrity, she shared some of her past with the readers, both positive and negative, BUT this incident with 'Stacie'is bizarre to say the least. It is (was) an odd situation but nothing to constitute a novel, perhaps a 'long' short story. Borrow a copy, don't purchase it.

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