WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...

On "BOOM TOWN
How Wal*Mart Transformed an All-American Town
into an International Community"

“In this important work, Rosen’s elegant writing style, reportorial skills, and storytelling ability combine to transform the story of one small town—a fascinating tale in its own right—into a profound commentary on the recent multicultural trends that are shaping America’s future.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Homefront in World War ll

“In this marvelous report from the interior, Marjorie Rosen tells the story of an American heartland where old struggles over race give way to new paradigms. Here a Muslim construction tycoon builds a shul at cost for his new Jewish neighbors, Marshall Islanders find prosperity, and a Hindu family adjusts its faith to pizza and ice cream. A comprehensive, nuanced, and utterly surprising account!”
Honor Moore, author of The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir

“Anyone interested in America’s future should read Marjorie Rosen’s Boom Town, a vivid, engaging portrait of a place that’s zoomed from small, sleepy, and racially uniform to big, economically dynamic, and ethnically diverse almost overnight. Greater Bentonville’s story shows us how to get along—despite deep divisions—and succeed at the same time.”
—Ron Arias, author of Moving Target: A Memoir of Pursuit

“For anyone who continues to blink in disbelief that an African American is now president of the United States, Marjorie Rosen provides part of the explanation with her detailed and fascinating look at the transformation of a poor, white, Bible Belt Arkansas town into a thriving, multicultural, multiethnic society. Not to be missed is this lively account of the complex and contradictory forces that permittedWal-Mart, the ultimate ‘bad guy’ corporation, to play a role in prompting radical change and the development of true diversity in a backwater of rural America.”
Judith Adler Hellman, author of The World of Mexican Migrants

“[A] rich and perceptive book with many surprises. Rosen takes the readers on an in-depth tour of the communities that have grown dramatically around the mega-corporations. . . . She has a keen eye for the cultural complexities and unexpected opportunities swirling through these locales; and how the companies that pride themselves on tough personnel policies and pinching pennies cannot always control the costs of rapid population growth and economic change.”
—David A. Zonderman, Professor of History,
North Carolina State University

"In Boom Town, Marjorie Rosen’s inside story of how Wal-Mart has helped bring diversity to its hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas, the author offers a compelling read and a surprising page-turner. What’s more, Boom Town offers up a tantalizing peek into the future and gives us a visceral sense of how the twin engines of immigration and technology are changing not just Bentonville, but small towns across America.”
Barbara Gordon, filmmaker and author of I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can

“In recent years Wal-Mart, like the process of globalization of which it is a part, has taken on almost fabled qualities. In Boom Town, Marjorie Rosen skillfully strips away the hyperbole, both positive and negative, to depict the company’s impact on its all-American turf of Northwest Arkansas. The story she tells of the rapid urbanization of Wal-Mart’s home town of Bentonville gives the reader an up-close, true to life sense of how the ethnic tensions borne of globalization are playing out
on the ground.”
Fred Siegel, Professor of History at The Cooper Union for Science and Art in NY
and author of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life

 

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On "POPCORN VENUS"

Kirkus (Starred review): “A marvelously witty and perceptive book….Rosen consistently startles us into uncomfortable or comic awareness of how female stereotypes were created, groomed, and sold, and what libidinous roles they fulfilled for a gawking public.”

The New York Times: “Indeed, it seems difficult to think of Popcorn Venus as anything less than required reading.”

Best Sellers: “A splendid book…Highly recommended….Well-indexed and thoroughly documented.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “PROVOCATIVE….one of the best books ever written about the movies.”

John Lahr: “Marjorie Rosen’s Popcorn Venus is as jazzy and entertaining as its title. Ms. Rosen slyly tracks down woman in the many delectable packages movies sold her to us. Popcorn Venus is well-written, well-researched, well-argued, and, thank God, fun.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Fascinating…A great, fat book that is fun to read.”


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On "MIA & WOODY: LOVE AND BETRAYAL"
(with Mia’s nanny, Kristi Groteké)

People: “Though clearly one-sided, this intimate portrait of a latter-day Mother Courage and her children is convincing.”

Kirkus Reviews: “The nanny’s-eye view of the Woody Allen-Mia Farrow meltdown…Followers of this most lurid of family feuds will find Groteké a rare source: a spankingly sensible insider whose allegiances don’t seem to circumscribe what she reports.”

Entertainment Weekly: “Kristi Groteké, who wrote Mia & Woody with People writer Marjorie Rosen…makes her own psychological conjectures, and they seem as good as anything obtained at $125 an hour.”

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On "WHAT NIGEL KNEW"
(co-written as Evan Field)

The New York Times: “The book is frothy, wonderfully exaggerated, and charming.”

Houston Chronicle: “The plot and casting are as clever as Ten Little Indians, the writing as witty as Edmund Crispin. This mystery is great fun. Evan Field, whoever you are, give us more!”

After Dark: “It’s a wise and witty show business whodunit that reads like the wind – and if you guess the culprit before the last page, you’re a better man than I, Gunga Din.”

Chattanooga News-Free Press: “Those enamored with the movies will find What Nigel Knew a delightful romp…All in all, this is a satisfying, fast-paced mystery written by two film insiders who recreate in grand style the gossipy world of “People” Magazine and The Ear – love, hate, and who’s sleeping with whom among the so-called beautiful people. Recommended.”

Penthouse:What Nigel Knew is a must-read for film buffs who sometimes wish they could strangle certain mean and arrogant critics. From its clever cover art by Edward Gorey to its funny (but sensible) conclusion, What Nigel Knew is a breezy bit of bitchery that leaves no limb of the film industry unflogged.” - Marilyn Stasio.

Atlanta Constitution: “Black-humored in an amusingly matter-of-fact way. It’s a fun swim through a golden cesspool.”