January 27, 2003 12:00 PM

by Tom Arnold

Spending more than 20 minutes listening to Tom Arnold could give anyone a headache. Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder as a kid, even he admits he can be obnoxious. Yet he’s also perfectly charming in his hilarious and oddly insightful autobiography. Raised by an alcoholic mother who married seven times, Arnold had many substance abuse and relationship problems of his own. The worst of them coincided with his five-year marriage to Roseanne, who hired him as a writer for her show before the two hooked up. While his shots at his ex are priceless albeit juvenile (“She had ‘Property of Tom Arnold’ [tattooed] on her butt, which, of course, made me the fourth largest property owner in California”), he waxes wise when reflecting on his failures, making this a celeb tell-all with some heft. “It’s easy to enjoy each other while on a vacation in Maui,” writes Arnold, who married third wife Shelby Roos in 2001. “The key is to find someone you can have fun with during the six-hour flight over there.” (St. Martin’s, $24.95)

BOTTOM LINE: Full plate

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