The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan

Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation

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Joan Rivers was known all over the world--from the Palace Theater to Buckingham Palace, from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the footlights of Broadway, from the days of talkies to hosting talk shows. But there was only one person who knew Joan intimately, one person who the authorities would call when she got a little out of hand.; Her daughter and best friend, Melissa.
Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time.; If you think Joan said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian, you won't believe what she said and did in private. Her love for her daughter knew no bounds--or boundaries, apparently. ("Melissa, I acknowledge that you have boundaries. I just choose to not respect them.") In; The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa shares stories (like when she was nine months old and her parents delivered her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift), bon mots ("Missy, is there anything better than seeing a really good looking couple pushing a baby that looks like a Sasquatch who got caught in a house fire?"), and life lessons from growing up in the Rosenberg-Rivers household ("I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show. That's all the math you'll ever need."). These were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to life in the family that Melissa describes as more Addams than Cleaver. And at the center of it all was a tiny blond force of nature.
In The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation, Melissa Rivers relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101903827
Branch Call Number: 792. 7028 RIV R
Characteristics: 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm


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Aug 16, 2016

Melissa is not as funny as Joan. It was OK but I question her reason for making this book. She doesn't need to get more money or try to stay in show business.

Nov 18, 2015

Clever and funny, almost as if Joan wrote it herself.

Nov 02, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. Melissa did a great job and I could hear Joan's voice in the background the entire time I was reading it, saying all the things Melissa has written.

Aug 23, 2015

Melissa did a great job, producing a funny, sassy, loving portrait of her mother and their life together. In the vernacular, I should be so lucky my daughter would write such a book about me!

JMFlaherty Jun 06, 2015

A wonderful book with the flavor of Joan on every page. She was a New York City icon and I miss her every day. When any major news story splashes thru the media I think of Joan Rivers and wonder what her comments would be. I never had the pleasure of running into her on the streets of NYC but people I know have and they all had funny stories about the encounters. Joan had a morning talk show briefly, and she served the audience fresh hot coffee and warm chocolate chip cookies before the show. Who does that?! God bless her.

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