The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers
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.
Joan Rivers was an icon, a hilarious hard-working force of a woman. Like all the others who so dearly admired Joan, I took her death rather hard because she was unstoppable and such a strong soul. This book was the perfect real for all those who consider themselves a fan of the legend.
Melissa’s memoir about her relationship with her mother is heart warming, movingly sad and of course hysterical in a way that would make her mother very proud. The book provides insight into a world that Joan rarely shared with the public, her private life – from her childhood to her family life.
I cannot imagine how difficult it was for Melissa to write this, but as a fan of her I am forever grateful that she gave us this last gift. Thank you Melissa! 5 out of 5 stars.
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