The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers

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Read The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation Online Free - 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.



Title : The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation
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ISBN : 1101903821
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Reviews


Fabian rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

A MUST FOR (the countless) FANS!!! Was completely taken by surprise by just how well this memoir is put together--also, by how much I truly miss Joan. It is endearing PLUS not too unlike the comedy of her sainted mother, there are chuckles that decorate this apt memorial. Melissa Rivers is one app...


Kelli rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 07, 2016

I can't continue listening to this. I don't care for the narration, the pacing, or author's frequent attempts to be witty. Joan Rivers was a fascinating woman, who really put it all out there. I'm certain that her daughter's life is deeply affected by her mother's absence but I'm just not enjoyin...


Lois R. Gross rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 14, 2015

Perhaps my expectations were too high. I had hoped that this would be an actual tribute to Ms. Rivers by the woman who knew her best, her daughter. Instead, this is a warmed over collection of River's jokes or jokes by Melissa Rivers in a pseudo-Joan delivery. There are few insights into the real...


Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

July 18, 2017

3.5 stars I'm a fan of Joan Rivers and enjoyed her comedy routines, early 90's daytime talk show, and Fashion Police program. I've also seen the documentary "A Piece of Work" and read Joan's book "I Hate Everyone....Starting With Me." In this memoir Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, relates amusin...


Licha rated it ★★★☆☆

June 27, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book. Melisa recounts stories of her mother and growing up with her. What I could have done without was Melissa trying hard to be funny like mom. No one can imitate Joan. Melissa is just not funny, but I certainly did not expect her to be. I just wanted to read about...


Larry rated it ★★★★☆

June 10, 2015

The comedy world lost a real treasure when Joan Rivers died last fall. One of the hardest working women in show business, Rivers was unapologetically her own person, telling it like it is, but rarely with malicious intentions. She often said what everyone was thinking but would never say, and the...


Patrice rated it ★★★☆☆

June 02, 2015

Strange book. I kept asking myself why she wrote it. Worse, I kept asking myself why I was reading it. Joan Rivers grew up in my old neighborhood, although many years before I was born. Still, I recognized her. She was a lot like my aunt, who I loved/hated. What an ego! What hostility. So brash, v...


Marla rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2015

I like Joan Rivers. Sometimes she made me cringe with the stuff that she said, but most of the time she was pretty funny. I really enjoyed listening to this book by her daughter Melissa. It was neat to get a glimpse of Joan's private life and her relationship with Melissa and her grandson. There...


britt_brooke rated it ★★★☆☆

December 26, 2017

“Actually she didn’t have as much work done as people think she had. One a scale from one to Michael Jackson, she was a six.” A more accurate title would be: “The Book of Melissa ... Oh, and Her Mother.” I love Joan Rivers, but I’ve always found Melissa a bit annoying, so expectations were low. Th...


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

May 10, 2015

In this wonderfully delightful book Melissa Rivers, a great storyteller, and comedian in her own right, easily picks up where her mother left off with: "The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation". In 1965 when Joan appeared on the Tonite Show with Johnny Carson, he told her on t...





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