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8.26.2015

The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers | Book Review

Melissa Rivers writes about her childhood in Hollywood, being raised in a surprisingly normal atmosphere, and anecdotes of her late mother, Joan Rivers.  Melissa was born in 1968, and her mom was already pretty popular by the time she came along.  Short of what I read in The Book of Joan (affiliate) and a little bit of internet research I did after, I don't know much about Joan or Melissa Rivers.  I never watched their TV show(s), never read any of the other books Joan had written, and paid little attention to the duo if / when they were in the news.

This book is made up of short essays written by Melissa, and together they paint a pretty good picture of how I imagine life with Joan Rivers would be like.  Melissa openly admits that she is still "finding her voice" after losing her mom and at many times, her comedic partner.  There were some stories the I felt were reaching a little too far, or she was trying too hard for the punchline.  I think a lot of that has to do with reading a comedy book - I've noticed it before when reading parts of other comics' books and then hearing it in their show.

A lighthearted and quick read, there are a lot of quotes contained in the 281 pages that are just begging to be made into GIFs.  I'm not that talented, but I thought I'd share a couple of my favorites.
"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, unless you're planning on being an accountant." - Joan to a young Melissa on the importance of math.
"When the music stops. You'll find it's an "us versus them" world, and your only true ally will be your spouse." -Joan Rivers [Tweet This].  This was part of her Ivy Day speech at Melissa's college graduation.
If you enjoyed Joan Rivers on Fashion Police, or if you like filthy language and (sometimes) dirty jokes, The Book of Joan is a must-read.  As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I had little knowledge of Joan Rivers' career.


I've decided to try something new here!  I'm giving away my copy of The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers!  The giveaway will last for a week, and I will announce the winner next week when I review Summer of Fire.  Also: bear with me as this is the first time I've used Rafflecopter or had a giveaway!


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