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

book joanI enjoyed reading Melissa Rivers’ good writing. She has a witty sense of humor, herself. Of course, the book is her tribute to her recently deceased comedienne mother, Joan Rivers.

Theirs was a truly loving relationship, which comes across clearly, despite Joan’s very biting and in-your-face style of humor. She draws an honest picture of her mother, not lionizing her at all….but accurately detailing how she did pave the way for women comediennes in our country.

One of the last chapters includes the entire Commencement Address Joan gave to the University of Pennsylvania the day her daughter graduated there. It showed both the comedic and the very serious and values-oriented sides of Joan Rivers, and I was favorably impressed.

I liked the book.

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