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The Book of Joan Audiobook

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Melissa Rivers (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    OttawaShopper11 05-08-15
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    "Love Joan and Melissa but the book misses the mark"
    What did you like best about The Book of Joan? What did you like least?

    Joan's Ivy Day address was fantastic and still timely. Use your manners, take your punches and learn from adversity. Similarly, I enjoyed the stories that involved people Joan didn't particularly like or people who disrespected her. There were things to be learned from those situations. Unfortunately, the revealing or truly interesting stories were few and far between.


    What aspect of Melissa Rivers’s performance would you have changed?

    The book needed one or two more rewrites to feel professional and smooth. Linking phrases were repeated again and again. The material itself was thin and needed considerable fleshing out. The ghost writer and editor really did not do their job well.


    Any additional comments?

    I read / listen to a lot of biographical books. This one is weaker than many but far from the worse. I still got a sense of Joan but I was disappointed by the lack of depth. I felt the book had the opportunity to be so much more. It's a good first or second draft but needs more polish to be great.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 05-07-15
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 05-07-15
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    "fabulous! "

    Melissa Rivers has given us, (the Joan Rangers), a great treat, by writing this book.
    She held my attention captively, with her clever writing, and refreshing tales of her Mom. Though the focus was her Mom, the "take home" message I received from this was the real gift. What a tribute to a Mom, to have her equally talented and entertaining daughter respectfully remember her through love and laughter. I can't imagine a better way to go.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis OAKLAND, CA, United States 07-12-15
    Alexis OAKLAND, CA, United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Could have been lot better"
    What disappointed you about The Book of Joan?

    The whole thing was just a joke, but not a funny joke, there was no attempt to do anything authentic


    Would you ever listen to anything by Melissa Rivers again?

    I didn't expect much from this, but it seems a bit heartless, i was hoping for more of a tribute or memorial for Joan, not a bunch of non-funny "bits" which is what the whole thing was


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was ok, but it lacked variety in the delivery


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    def disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully something better about Joan Rivers will come out soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Rymel Sacramento, CA USA 05-08-15
    Tim Rymel Sacramento, CA USA 05-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I miss Joan Rivers"

    Great stories. Lots of laughs. I can almost hear Joan Rivers herself in the jokes. She is an icon and she will be missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lana 07-26-16
    Lana 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely!"

    So sweet to hear more about Joan, from a different perspective. You will laugh, you will tear up, and, most importantly, you will smile. An awesome tribute to an awesome lady.

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    Chris 06-20-16
    Chris 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart-warming"

    Both heart-warming and funny, this title is such a great listen. Melissa delivered an outstanding performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M Gomez 05-21-16
    M Gomez 05-21-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Touching and sweet."
    What made the experience of listening to The Book of Joan the most enjoyable?

    Melissas's voice and how she spoke about her relationship with her mother from an honest place.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of Joan?

    The time when Melissa jokes about signing this book deal at her mother's funeral.


    Have you listened to any of Melissa Rivers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No never, she is pretty good. I enjoy her tone and timing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zandra 03-04-16
    Zandra 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you Melissa !!!"

    I just finished listening to Melissa's stories of Joan- from growing up to their work on the red carpet and E!
    While Joan herself is so sorely missed in this world, and irreplaceable, we are all so fortunate to have her only daughter here to continue her legacy and to continue sharing Joan stories!
    Melissa, you did amazing work putting this book together. I loved it! Thank you for being so equally generous with your story as well as your mother's.
    Thank you Melissa!!
    -Zandra Badillo
    P.S. How was my grammar?? LOL

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Rooney 02-25-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    This book was chosen for our book club and what a great choice it was. I really liked how it was written in vignette form and Melissa delivered her message perfectly. I'd recommend this book to everyone.

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    valentina 01-06-16
    valentina 01-06-16
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    "Love it"

    The audiobook is amazing! I enjoy all the time. The development of the book is great and the end is very educated!

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  • harry elstone
    8/22/16
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    "Funny, hilarious, devastating"
    If you could sum up The Book of Joan in three words, what would they be?

    Wow Melissa really knows how to tell a story and being to life, some people just read the words from the page but I really felt like I could sit with a cup of tea and for Melissa to be just sat in front of me telling me these stories


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Honestly I laughed I cried. I loved this book so much. I listened to it straight after I'd finished it


    Any additional comments?

    Well done Melissa, can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suhair
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    "Boring"

    Im sorry to be writing that this book was boring but it so was. this is not a reflection of Joan Rivers whom i happen to be a great fan of (which is why i bought the book in the first place) but Melissa!!????.....lets just say there was this moment where she was describing something so mundane in so much minute detail that i can literally remember what i was doing that that moment and what i wanted to do when it got too much.... i was in my car and i literally yanked my headphones and cried "get on with it!!.."....Melissa knows that Joan was the one with the charisma and sadly it died with her. RIP Joan

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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