Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me....
Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates....
The definitive audiobook about Joan Rivers' tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life....
Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show....
Funny and poignant personal stories and reflections from former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush....
A social commentary, comedy, memoir, and practical, info-packed journey into beauty treatments including plastic surgery....
In her own voice, Joan Rivers recounts her personal story from the inside out - her anguish, her anger, her insight, her inspiration....
For 10 years, Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side - first as an employee, and then as her closest friend....
In her best selling autobiography, Enter Talking, popular talk show host Joan Rivers told of her...
A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep - the "Iron Lady" of acting....
Lucy and Desi's irresistible chemistry produced one of the greatest television empires of all time, and a love story as passionate as it was explosive....
Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated yet enigmatic modern American superstars....
One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir....
In early 2011, Yolanda Hadid was struck by mysterious symptoms including brain fog, severe exhaustion, migraines, and more....
The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete....
Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show....
This joint biography of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford follows Hollywood's most epic rivalry throughout their careers. They only worked together once....
Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned....
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.
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.
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This was meant to be a humorous homage to Joan Rivers given by her daughter… except it’s not funny.
I felt like I was listening to a 5-hour long stand up routine by someone trying too hard to be funny. I didn’t find it was clever or dead-pan or comical at all, I think it missed the mark completely.
Perhaps if I was a Melissa Rivers FAN (as opposed to just knowing who she is) I might have seen glimpses of her personality in the prose and might have chuckled once or twice; sadly as it was, I think it was a flop.
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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?
Any additional comments?
Hopefully something better about Joan Rivers will come out soon.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I was expecting a more heartfelt memoir. With all due respect to Melissa Rivers, she is not a comedian. I felt like many of the jokes were unnecessary and forced, in attempt to be "funny" like her mother. (I didn't mind her relaying Joan's jokes. It's when the book veers off into Melissa's "stand-up routine" that I felt it was questionable. Joan's deftness and wit in delivering a joke was unparalleled.) I was hoping for more insight into the life and career of a comedy icon from a true insider. However, there is nothing new or really interesting here. The book may have been rushed to capitalize on her recent death and, frankly, it shows. I would have readily waited a year or two to pass for a more sincere, introspective and comprehensive memoir about a true comedy legend.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
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Would you try another book from Melissa Rivers and/or Melissa Rivers?
No--I was interested in hearing about Melissa's mom from her perspective of daughter and coworker, but in her attempts to make it funny she lost me.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I learned a bit about Joan's life but not as much as I would have liked.
Which character – as performed by Melissa Rivers – was your favorite?
I did enjoy Melissa telling some of her mom's comedy bits. She did a good job reading the book as well.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Some authors reading their own book greatly enhance the experience (Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Hart.) Melissa greatly detracts. I found it extremely difficult to listen to her stumbling through the reading. I couldn't muster on and had to change to a different book. It may be unfair to review a book I haven't completed, but I felt the need to warn you, Dear Listener. I feel like sometimes everyone on Audible gives a 4/5 star rating without being honest...
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!!
P.S. How was my grammar?? LOL
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.
The audiobook is amazing! I enjoy all the time. The development of the book is great and the end is very educated!
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.
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
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