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Thursday, May 19, 2016

I recently read The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers about her late mother, Joan Rivers.  I grew up watching Joan Rivers on the Red Carpet interviewing, joking with and criticizing celebrities. Her sharp wit, dry humor and brutal honesty were a refreshing change.  Melissa did a beautiful job
of weaving the book full of her mother's works, sharing personal stories and providing a glimpse into the women behind the showbiz.  By the end of the book I felt I knew Joan more on a personal level.  Her personality on TV was clearly a large part of who she was as a wife, mother and friend but there was so much more.  She was extremely hardworking and dedicated to her craft. Working tirelessly on multiple ventures from coast to coast each week, even at 80.  She valued manners and grammar and always putting your best self forward; she always dressed up and felt like people who wore sweatpants had given up on life.  She cared deeply about success, money, and most importantly family (success and money were a close second).

I enjoyed reading Melissa's take on her mother.  Her view of Joan as a mother, a comedian and a business women.  Her upbringing was anything but ordinary and yet, Melissa shares story after story about how Joan really tried to instill traditional values in their home.  They clearly had an impenetrable bond both on screen and off.  The book was a sweet tribute to her late mother.



I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post.

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