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

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

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9781101903827

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This book is a series of essays about Joan and Melissa. Overall, they are funny and poignant. But oh my lord. Melissa Rivers is not funny. Her supposedly funny metaphors and similes fall flat – flat as a pancake. (See what I did there?) The other thing that made me uncomfortable was Melissa telling us which celebrities Joan personally didn’t like. It doesn’t seem classy and I don’t think Joan would have done that if she were alive. I mean sure she skewered people as part of her act but she never just came out and said, “I don’t like Ben Stiller because he doesn’t have good manners.”Although I inwardly groaned at Melissa’s attempts at humor, I did enjoy learning what Joan Rivers was like a person, mother and grandma. I think Joan Rivers fans would enjoy this book.

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I grew up in Ms River's neighborhood and she has been part of my childhood lore since I can remember. My mother adored her and since I idolized my mother, I did too. We both thought she was funny, sharp and incisive and completed related to her out-there Jewish sense of humor and style. When she was fired from Fox we were upset and when her husband committed suicide we immediately called each other despondent and saddened. Joan Rivers was ours.I began to change my perception of Joan Rivers as we both aged. To me, her humor seemed more mean-spirited, not particularly funny especially about women and though I kept my eye on her I mostly stopped watching her. When she died I was shocked and sad and eagerly grabbed this book to review.On one hand it was wonderful to be reminded of the Joan that I knew when I was small and I enjoyed getting to know the more private Joan, especially as a mother. I appreciated knowing more about her daughter and as a tribute to her mother this book I am sure her Joan would kvell with joy. However, this book is so poorly written and Melissa's attempts to be funny in her own right fall flat. Joan was fresh (in all senses of the word) and funny and while Melissa could convey this when she let her mother speak for herself but when she tries to be funny in her own right it just does not work.Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to review this book for an honest opinion

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