Disclosure: I received a review copy of The Book of Joan. All opinions are my own.
I have always liked Joan Rivers and her unquestionable verve and ultimate lack of political correctness. I could always count on her to make me laugh out loud.
It wasn't until I saw her documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, that came to truly respect the dynamo that she was. Her work ethic was amazing, and I'm in awe of how she managed to survive so many trials and tribulations in life, picking herself up each and every time, dusting off the debris of disaster, and getting back to her job: pointing out the laughable absurdities of life.
The Book of Joan, written by Joan's daughter and best friend, Melissa, once again reminded me of everything that made this American icon so great. She managed to raise a wonderful daughter, on her own, after the suicide of her husband. This is Melissa's touching and funny take on perhaps one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships ever.
It's a fast and funny read. I loved hearing Melissa's stories of life with mom, but I especially appreciated the poignant life lessons that Joan shared along the road of their journey as mother and daughter.
"In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine. I wanted to write a book that would make my mother laugh. I hope it makes you laugh, too." - Melissa Rivers
There are several laugh out loud moments in this warm book with it's friendly tone. It was a good reminder to me that laughter truly does bring family together. Check out The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers, available online and at your local bookstore or library.