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Melissa Rivers Writing Book about Mom Joan

“I wanted to write a book that would make my mother laugh. I hope it makes you laugh, too.” And VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards - Show

Melissa Rivers is writing a book about her mother, the late great comic Joan Rivers who was stolen from us way to soon last year by incompetent doctors.

“The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation” will be published by Crown Archetype on May 5.

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It has been almost six months since Joan Rivers passed away and the shock of it has yet to pass. The octogenarian was still so full of life and being as provocative as ever. Her fans were stunned at news of her death.

Most celebrities in their 80s have long since retired and left the limelight. When they pass it is usually after news surfaced of some sort of illness and/or most people have forgotten that they were still alive.

Hopefully Melissa Rivers’ book will help her mother’s fans finally find closure.

“In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine. Not only are there less side effects than Prozac but it’s a lot cheaper than therapy, ” Melissa said of the book. “I wanted to write a book that would make my mother laugh. I hope it makes you laugh, too.”

Here is just one example. On recalling how Joan taught her math, Melissa said that her mother once told her, “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.”

Trish Boczkowski, V.P. editorial director of Crown Archetype said of “The Book of Joan, ” Joan was beloved the world over for her fearlessness and one-of-a-kind sense of humor. But no one was closer to her than her daughter and partner-in-crime. We’re honored to be publishing Melissa’s loving and hilarious tribute to her mother — a book only she could write. This is Joan as you’ve never seen her before.”



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