This month I've read, The Book of Joan, written by Melissa Rivers in honor of her mother's memory. I liked Joan Rivers in her early days and really enjoy watching reruns of her old talk show on JLTV. I wanted to 'find' that Joan Rivers once more in the pages of her daughter's book...
Melissa's book is not so much a memory of her mother as a compilation of Joan's one liners and a plethora of her own. The humor in it is harsh at times and the language is sometimes questionable. What I found was that Melissa's 'voice' is much the same as Joan in the latter years. I find it difficult to believe that some of the supposed conversations took place at the young ages Melissa suggests they might have.
If you are looking for sweet memories of a loving mom, or a history of Joan's early years, then look elsewhere. The book becomes an unrelenting and never ending 'routine' and isn't really anything more than overly long script for a final appearance.
This book provided for review by Blogging for Books