Melissa Rivers remembers mom in memoir

Yep, Joan Rivers is probably chortling somewhere up in the great Comedy Club in the sky.

Melissa Rivers says she wanted to write a book that would have made her mother laugh. And Joan, who died last September at age 81, and her jokes ripple throughout Melissa’s affectionate “memoir,” The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation (Crown Archetype).

Don’t turn to The Book of Joan expecting tears, confessions and regrets. This is a lighthearted, feel-good, often raunchy effort that can read like a compendium ofFashion Police and Joan & Melissa one-liners.

Her opening sentence is about as sentimental as Melissa gets: “I never thought I’d be sitting in a hospital making a decision about turning off a ventilator.”

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