Diary of a Mad Diva

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Anais Nin, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world’s most famous diaries. And where are they today? Dead. But the world’s OTHER great diarist, Joan Rivers, is alive and kicking. And complaining.

In the extraordinary tradition of The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor and George Orwell’s Diaries, comes an intimate and enriching glimpse into the mind of the most illuminating woman-of-letters of her generation—the provocative ...

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Overview

Anais Nin, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world’s most famous diaries. And where are they today? Dead. But the world’s OTHER great diarist, Joan Rivers, is alive and kicking. And complaining.

In the extraordinary tradition of The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor and George Orwell’s Diaries, comes an intimate and enriching glimpse into the mind of the most illuminating woman-of-letters of her generation—the provocative exploration of an age in which she has lived on and on and on and on.

Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say.

About everything. And everyone, God help them.

The result? A no-holds-barred, delightfully vicious and always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her relentlessly funny signature style.

This is the Diary of a Mad Diva. For the first time in a century, a diary by someone that’s actually both worth reading and worth suing.

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Giving Joan Rivers a diary seems like a very risky dare. Her daughter Melissa's Christmas gift offered her octogenarian the ultimate invitation: be even more completely uncensored than usual. The veteran comic mom responded to the challenge with predictable aplomb, practically searing the pages with scathing comments about cohorts, celebrities, family, and, not least, herself. Hilarious; definitely more funny than botox.

Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-05
A Dear Diary–style recounting of the author’s day-to-day professional and personal life.Rivers’ (I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me, 2013, etc.) merciless, yearlong skewering of the universe begins Jan. 1 and proceeds through the year. Sparing no one, including herself, the author employs her typically ribald take on the numerous individuals, groups or topics encountered while the author travels from her home in New York to gigs around the country and vacations in Mexico or the Hamptons. A sampling of the real or imagined scenarios Rivers recounts in her trademark style include: Anne Frank’s diary-keeping skills; Barbara Streisand’s looks; dating services; Paula Deen and the N-word; her ideas for new TV shows; Kirstie Alley’s weight (“Today is National Pig Day and I completely forgot to call [her]! I’ll send her a note. Or a bucket of slop. She’s not that fussy”); J. Edgar Hoover’s fashion choices (“J. Edgar Hoover and I were very close. In fact, we were the same size. I used to lend him my clothes for special occasions. He looked especially fetching in a simple summer shift with matching cloche and open-toed-shoes”). Rivers also includes numerous photos showing her swigging from a bottle of vodka with cigarette and prescription pill bottle in hand; holding up a “will work for food sign”; dressed as a parody ofthe twerking Miley Cyrus; and decorating a Christmas tree with an Orthodox Jewish friend. It’s all grand fun for the author, but after a while, the daily entries read like snippets of a stand-up routine.For a live audience, Rivers may astound with her stories and blue language, but when continually lobbed on the page, the shtick grows predictable and stale.Readers who never tire of Rivers and her distinctive take on the world will lap up the newest entree from the octogenarian comedian. Others will want to take a pass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425269022
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 24,802
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Rivers

Comedienne, Emmy Award–winning TV host, Tony-nominated actress and CEO, Joan Rivers is an icon of American culture. She is a bestselling author, Celebrity Apprentice winner, writer, producer, director, and savvy businesswoman who has overcome great odds to reinvent herself time and time again. Joan hosts E! Network’s popular series Fashion Police, and stars with her daughter, Melissa, in their own weekly reality show, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WEtv Network. Her critically acclaimed documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work premiered in theaters nationwide and is available on DVD. Rivers also performs her trademark stand-up comedy act in front of sold-out audiences in the U.S. and abroad. Amongst all of her success, Joan’s most joyous triumph is being a mother and grandmother. She resides in New York, Los Angeles, and fine jewelry stores all across the country..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Diary of a Mad Diva is everything I hoped for. I love Joan River

    Diary of a Mad Diva is everything I hoped for. I love Joan Rivers' approach to comedy on TV, and it is just as fresh and funny in book form. I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud while reading Diary. It is a phenomenal book with comic brilliance bursting from every page.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Ew

    Not worth one star just have to warn you.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Poor book

    Absolute waste of money. Once excellent comedian who is stretching to be funny and has turned cruel with her attempt at humor. Has some funny entries, but overall is disusting.
    DH

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

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    Joan Rivers tells it like it is. You don't get much more enterta

    Joan Rivers tells it like it is. You don't get much more entertaining than this.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    When you have to add a page at the halfway point of your book em

    When you have to add a page at the halfway point of your book emphasizing that the book is a "humor book," 
    that tells it all. Her "humor" is a collection of ugly insults, attempts to shock, and filthy language. The book starts out with
    a good number of Holocaust and Anne Frank jokes and goes downhill from there.  I remember her stand up from years ago, but that was
    apparently back when TV censors were more restrictive. This woman is simply not funny. I'm glad I borrowed this from the library. Don't waste your money. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Ger

    Gyh

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Disappointing

    I read this for book club and was very disappointed. I didn't think it was all that funny, but maybe because I'm not in to "mean humor".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

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    Joan! Joan! Joan! I have loved this lady since her days on the T

    Joan! Joan! Joan! I have loved this lady since her days on the Tonight Show. I love her more now that I have read this book. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    We all get old

    You know those of you who dismiss her for being old. I sure hope you never get old and loose your timing or your beauty. The thing about getting older is you become more accepting of people and see them for what they are. This knowledge comes slowly and is a wonderful gift. It does no good to be mean. But for some people that is all they know. You know who you are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    I found a great deal of her material extremely offensive. At fir

    I found a great deal of her material extremely offensive. At first it was funny but then I found it boring. Doubt if I will finish it. A big waste of money.
    BR

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    a disappointment.

    She isn't as funny in the book as she is on stage.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    If You Like Joan Rivers, You Will Like This Book

    It is classic Joan Rivers. She is brash, insulting, banal and simply hilarious. You just have to enter the book with all of your morals tossed to the side and just enjoy the humor. I took the book with me on a trip to visit my grandmother dying of cancer. Honestly, it was just the escape I needed when I was back in my room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Treystar

    "She can't just let flame rp her kit, then change her mind because flame rpes somewhere else." He mutters angrily.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    SoftShine

    Nodded. "I understand, but we can do nothing about it."

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Getting old

    Alot of her comedy was funny 20 years ago but its same jokes diffrent settings

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    TOTAL AGREEMENT W/POOR BOOK 7/09/14

    At one time I thought she was"the cat's meow"Absolutely hilarious.It has nothing to do with the laungage-I mean come on, everyone who purchased this book should know that"VULGER"afterall is her middle name!!Joan just doesn't seem to have that natural"flow"anymore,I guess it's called timeing.She seems like she really has to reach for that punch line.To me she was like the female version of Don Rickles which at one time I thought was hilarious also.I just can't seem to put my finger on it.Who knows,maybe it just isn't age apropperiate which,sorry Joan,would make you a washed up old hag.Getting some of your on medicine!!Now could someone get her off the stage please!!!?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Dr. X

    Now I know why her husband killed himself.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Moi

    It was lame and no kidding it was divalicious not worth reading and in the description it called the book the best diry. Talk about a fakeout!!! Dont waste your money on this chic.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

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