Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers
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Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers

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The definitive book about Joan Rivers' tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life.

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers' career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.

A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever-a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved-LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY delves into the inner workings of a woman who both reflected and redefined the world around her.

Title:Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0316261300
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Jan 04, 2017

    I love celebrity biographies and memoirs, and I've always been curious about Joan Rivers, so I was eager to read this. I should have skipped it, to be honest. Unfortunately, Last Girl Before Freeway: ...

  • lp
    Aug 25, 2016

    I went into this book not sure if I liked or disliked Joan Rivers. I wish I had mapped out my emotions page-by-page—it seems they were changing drastically every few paragraphs. But after reading th...

  • Helen
    Nov 29, 2016

    The majority of the book was just the author quoting Joan's previous books....

  • jendlo
    Nov 25, 2016

    Summary: Joan Rivers was insecure, unhappy, angry, and mean — except to "the little people". She envied physical beauty, and shunned the ordinary. Life is but "THE DREAM".I just saved you the 400-pa...

  • Kathryn
    Mar 11, 2017

    For all the controversy Joan created for herself, especially in her last years, she never seemed to get her due as a pioneer. A comedienne with early roots, first woman to host a late night show, made...

  • Mary
    Nov 19, 2016

    Good biographyThis is a good all-around look at Joan Rivers. Over the decades I caught her on TV and read interviews. I squirmed when I heard some of her jokes--they seemed like self loathing. But I s...

  • Erin
    Nov 22, 2016

    Really enjoyed this bio of Joan Rivers. What a ground-breaking, glass-ceiling smashing force of nature....

  • Christine Cody
    Feb 10, 2017

    This fascinating biography covers every facet and aspect of Joan Rivers' life, career, and often-controversial comedy. In the last several years of her life, at times her comedy made me gasp because s...

  • Karen
    Mar 16, 2017

    As a teenager, I would occasionally stay up late enough to see Joan Rivers host the Johnny Carson Show. What a rule-breaker, a woman hosting a late night comedy show; and what teenage girl in the 1970...

  • Erin
    Jan 04, 2017

    Obligatory disclaimer: I obtained an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review.Joan Rivers tends to be a polarizing personality, sometimes even creating both love and hate in the same onlo...