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

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

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
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  • 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: ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Given her place in history, there are very few books about Joan written by anyone other than Joan: she alone, seemed to control her narrative. One of the few outliers is the heartwarming book by daugh...

  • Terrific prologue that doubles as a short thesis on how Joan Rivers's personal setbacks shaped her career trajectory. So terrific that I decided to stop there....

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • I love Joan so much. And it's startling and sad, the juxtaposition of this richly detailed story of her life with how I experienced her work throughout my life. I wasn't even born yet in her heyday. T...

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