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


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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

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

  • jendlo
    Nov 28, 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Niki Wilson
    Nov 16, 2016

    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...

  • 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: ...

  • Alecia
    Dec 22, 2016

    I did enjoy reading this book, even though I found Joan Rivers to be increasingly mean-spirited and rather unfunny, especially as she grew older. When I occasionally caught her on The Fashion Police i...

  • Susan Coster
    Dec 14, 2016

    Yes, I am totally FINISHED with this book about half-way through it. Where did the author get her facts? I am sure it is purely suggest that Joan slept with Johnny Carson is slanderous. T...

  • Vicki
    Jan 02, 2017

    Joan Rivers was a contradiction. Incredibly generous and kind, but unapologetically crass and arguably cruel in her act. (Think Elizabeth Taylor and Fashion Police.) While I didn't experience the sadn...

  • Naomi Krokowski
    Nov 23, 2016

    Whatever your opinion of Joan Rivers, mine is that this well-researched, balanced book gives you plenty of chances to respect the groundbreaking career even if you don't love Rivers as a person. She w...

  • Kimber
    Dec 06, 2016

    I won this biography in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to the publisher, Little Brown, and to the author, Leslie Bennetts.I generally enjoy biographies and memoirs. It's a bonus if pictures I've neve...