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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kris Marley Patrick
    Jan 08, 2017

    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....

  • Helen
    Nov 29, 2016

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

  • 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....

  • Kristin
    May 09, 2017

    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...