Melissa Rivers To Write A Book About Her Mom

Melissa Rivers, the only child of late comedian Joan Rivers, will write about their relationship in a book to be published later this year, her publisher said on Wednesday.

In “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation,” Rivers, 47, will share observations, personal stories and thoughts about her mother, who died following complications during a medical procedure last year at the age of 81. The book is scheduled to be released on May 5 in the United States and Canada.

“Joan was beloved the world over for her fearlessness and one-of-a-kind sense of humor. But no one was closer to her than her daughter and partner-in-crime,” Trish Boczkowski, vice president and editorial director of Crown Archetype, said.

Rivers said she wanted to write a book that would make her mother laugh. “In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine. Not only are there less side effects than Prozac, but it’s a lot cheaper than therapy.”

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A New Look For The New York Times Bestseller Lists


The New York Times Book Review announced a redesign to its bestsellers lists that will see the introduction of 12 new monthly charts.

The new lists include Travel, Humor, Family, Relationships, and Animals. In addition, on a rotating basis, the Book Review will also publish in print lists that were previously online exclusives. A newly designed print page will highlight four niche lists, also on a weekly rotating basis, from among the following categories: Humor; Travel; Relationships; Business; Family; Celebrities; Science; Animals; Sports; Religion, Spirituality and Faith. The new layout will increase space for print editorial content including reviews, essays and features.

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Letterman Book Nominated For Humor Prize


Late Show host David Letterman is among the finalists for the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor. His satirical picture book, This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me), written with Bruce McCall, is one of three titles up for the prize.

The other finalists are Liza Donnelly for Women on Men, and John Kenney for Truth in Advertising. The finalists were selected by the judges: humorist Henry Alford, novelist Meg Wolitzer, and novelist and critic John Searles.

The winner of the prize, named in honor of humorist James Thurber, will be presented in New York City on September 30.

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Comedy Show Nov 30 and Dec 1

A selection of humorous books to see you through the inevitable stress and strain of the holidays.


 “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” by Billy Crystal
“What’s So Funny: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway with Jane Scovell
“I Remember Me” by Carl Reiner
Rob Delaney: Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage” by Rob Delaney
Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self Confidence” by Ross Matthews
“How I Slept My Way to the Middle- Secrets, Stories from Stage, Screen and Interwebs” by Kevin Pollack
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells” by Sebastien Faulks
Tim Conway, Comedian and Author