Lies My Mother Told Me
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Lies My Mother Told Me

Melissa Rivers is a celebrated, award-winning television personality and producer, as well as a New York Times bestselling author.

Melissa Rivers, "Lies My Mother Told Me: Tall Tales from a Short Woman"
Melissa Rivers, "Lies My Mother Told Me: Tall Tales from a Short Woman"

If you loved the comedic genius of Joan Rivers with her outrageous sense of humor, then you will love Melissa Rivers’ new book, “Lies My Mother Told Me,” written in her mother’s voice. As you may know, Joan Rivers was known for her controversial comments on all topics, especially to other celebrities and politicians. You would never know what she would say next. Nothing is held back in this book as Melissa Rivers embellishes each chapter, blending her mother’s amazing wit with her own.

She tackles many subjects ranging from the first Thanksgiving, Walt Disney, the birds and the bees, the Last Supper, Anne Frank, a trip to Israel, King Tut, the Garden of Eden, the royal-ish wedding and many other topics, answering questions as if her mother was speaking to her.

If you are seeking the truth to any of the topics in this book, a boring history book would be a better source of information. However, the shockingly funny lies told in this book are far more entertaining. I especially liked the advice Rivers’ mom gave her daughter regarding marriage and men.

One word of caution: these are not stories you should read to your children. The subject matter is very mature in nature and, if you remember Joan Rivers’ sense of humor, you will see why as you read this book. The last thing you want is your child reciting back these lies to their teachers, spiritual leaders and other children unless you want to spend time in the principal’s office explaining the source of information.

From page one of the first chapter to the final page of the last chapter, I had a smile on my face the entire time. The book was hilarious and was hard to put down once I started reading it. In fact, if you could close your eyes while reading this book, you could clearly envision Joan Rivers answering all her daughter’s questions posed in the book in the style only Joan could convey. You could feel her spirit on every page. I am glad to see that Melissa Rivers inherited her mother’s sense of humor along with her own distinctive style.

Melissa Rivers, Lies My Mother Told Me: Tall Tales from a Short Woman
Saturday. November 5, 2022 at 8:00 PM at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
(In Person)

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