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Jokes My Father Never Taught Me by Rain Pryor
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Apr 27, 09

bookshelves: memoirs
Read in April, 2009

This book is heartbreaking on a lot of levels. It's also very fascinating. The way Rain Pryor grew up among fame, drugs, prostitutes, celebrities, and hangers-on is really interesting. I love reading memoirs and books about the 1970's, and this fit the bill. Richard Pryor was a complex person, and as much as he hurt people, he also had his moments of sweetness. The bond between Rain and her dad at the end of his life was really touching. I met Rain and her daughter at a conference last fall, and she was quite great. This isn't a complex book and didn't go as deep as I would have liked it to, but it was engaging and totally interesting.
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