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Diary of a Mad Diva

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,345 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again.

When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, beg
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Berkley
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Who knows when (or if) I'll ever get around to reading this one, but the dedication alone is worth adding it to the list ; )

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SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
Not one laugh-out-loud moment,I guess I am not the right audience for this book. Tired jokes and I found most of the humor to be just mean spirited. Not for me.
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rc-16
"Dear Diary:
This diary is my Christmas gift from Melissa
[her daughter] and Cooper [her grandson] and I'm more disappointed than I was on my wedding night when I found that Edgar [her 2nd husband] was half Chinese---and not the good half"

Joan Rivers...esa comediante reina del stand up, pionera en preguntar quien vestía a los asistentes de una alfombra roja, increiblemente graciosa e irreverente, y que si hubiera aparecido por primera vez en la actualidad no habría tenido éxito o habría sido mayo
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okay, I seriously tried to make it to the 50 page rule but I just can't take it anymore. This is the worst book I have ever tried to read. Vulgar profanity, brutal character defamation, disrespectful statements and sexual innuendos are not and never have been funny. I don't recommend this book to anyone. It is the biggest waste of money I have ever spent on a book.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of wicked humour
Recommended to Mark by: Mrs Rivers herself through her stand up and fashion police.
This book was originally meant for my wife as a Valentines present, however it arrived way to late for that particular day so she ended up with the latest cd from Paulo Nuttini which she has been playing a lot recently.

SO lets return to Mrs Rivers diary of 2014, it description on the duskjacket says the following:

Anais Nin, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world's most famous diaries. And where are they today? DEAD. But the world's other great diarist, Joan Rivers is alive and kicking. And
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a lot of fun reading Joan Rivers' "Diary Of A Mad Diva," because I like Joan Rivers and her humour. Her comedy has always been irreverent, and this book clearly represents her brand. Nothing and no one is spared, even Anne Frank and Heller Keller. Yes, I know making fun of those two can be really bad taste, but sometimes we just need to laugh at everything and not take things too seriously. In all fairness, she would be the first one to laugh at herself and poke at her worst traits: her nu ...more
Margie Aronowitz
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Extremely funny book!!! Joan at her best. I love that she is not politically correct. She has no sacred cows she talks about everything and anything in this great book. The style is a daily dairy of how she may or may not recall the day. I highly recommend this comedy book to all who have a good sense of humor. If you are easily offended then this is not a book for you. My thought is I don't have to laugh at every joke but I like to laugh at most of her jokes.
Remember Joan is 80 now she will pr
Carole P. Roman
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the book a few weeks ago and was entertained for the night. While some of the humor pressed uncomfortable boundaries, I would push past the things I didn't find particularly funny until I found a "day" in her life that made me smile at her keen observations. Isn't life like that, though? Our years are filled with all different things, like a smorgasbord that we can pick and choose, and return to savor. I really liked Joan Rivers. Reading her book, was like a window into her fast paced wor ...more
Brooke Everett
Aug 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
It's so, so, so rare that I don't finish a book. I made it to page 144 before I threw in the towel, and it took me 2 weeks to trudge through that much. Sorry, Joan, I usually love you and I think you're hilarious every time you're on Howard Stern, but I just didn't find this that funny. And I thought that I hated most things. I know it's all supposed to be a joke but sheesh.

The only part that made me laugh out loud was the dedication:

"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and s
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't buy this book. Don't even borrow this book from the library. Don't even read this review. I bought this when Joan Rivers passed away. I really loved her and still think she is a comedic pioneer. But, damn, this book is racist, sexist, homophobic, mean, classist, hateful. . . . That's not even the worst and that's pretty bad. It's NOT funny. I can forgive almost anything said if it's truly funny but the jokes here were not. I long ago decided that I would not buy anymore books by celebritie ...more
Heidi The Reader
Aug 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor, non-fiction
I saw the documentary, A Piece of Work, about Joan Rivers and I really enjoyed it, so decided to give her last book a chance. This format doesn't showcase her talent for balancing the crudity of her humor with her heart. Without audience feedback, her jokes just keep pushing the edge of the acceptable until it moves beyond funny into ridiculously offensive. It's disappointing because she was a performer with enormous talent and the reader really doesn't get the full measure of that in this book. ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I opened this book up to the acknowledgements last night and was literally laughing out loud ..
I then read the first diary entry and was almost peeing my pants ..
It's so funny..
I couldn't stop thinking "I can't believe she's saying this"!

Anyways plan on reading once I'm done the walking dead novels !

Who doesn't love to laugh?!
Anyways I'll write another review once I've finished it .. But in my opinion it already gets 5 stars !!
Sheila DeChantal
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I chose to listen to this audio because honestly, I know little of Joan Rivers. With her recent passing, and seeing her books on audible, I thought I should give her a try. Let me just say that Joan’s book is not for the faint at heart, easily offended, sensitivity to offensive language and lewd acts….

I will just say that while at moments she was funny, for the most part she was crude, and cruel and while I wanted to give this one a try, I will not become a fan of her work. The audio reminded me
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am not a Joan Rivers fan but was interested in this book based on all the buzz and drama surrounding it (angry celebrities, possible law suit, Rivers storming out of a CNN interview). Am I ever mad at myself for buying this and supporting this work of trash. I like humour books and comedy - I will laugh at jokes, even those some may find inappropriate... But this book wasn't funny. I didn't laugh once. Instead, this book is just way over the top and offensive. The "jokes" about various celebri ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Warning to authors: If I read your book, you will die!

What? Too soon?

If you dislike tasteless, often cheesy jokes (see above), you will probably not like this book. Rivers makes multiple jokes about the Holocaust, 9/11, minorities, the disabled, religion and plastic surgery. Rivers often said she made jokes about tragic and sensitive topics because it is the only way to deal with such heavy situations without becoming overwhelmed by life.

This book is not is not a diary. It spans the course of
Rebekah Welch
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Joan Rivers often says things that other people are thinking but won't say aloud. I think Fashion Police is really funny and Joan Rivers has some hilarious observations and comments about people in the public spotlight.

That said, this book on the whole comes off to me as a politically incorrect rant. There are some truly funny entries, but more that just aren't funny. I guess she can get away with her hateful rants due to her age and her comedic history.

I'm glad I read this, but at the same, m
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Classic Joan. My Guilty Pleasure.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction

This is the only thing I can possibly say about this book:

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

Susan Coster
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's face it, most of us, either LOVE or HATE Joan Rivers. I, for one, have been a fan for almost 35 years starting when she sent me a present for my 31st birthday. Yes, yes, yes!!!!! I see her each and every time she comes in town or even close by......

So getting to the book, the premise is that Melissa buys Joan a diary to record her thoughts day-by-day during 2013. Whether, these little blurbs are true or not is irrelevant. Many are funny, many are repetitious, and, a few insightful. You hav
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never heard of Joan Rivers before her death was announced, then someone lent me this audiobook. I ALWAYS try to finish books, but I had to abandon this one after listening to 2 hours of utter vulgarity and incessant bitching.

I suppose it didn't really help that I don't know most of those numerous US celebrities she was bitching about, but I felt her jokes about Anne Frank, for instance, were preposterous, revolting even. Totally OTT. I tried to keep an open mind and listen some more, but ne
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I would rate this book at 3.5 stars. It is pretty good. This book is written as a diary. Joan Rivers is known for her cutting put down insults. I actually like Joan Rivers.She can be funny. this book has some funny moments. I liked some of her "entries" better than others. I was hoping I would life this book more. but some of it can be pretty mean spirited. it felt like it would be uncomfortable to laugh at some of the things Joan wrote. but yet if you know anything about Joan Rivers, this IS he ...more
Nicole Dingman
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just finished Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers. Loved her as a comedian years ago. I have determined, either she has taken a step down in class or I have stepped up. I found her crass, rude and snotty. I know she's trying to be funny, but I don't find Anne frank, the holocaust, and Helen Keller jokes funny. Nor do I think that every person in Hollywood needs to be openly ridiculed. She was as bad as Kathy Griffin (but at least Kathy is funny). I hate to say it, but if she hadn't just died, I w ...more
Jennifer Brown
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Funny, classic Joan! This book is definitely not for the easily offended. I enjoyed her jokes, old and new. It's sad knowing that she says something about a hope for 2015 and how she didn't make it to now. I would recommend the audio because she narrates it and adds more to it!
John Gurney
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Offensive and funny, as politically incorrect as you can find in print, Joan Rivers has a unique brand of humor. I laughed many times, feeling guilty, of course, as Rivers takes on most every group, American celebrity, and even herself. Warning: if you are easily offended, avoid this one.
Ben Williams
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I laughed till I cried. Then I laughed some more. Joan Rivers' humor was always fresh and unique. So glad she shared her "Diary" with the world.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Politically incorrect & hilarious.
Bert Z
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! I don’t think I’ve ever read the c-word so often in a book, Joan was such a potty mouth.

Another laugh out loud, hilarious book from Joan, it’s full of hatred and scorn and politically incorrect jokes that are so damn funny, I feel guilty for laughing at them but it’s impossible not to.

What’s so great about Joan is that she has punchline after punchline after punchline, her jokes just keep going, they build up so much, that’s the sign of a very clever comic.

Long may she rave!
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE her! Fearless b*tch, no one like her!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Joan Rivers....she will always be one of my favorites.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Its better to be absolutely ridiculous then absolutely boring....
~Marilyn Monroe
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.... ~ Karl Barth
Joan River's has been called the "Queen of Comedy", and she stays true to her wickedly hilarious form in her delightful new book: "Diary of a Mad Diva".

When JR's daughter Melissa gave her a diary for a Christmas gift, she could only think of was Anne Frank, which Joan couldn't emulate in the slightest bit. Each entry begins with "Dear Diary", JR cover
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