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Bouncing Back: I've Survived Everything ... and I Mean

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Survival stratagems from Joan Rivers

Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. And always remember: Surviving is the best revenge Look at Alexander Graham Bell, who did 22,000 experiments before he hit on the telephone. Just a few more and he would have had call waiting. Whenever I hit bottom, the only thing I think of was set down by Jerome Kern: Pick myself up, dust m
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 1st 1997)
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May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, library, 2013
I will be perfectly honest, I picked up this book without reading what it was really about. I assumed that since it is written by Joan Rivers it will be funny. I love her sense of humor, I get her jokes. I was looking forward to laughing at more of her famous one-liners.
Needless to say, this book is not about Joan being the "funny Joan". Written in the aftermath of her husband's suicide and after her business went belly up and she lost all of her job opportunities, one would expect this book to
Lee Coleman
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't expect many people will run right out and read this book (it was written in 1997) and while i find joan rivers very funny, i appreciate that her sense of humour is not for everyone. however, i was intruigued by this book, recollecting that her husband, edgar, committed suicide (after 22 years of marriage) shortly after fox cancelled her show "the late show starring joan rivers" in 1986. i was surprised to read about all her professional and financial difficulties as well. while she succe ...more
I got this from a free bin post garage sale. This is a quick read, more of a think positive kind of novel with Joan Rivers humor thrown in. I tell you this woman takes every opportunity to do whatever it takes to stay in the game. This makes her the perfect author for this kind of novel which in a lot of ways is autobiographical. She throws in plenty of examples from other women who are struggling to overcome setbacks and tragedy. The emphasis is on the success and Joan's mantra is "just don't e ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have a very positive opinion of J. Rivers, due to her overly snarky, comedy and fashion comments. However...I really enjoyed this book, and it gave my butt a kick, when I needed it. I "borrowed" it from the suicide survivors support group. Her husband died, and she had a bunch of other crappy stuff happen, but look at her! 79 years old, this week, and still fighting to keep going.

The book contains surprising insight, and a number of quotes from other famous people, who had to survive an
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was just ok, maybe if I waited awhile to read it after I read her proceeding two books, Enter Talking and Still Talking - maybe I would have liked it a bit more - but some of it was repetative, but it was a quick and easy read.
Mary Ellen
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs
i love everything joanie writes!
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and informative.
Ruth Lym
It was better than I thought it would be. She actually had some good ideas about how to move forward after a big loss.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sitting here hugging this book to my chest and crying. Joan Rivers was such a beautiful person. Even though at the end of her life, she ended up having amassed a fortune upwards of $100 million dollars, she never stopped being real. She was truly the salt of the earth, no matter how much money she had and how famous she got.
In this book, she tells about the struggles she went through in life such as her husband Edgar killing himself, having a falling out with her daughter Melissa, and bein
Not the best book by Joan Rivers however it's still a decent read if you're a fan

I purchased this book because recently I had lost my brother and I'm not one to pick up a self-help book however , I am a huge Joan Rivers band and I knew that she had done to south of books and I think you're that she is someone who is very funny and is been by . So maybe I would get something from this book , and maybe it would help . I'm sad to say I didn't . To me whenever at this book it seems to only reflect o
Katie Scarlett
Honestly, I was very surprised at what this book turned out to be. I went to the library last week and picked it up, heading for the checkout line. Whenever I see a book written by any comic or entertainer, I usually give it a try. I'm not a "self help" book kinda gal but this book was surprisingly very good in that sense. I had no idea that Joan had written a book, attempting to help others through just about any crisis or tragedy you can think of. She shared her failures and hard time
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
QVC host, fashion critic, Broadway actress, standup comic, reality TV star... Now here's another credit to add to Joan Rivers' resume: Life coach. I can't say she excels at this particular role but I still admire her tenaciousness when encountering setbacks (a husband's suicide, a play that closed sooner than expected, a business deep in debt). Her philosophy -- get real then fake it till you make it -- is filled with contradictions and cliches but chances are if you attended one of her self-hel ...more
W.R. Watkins
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall impression: Well written; relatable; shows the more serious side of Joan Rivers; comforting to those who need it.

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Margaret Roberts
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rivers had a lot of wisdom to go along with her humor.
Wendy Allen
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fast read. Witty, enlightening and a lovely read. Joan has a remarkable voice that uplifts the spirit and spreads love to all.
Phoebe Baker
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continues her life. I enjoyed reading her progression as I have read her books in order written.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Valerie by: Amazon
Brutally honest advice about moving past disaster. A more serious side of Joan Rivers, and certainly a more sympathetic one. Worth reading.
Louanne Caspar
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story of resilience.
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Joan Rivers (born Joan Sandra Molinsky) was an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. She was known for her brash manner and loud, raspy voice with a heavy metropolitan New York accent. Rivers was the National Chairwoman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is a board member of God's Love We Deliver. Like the ground-breaking Phyllis Diller, Rivers' act relied he ...more
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