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Author: Leslie Bennetts Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781478987628
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The definitive book about Joan Rivers’ tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life.

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition, and her massive insecurities. But Rivers’ career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.

A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever—a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved—Last Girl before Freeway delves into the inner workings of a woman who both reflected and redefined the world around her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [A] fascinating biography. Entertainment Weekly
  • A dishy, thorough biography. Riley Cardoza, Good Housekeeping
  • Highly readable.... Bennetts' clear-eyed biography shows why this ambitious, 'stubbornly paradoxical' woman who 'wasn't ready to cede the spotlight' continues to command our attention. (3 out of 4 stars) Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
  • [An] affectionate and entertaining bio. O, the Oprah Magazine
  • Snappy.... The best parts of the book are tart evocations of the mid-century comic-club scene and of Rivers's inimitable panache. New Yorker
  • Read it either as a very diverting distraction from the maelstrom of politics, or as an instruction manual for how to get off your ass, kick despair to the curb, and make lemonade out of the most sour of lemons. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue
  • [A] frank and compelling biography.... A clear-eyed exploration of Rivers's historical and cultural significance.... Bennetts offers an important work that lifts her much-dismissed subject to her proper place in history. You can love Joan. You can hate Joan. But Last Girl Before Freeway won't let you deny her significance. Sara Eckel, Washington Post
  • You may think you know Joan Rivers, but I'll bet you'll be shocked by the revelations in Leslie Bennetts's irresistible biography. Before there was a women's movement or much hope for a woman in stand-up comedy, Joan made it by ridiculing everything she craved, from beauty and respectability to fashion and power. With unmatched energy and an ambition that made Napoleon look like Gandhi, she broke the boundaries of taste and commonsense-and widened the path for us all. Gloria Steinem
  • Joan was a great friend of mine and this is one hell of a book. A terrific read from start to finish, it captures Joan completely. Five stars. Larry King, television and radio host
  • Thoroughly researched and eminently readable. Jonah Raskin, New York Journal of Books
  • In this hard-digging biography, Leslie Bennetts uncovers the scars and warts, the tall tales and the true, giving Rivers exactly the memorial she deserves. Boris Kachka, New York Magazine
  • There's a lot to discuss when it comes to the polarizing Rivers...and Bennetts covers it all with aplomb. No matter how you feel about Rivers, reading this book will give you a better understanding of a woman who fought for space in a male-owned industry. Oh, and you'll laugh, too. Steph Opitz, Marie Claire
  • Deliciously dishy. Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
  • Revelatory....Even if you think you know 'one of the world's most uninhibited mean girls,' Bennetts has some surprises. Jane Sumner, The Dallas Morning News
  • A juicy, intimate biography of a performer whose career spanned 60 years. Nicki Gostin, Fox News
  • A sympathetic portrait of the scathingly funny and ambitious comedian. Tom Beer, Newsday
  • Examines the polarizing Rivers' life in almost forensic detail. It's an impressive, and telling, account. Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

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About the Author

Leslie Bennetts is the author of the national bestseller The Feminine Mistake and Last Girl before Freeway. A longtime Vanity Fair writer and a former New York Times reporter, she was the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign at the New York Times. She has also written for many other magazines, including the Nation, New York, and Vogue.

About the Narrator

Erin Bennett is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.