Joan Rivers Biography Set for 2016

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Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts will pen "Joan Rivers: A Life"

Can we talk? A Joan Rivers biography has been acquired by Little, Brown and Company and is slated for a 2016 release.

Joan Rivers: A Life is described as "the definitive book about Rivers’s tumultuous, victorious, tragic, glamorous, and fascinating life" and will be written by veteran Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts. The title will also be available as an audio book by Hachette Audio and as an eBook, the publisher announced on Tuesday.

"Joan Rivers' life story was, in every way, a remarkably dramatic roller-coaster ride characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving," said Bennetts in a statement. "But Rivers' career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. It's hard to imagine a more compelling subject for a book — or one that would be more fun."

"Joan Rivers was more than a comedian — she was an icon and a role model to millions," added Little, Brown editor-in-chief Judy Clain, who handled the deal with David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects. "I'm thrilled that journalist Leslie Bennetts is now on board with Little, Brown to bring the full depth and drama of Rivers's career and personality to life."

Within hours of the announcement of Rivers' death, the comedian's latest book Diary of a Mad Diva sales had shot up 70,750 percent on Amazon. Her earlier book, 2012’s I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me, also saw a sales jump of 17,496 percent, landing at No. 55 on Amazon’s list of its top 100 best-selling books (it was previously ranked No. 9,678). 

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