Melissa Rivers Is Publishing a Book to Honor Joan Rivers

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'The Book of Joan' will include anecdotes and childhood lessons: "I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show. That’s all the math you’ll ever need."

Melissa Rivers has a big Mother's Day gift in the works.

To honor the late Joan Rivers, the comedian's daughter will publish The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, in which Rivers "relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups."

Melissa's publisher, Crown Archetype, made the announcement Wednesday. It will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada in print and digital formats, as well as on audio by Penguin Random House Audio. Vice president and executive editor Suzanne O’Neill acquired world, audio, electronic book, and first-serial rights from CAA and will edit the book. People first reported the news.

The book will share a close look at Melissa's mother and her restriction-less relationship — "Melissa, I acknowledge that you have boundaries. I just choose to not respect them," she was told. The title will include anecdotes like when Melissa was nine months old and her parents delivered her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift, and lessons from her childhood, as when she was taught, "I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show. That’s all the math you’ll ever need."

And of course, it'll be filled with memorable lines from her mother: "Missy, is there anything better than seeing a really good looking couple pushing a baby that looks like a Sasquatch who got caught in a house fire?"

"In our family, we always believed that laughter was the best medicine," Melissa says of the upcoming release. "Not only are there less side effects than Prozac but it’s a lot cheaper than therapy. I wanted to write a book that would make my mother laugh. I hope it makes you laugh, too."

The Book of Joan hits shelves May 5, 2015. 

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