Melissa Rivers to Remember Deceased Mother Joan in New Book

“The Book of Joan” will offer “funny, poignant, and irreverent observations” about comedian

Last Updated: February 11, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Joan Rivers may have exited the physical world, but she will be remembered in a new book penned by her daughter Melissa.

Melissa Rivers is writing “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation,” which will be published by Crown Archetype on May 5, the publisher said Wednesday.

The book, which will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada in print and digital formats, will find Melissa sharing “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,” Crown Archetype said in a release.

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

Joan Rivers died in September at age 81 after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure. Last month, Melissa sued Yorkville Endoscopy, the New York clinic where the procedure took place.

“Joan was beloved the world over for her fearlessness and one-of-a-kind sense of humor,” Trish Boczkowski, V.P. editorial director of Crown Archetype said of “The Book of Joan.” “But no one was closer to her than her daughter and partner-in-crime. We’re honored to be publishing  Melissa’s loving and hilarious tribute to her mother — a book only she could write. This is Joan as you’ve never seen her before.”