Jokes My Father Never Taught ME: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor

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The paperback. Pub Date: October 2007 of Pages: 224 in Publisher: It Books of The loving yet utally honest lighters memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor Rain Pryor was born in the idealistic. 1960s free-love. Her mother was a Jewish go -go dancer who wanted a tribe of rainbow children. and her father was Richard Pryor. perhaps the most compelling and illiant comedian of his era.In this intimate. harrowing. and often hilarious memoir. Rain talks about her divided heritage. and about the forces that shaped her wildly schizophrenic childhood. In her father's house. she bonded with Richard's grandmother. Mamma. a one-time whorehouse madam who never tired of reminding Rain that she was black. In her mother's house. and in the home of her Jewish grandparents. Rain was a mocha-colored Jewish princess. learning how to cook everything from kugel to beef isket.It seem...

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A loving yet brutally honest memoir by the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor. Rain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. Her mother was a Jewish go-go dancer who wanted a "tribe of rainbow children," and her father was Richard Pryor, perhaps the most compelling and brilliant comedian of his era.In this intimate, harrowing, and often hilarious memoir, Rain depicts a disturbing childhood in the shadow of her celebrated father. Rain's memoir is a complicated all-American tale. Her home life was infused with drugs and sex; at age eight she sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with the words, "Daddy, the whores need to be paid." "Jokes My Father Never Taught Me" is both lovingly told and painfully frank: the story of a girl who grew up adoring her father even as she feared him - and feared for him, as his drug problems grew worse. In 1980 he was nearly killed in a revolutionary suicide attempt. And in his later years, as he succumbed to multiple sclerosis, Rain saw her father reduced to watching the Comedy Channel for hours on end.

Rain Pryor's book gives an unprecedented look at the life of a legend of comedy, told by a daughter who both understood the genius and knew the man.

About the Author:

Rain Pryor was a regular on the hit ABC series Head of the Class, starred in the Showtime series Rude Awakening, and created an award-winning one-woman show based on her life, Fried Chicken and Latkas. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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