Jokes My Father Never Taught Me Unabridged Cd
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From Publishers Weekly
Here's a rambling, warts-and-all look at life with Richard Pryor, the beloved comedy iconoclast whose public success masked a private life brimming with alcohol, drugs, violence and paranoia. Written by his 37-year-old daughter, this family biography chronicles her first meeting with her father at age four, Richard's role as a wayward family man (he had seven children by a number of different women), his struggle with MS, and his 2005 death. Amid less interesting snapshots of her own life-including her work as an actress-Pryor offers a bold but sympathetic portrait of her "misogynistic, mercurial, unpredictable, and violent" father that's as fascinating as it is conflicted: "That was life with Richard Pryor. Sex and violence, punctuated by rare moments of family happiness." In addition, Pryor takes readers behind the scenes of Richard's career; into the "weird sort of Richard Pryor Fan Club" made up of ex-wives, ex-girlfriends and their children; and down Richard's frightening path to debilitating illness. Vital, entertaining and appalling, Pryor has fleshed out a familiar dysfunctional family refrain-"It was a lot easier to love him if you didn't know him"-with bravery and wit.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
This was a book that touched me very much .
Growing up in this era , I can relate deeply to everything that happened .
Dysfunctional this was to a HIGHER level ...... I give Rain a huge hug & a pat on the back !
Well written & well worth the read
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This book was so moving to me because I can relate to Rain in several different ways. My father was also abusive. My father abused alcohol and drugs and went on violent rampages. My father also believed that money was equivalent to an apology or an expression of love. Rain recalled that a good solid hug would have been much better than a new car. I can definitely relate to that. My father also ended up wheel-chair bound and died from a debilitating disease (Parkinson's). It's not easy watching someone you love deteriorate like that no matter how bad of a parent they were. And like Rain, no matter what my father did, I still loved him very much.
I know Richard is looking down on her beaming with pride. While he never recovered from his troubled childhood, she did. And she did it with grace and a forgiving spirit. Bless her heart, with two unstable parents, it's amazing what's she's done with her life. Though she dabbled with alcohol and drugs, she never became an addict. She was also blessed to find a good husband unlike many daughters of abusive fathers. Hats off to you Rain!
This book is definitely a page-turner, as a matter of fact, I didn't put it down once I started reading it. I read the whole thing in one sitting. An easy read, this book is also filled with some really nice photos. And the photos are not only in the middle of the book, they're placed here and there throughout the book which is very nice. There's a touching photo of Rain and her father taking a nap together. She looks just like her dad and she's funny just like him too.
This book also revealed Jennifer Lee's true colors. Jennifer was Richard's last wife, wife #5 and wife#7. I was convinced she really loved Richard, had forgiven him for the way he'd treated her and wanted to take care of him in his time of need. That would explain her marrying him when he was wheel-chair bound, nearly in a vegetative state and dependent on her for his survival, right? WRONG! She had dollar signs written all over her. I once admired her for trying to keep some dollars coming in for Richard. She helped to get his TV show released on DVD, she helped put together his 9 CD box set and she also appeared on his Comedy Central Special, "I Ain't Dead Yet." But I guess I didn't stop to think that by being his wife/caretaker, she got to cash some chips in too for herself. She did a good job handling Richard's business affairs but she was wrong for keeping him away from his children. She also had him change his will shortly before he died which left the bulk of his estate to her. Now I'm not saying she shouldn't have gotten anything, but she shouldn't get everything. Richard's daughter Elizabeth is contesting this in court. I hope she wins. Shame on you Jennifer.
If you're a fan of Richard or Rain, you won't be disappointed with this one. Rain has a beautiful spirit and like her father, she has a special way of touching people with her words. You go Rain!
Rain admits that she is an actress and not a writer. She is no Toni Morrison, but her words and experiences are still valuable, entertaining, and insightful. Rain says despite being on "Head of the Class," she ended up doing construction work and Miss Cleo-like telephone service. This reminds me of how Eric Estrada said he struggled after "C.H.I.P.S." and Bob Crane went downhill after "Hogan's Heroes." Hollywood is fleeting, despite the Julia Roberts and Will Smiths on the screen.
As much as domestic abuse makes people cringe, this book was scant on the extent of Richard Pryor's nastiness. The film "What's Love Got to Do with It?" suggests that Ms. Turner went into detail about how Ike mistreated in "I, Tina." Rain just says, "He abused me" and later in the book she mentions one instance of being hit. I think people may have a better view of Richard's being a hot mess if she said more. Rain repeats, "He's the only father I had, so I love him regardless." I think may abused children will relate. She also said her own marriage was rocky, soon after it started. She never answers whether she and her husband divorced. She never questions whether her father's numerous unstable marriages affected her own.
Rain Pryor's book is one that pulls no punches. What is good about the book is that it is from the heart. Many times when stories are told, people seem to beat around the bush. "Beating around the bush" only avoids what there. I agree with you that child abuse is a serious issue; but I don't agree with you one hundred percent. The words "child abuse" needs to be revaluated. In Rain's case defiantly over done (Yes, I agree that Rain was abuse). Child abuse is not only in the black community. Child abuse doesn't go by race. The black comics make jokes about whopping a child, but let's be honest the white community can throw some good punches. It true- it has been caught on tape. Nothing like punching a toddler that strapped in a car set. That wasn't funny either. Bottom line; stop blaming the whole black community and save the word "child abuse" for cases that are actually are child abuse.
If you read Rain's book and look at what she has become, it should inspire anyone that has been through something. If you hold on to that terrible experience for the rest of your life, it will spill over and affect everyone around you. I am not saying to forget it; "but you have to let go". Once you let go, it will open the doors to a lot of other things. Rain's life is an example of that.