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

The loving yet brutally honest memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard PryorRain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. In her mother's house, rain was a "mocha-colored Jewish princess, and in the home of her Jewish grandparents, " learning how to cook everything from kugel to beef brisket.

It seemed as if rain was blessed with the best of both worlds, but it didn't quite work out that way. 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, and often hilarious memoir, harrowing, 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. Once, rainy, "why do you love me, in an unusually introspective mood, Pryor asked his daughter, when I can be so mean?" Jokes My Father Never Taught Me answers that poignant question and many more.

In 1980 pryor tried to kill himself by setting himself on fire, pryor succumbed to multiple sclerosis, then joked that it had been an accident: "No one ever told me you couldn't mix cookies with two types of milk!" In his later years, and Rain watched in tears as her father became a shell of his former self.

Life at mom's was unstable in the extreme, while at Richard's place Rain was exposed to sex and drugs before she had even learned to read. It is an unprecedented look at the life of a legend of comedy, told by a daughter who both understood the genius and knew the tortured man within. Daddy, " she told her father one day, sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner at the advanced age of eight, "the whores need to be paid.



Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

For twenty-year-old pattie boyd, ron wood, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who’s who of rock musicians. She met the beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day’s Night.

Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. And then the penny dropped. It was a sweet, but one that would take an unexpected turn, turbulent life, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l. I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you’ve been waiting for.

From the Hardcover edition. Did you get my letter?”. I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang.


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