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Jokes My Father Never Taught Me

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Jokes My Father Never Taught Me

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Cathy Crimmins, Rain Pryor
publisher:
Regan Books
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

Rain Pryor pulls no punches in her memoir about life as the ”Black Jewish American Princess” offspring of the late comedian Richard Pryor. Using the same profanity-laced wit her father perfected, she unspools darkly comic stories about a childhood filled with the elder Pryor’s prostitutes, drug use, and physical abuse, but never devolves into self-pity or bitterness: ”I wondered why I wasn’t angrier with him. But I never felt anger. The motherf—er had a hold on me, and I couldn’t help but love him.” By the end, though, Richard Pryor remains as much a mystery to readers as he does to his daughter.