- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (10 November 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476777098
- ISBN-13: 978-1476777092
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Hardcover – 10 Nov 2015
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Description for Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
“Rhimes is, unsurprisingly, a fantastic memoirist: Her writing is conversational and witty and lyrical, inflected with the supple human breathiness you might expect from a person who spends her days writing dialogue. It features lots of great punchlines…It features occasional, chatty, second-person asides…[It] is also in many ways a side-door self-help book…[with] pieces of advice that concern not just Rhimes’s readers, but everyone. …Year of Yes is a book about the shifts taking place in Hollywood right now,and in the world right now, in the guise of a friendly memoir. It is, like Shondaland itself, making a statement. It is insisting that it is time for the people who used to be invisible to come forward and be seen.”
“Revealing and delightful.”
— New York Daily News
“There’s real value in the experiences Rhimes shares… When, for example, she discusses learning to take better care of herself, the memoir feels honest, raw and revelatory.”
— The Washington Post
“A sincere and inspiring account of saying yes to life…Rhimes tells us all about it in the speedy, smart style of her much-loved TV shows. She's warm, eminently relatable, and funny… Like a cashmere shawl you pack just in case, Year of Yes is well worth the purse space, and it would make an equally great gift. Rhimes said "yes" to sharing her insights . Following her may not land you on the cover of a magazine, but you'll be glad you did.”
“If you enjoy the rapid-fire dialogue of her characters, reading this book will feel like home. Rhimes opens up, and inspires, discussing her personal experiences as a sister, daughter, mother, friend and boss tempered with biting insights on societal expectations of women…[a] blend of biography and badassery.”
“Rhimes guides the reader through her transformative yearlong experiment, each chapter dealing with a different personal challenge for herself, and she lets us deep inside her brain, carefully laying out all of her fears and self-doubt…candid and friendly, almost as if the two of you were catching up over drinks.”
“A mix of humor and conversational real talk…written with dashes of Oprah-esque inspiration but the no-B.S. frankness of, say, Dr. Cristina Yang from Grey's Anatomy…Even if Rhimes's fame and career don't make her an everywoman, she writes with an everywomanly sensibility…her words brim with such life that by the end of the book, some readers may find themselves wanting to say yes to more things, too.”
“Rhimes' familiar,conversational writing style makes the book a more accessible Lean In,a self-help book and personal journal all rolled into one.”
“Small, charmingly odd, inspirational stories…Quite simply, it's a book about how she learned to take care of herself, and how you might be able to as well. Welcome your new life coach, Shonda Rhimes.”
“A self-help book dressed in casual clothes, lessons for living a better life told through relatable personal essays from the woman who set out to, in the course of a year, make her own better… There’s an uncanny familiarity to the journey Rhimes goes on… Never do you feel preached at while reading Rhimes’s book. This woman of huge fame and fortune is speaking directly to you, and she’s doing it with familiarity, humor, and earned wisdom…Year of Yes is an awakening as much as it is a reckoning. Recognize the power of what you’ve been doing. Do more of it.”
— Daily Beast
About the Author
Shonda Rhimes is the critically acclaimed and award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal and the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Her writing credits also include Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement, Crossroads, and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature with Creative Writing and received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship. Rhimes was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, and now runs her production company, Shondaland, from Los Angeles, where she lives with her three daughters. She is the author of Year of Yes and The Year of Yes Journal.See all Description for Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
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1) First off, unlike a lot of authors, she did not pre-seed Amazon with preselected reviewers hitting up all 5 stars and offering formulaic praise. When I signed on this morning there were 3 reviews versus the 20-30 replicant reviews you often see when a new book is released. Why? Because she doesn't need forced praise. The book is good. Very good. And like Shonda herself, it doesn't need fabricated self promotion but can stand on it's own merits.
2) She's funny. Like laughing out loud in public funny. Like people changing seats on the bus because you're smiling and snickering to yourself funny. Like spitting up coffee and pastry on the Kindle screen funny. You get the point.
3) In addition to being funny, she's pitch perfect in her capacity to convey authenticity, vulnerability, and confidence all within the same paragraph.
4) She's also wicked smart and genuinely compassionate. Sadly those two traits sometimes don't travel in pairs.
5) Her year of living fearlessly by fully stepping into her life and saying YES inspires because it shows that even a Shonda Rhimes can suffer from the "Who Me?" disease that afflicts so many women. Granted, Shonda needed to say yes to things like hanging out with the Obama's or being honored as a Human Rights Boss, but she brilliantly shows that despite the loftiness of her life, like many of us she too struggled with stepping into her well earned right to "stand in the sun" without fear or apology.
6) And like a good and righteous Queen, she shares the glow. She has done more than any other TV writer in history to celebrate, and as she says normalize, ALL human experiences by merely allowing people of all orientations, races, and ethnicities to BE and To do and say human things on television. Radical inclusiveness...what a concept.
I could go on, but really just read the book. Worth every ducket.
With that out of the way - this book was so much more than I expected. When I picked it up, I had no idea who Shonda Rhimes was. I chose to read it based on the title and premise alone, and I am soooo glad I did.
If you've read the blurb, then you know her whole point was to say 'yes' to the things that frightened her for a whole year. I don't know what I expected, but more than once I was in tears because it was like she was telling MY story. I have typed and deleted example after example of those moments, but you might think those moments are what the book are about, and I would feel bad that I gave you the wrong impression.
This book is also about diversity - no, not diversity - it is about what she calls NORMALIZING. Our world, our daily lives, are surrounded by a diverse range of people. All we have to do is look around. She didn't set out to write a 'diverse' tv series. She simply saw the world as it is - full of every imaginable race, color, lifestyle, and belief system - and wrote her characters and stories accordingly.
The normalization doesn't stop there...but I would ruin her work trying to explain it. The best way i can explain it, is to recommend you read the book and let HER tell you.
She has a unique view point that she expresses clearly, if not always concisely. You won't be able to miss her message, and I believe you too will be inspired to say 'yes' to the things that frighten you.
I would recommend this book to anyone. Especially high school seniors, college students, and young people entering the work force.
Thanks Shonda Rhimes for allowing us to take a look into Shondaland. I work my TV watching around TGIT and now I will feel confident in saying YES while being strong in my NO! Must read for anyone trying to make the most of their life.