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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person - Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
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In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.She’s the creator... show more
In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder. Her iconic characters—Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating—live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes, the mega talent who owns Thursday night television (#TGIT), is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she hugged walls at splashy parties and suffered panic attacks before media interviews so severe she remembered nothing afterward? Before her Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept. With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV, it was easy to say that she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a chicken bone across a room; petrified of live television appearances where Shonda Rhimes could trip and fall and bleed out right there in front of a live studio audience; terrified of the difficult conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen. In the before, Shonda’s introvert life revolved around burying herself in work, snuggling her children, and comforting herself with food. And then, on Thanksgiving 2013, Shonda’s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. The comment sat like a grenade, until it detonated. Then Shonda, the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family, knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her. This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her (like Cristina Yang, whose ultimate goal wasn’t marriage, and Cyrus Beene, who is a Republican and gay). And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech; when she learned to say yes to her health, yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes. This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes, an unexpected introvert, achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. And how you can, too.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781476777092 (1476777098)
ASIN: 1476777098
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
3.5 The Year of Yes
I love how honest Shonda Rhimes is in this book even if she sounds crazy sometimes. I definitely judged some of her decisions she made. And I'm seriously glad I didn't graduate from Dartmouth the year she was commencement speaker because no one wants to hear the word poop that many times (or at all)...
Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
4.0
I knew of Shonda Rhimes only vaguely before picking up this book for a Women's Book Club hosted by my employer. I knew she was a TV powerhouse, but I'd never watched Grey's Anatomy or Scandal, and while I loved the one episode of How to Get Away with Murder I'd seen, I quickly fell behind. Oh, to be...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
3.0 The Year of Yes / Shonda Rhimes
The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lo...
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it
2.0 Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
This book is great. Witty and smart and funny. A must for writers and Scandal, Grey.s Anatomy, or HTGAWM fans. I like the way she thinks regarding work: there is no luck, you just have to work your a*s off. This is in my top 5 of favorite books.
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 I just...don't get it.
I had a hard time relating to 'Grey's Anatomy.' I discovered the re-runs one summer and watched for maybe a season and then found myself pretty bored by the night time soap opera concept. When I heard of 'Scandal' I *completely* loved the idea and the concept and thought it might be something would ...
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