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Year of Yes

By Shonda Rhimes
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Publisher Description

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda 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 to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

“Honest, raw, and revelatory” (The Washington Post), this wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes finally achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. Best of all, she “can help motivate even the most determined homebody to get out and try something new” (Chicago Tribune).

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“I was so excited to read this book after hearing all the praise. I was sadly disappointed! Though a usually quick reader, I found that this book dragged on and took me a long time to finish. I feel like it didn’t really give the inspiration I expected. She has an authentic writing style of course, but I just didn’t get the point. I felt that she was saying that as a women with the highest regard to feminism, you have to be single. I found myself disagreeing with her a lot throughout the book! The message was good, but I wish it was more relatable LOL. I thought the ending would tie everything together and bring it all back down to us normal people and what we can do to step out of our comfort zone, but nope! Not exactly what I was expecting ! Good for her for all her transforming though.”
“This was good. It was interesting & it is awesome she changed her life. To be fair though it wasn't as life changing for me as people say it would be.”

About Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is CEO of the global media company Shondaland.  With a focus on innovation, Rhimes’s company approaches storytelling through brand partnerships, merchandise, and content for film, streaming, audio, digital, and editorial. In her career, Rhimes’s work has been celebrated with numerous awards including induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. She has shifted the entertainment industry’s business model and changed the face of television. 

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