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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Paperback – September 13, 2016
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“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
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476777122
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.38 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I first became aware of Shonda Rhimes because of Grey's Anatomy. From the first episode I was hooked. A few years ago I became a fan of How to Get Away With Murder. Side bar: Viola Davis is a master of her craft and she deserves all the awards! I still have yet to watch Scandal, but somehow I know I'll love it as well. So it's safe to say Rhimes knows how to write killer television series. And despite her epic dramas and phenomenal writing skills it was the title of her book that grabbed my attention: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person.
One of the reasons the title grabbed my attention is because I had been saying no a lot. No to nights out with friends. No to events. No to my family. I felt overwhelmed by my responsibilities: work, school, mom, wife, trying to be everything to everyone. It's exhausting. Also, I'm an introvert. Which means I basically want to hide in my hobbit hole for days at a time. My husband is an extrovert as well as one of my children. And I think it's hard for them to understand why I need downtime. But I also felt guilty. Am I spending enough time with my kids, my husband? Should I be saying YES more?
So, on a cold December day I started Year or Yes. Shonda (I feel like we should be on a first-name basis now) describes how one little comment made by her sister led her to start her year of yes. Saying yes to things, especially things that scared her, was a liberating experience. It literally changed her life, her attitude, her way of living. Shonda doesn't hold back. She talks about her amazing family and friends, and how they helped her on her path to yes. No man or woman is an island and she gives credit where credit is due. I also like how she pointed out that sometimes we say yes to things by our actions that we should really be saying no to. By the end of the first chapter I was ready to start saying YES to more things in life. Now, I don't have Shonda's resources, so I still have to be choosy about when I say YES. Because this girl needs her sleep!
Year of Yes was narrated by the author as well. And I'm glad it was. Shonda has an easygoing conversational manner about her as if she's a friend about to give you some epic advice. So you might want to pour yourself a glass of wine and get comfortable. Year of Yes is inspirational, especially if you're not really feeling it these days. Shonda's vulnerability, humor, and journey will help you find the courage to say YES to life.
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.
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We constantly hear how successful she is, how great her family is, how many wonderful opportunities come her way. It is basically how she overcame her fear of public speaking, nothing more than that. She doesn’t try anything else at all! So unless you are a successful screenwriter with a fear of public speaking, this book will be meaningless to you.
And for a screen writer her writing style is shocking.
I know right?
It really was.
From speaking engagements to TV appearances and simply just playing with her kids every time they asked, it was a transformative year - and a huge inspiration for anyone who feels like they're stuck in a rut. There's a reason Shonda Rhimes is one of the most famous TV writers in the world - her humour, honesty and ability to give you all the feels are very much present in this book and I fell totally in love with her way of writing, and with her. I didn't want this book to end, but I left it on a total high - the perfect kick up the butt for a depressing time of year!