Dear Girls

Dear Girls

Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living your Best Life

Book - 2019
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"In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so heavily that she became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads. The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525508830
Branch Call Number: 792.76028 WON 2019-10
Characteristics: xiii, 216 pages ; 22 cm

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liljables Dec 10, 2019

You may know Ali Wong as the comedian who was extremely pregnant in both of her Netflix standup specials (go watch Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife NOW if you haven't already), or from her charming rom-com Always Be My Maybe, which kind of broke the internet earlier this year with its Keanu Reeves cameo. She has fast become one of my favourite comedians, so I obviously had to pick up her book ASAP when it was released this fall.

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life is, in fact, a series of letters for Ali's daughters, those very babies that were in utero during her specials. These letters run the gamut of parental advice - in her signature style, Wong holds nothing back when sharing her failures and successes in school, comedy, dating, travel, and fame.

Dear Girls is an excellent addition to the already impressive list of memoirs written by hilarious women; Ali Wong brings something new to the table by never (EVER) shying away from the gruesome physical details of her dating life, the birth of her children, or child-rearing. We all KNOW these things are gross at times, but Wong revels in that knowledge. This woman can also write about food like her life depends on it (which, of course, it does), and more generally, she can really write - considering there's a whole chapter about how Wong is secretly stupid, your girl can really craft a sentence.

Finally, I want to state the obvious: you do not need to be a woman to enjoy this book. You do not need to be a mother to enjoy this book. You do not need to be an Asian comedian with children to enjoy this book. To paraphrase many smart people, the more uncompromisingly specific a story is, the more it ends up touching the bigger universal truths. PLEASE carry this notion with you whenever you find yourself thinking, "this book isn't for me."

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drfjham
Nov 17, 2019

Trash

OPL_KrisC Nov 13, 2019

Filled with hilarious stories from the comedian, Ali Wong. If you are a fan of her Netflix specials, then this is a must read and will keep you laughing throughout the whole book.

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HKMar
Nov 06, 2019

FANTASTIC. I love Ali Wong's stand up and Netflix specials as well as her movie. I loved her upbringing and honesty. As a first-generation immigrant, I can relate a lot. There's a difference between North American and European emigrant life than other places in the world. It is not easy to assimilate and if a person can, there is always someone that points the fact they are not the same as them and are not genuinely happy for their success. I love Ali Wong's rawness matter of fact and wide openness with her life and her experiences very unapologetically real and the exaggerations are great and sometimes relatable.

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mammothhawk229e
Nov 03, 2019

Yow! Read at your own peril.
However, I do like author allowing her spouse a chapter as counterpoint.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 26, 2019

Written as a series of letters to her daughters, this book by comedian Ali Wong, who also worked on "Fresh Off the Boat," is a pretty funny, pretty vulgar look at parenthood, comedy, race, and many more things. If you like her, you'll like this.

debwalker Oct 10, 2019

Letters to her toddler daughters by actress, stand-up comedian, and writer Ali Wong. Laughing is allowed!

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Nov 03, 2019

mammothhawk229e thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

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