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Year of Yes
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Year of Yes
How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
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2017 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year
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).
2017 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year
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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  • 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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  • AudioFile Magazine The author's jaunty pace makes her book sound like a stream-of-consciousness monologue that occasionally becomes unhinged. But there's such a huge vein of wisdom running through it that it works as an audio, not just because of her endearing drive to sound dramatic but also because of her bountiful compassion for timid people everywhere. Rhimes is an acclaimed TV producer and screenwriter ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal") who describes her recent effort to break out of her shell by doing everything offered to her that she fears. What makes this such a powerful audiobook is that, behind her colloquial language and assertive style, you can appreciate the work it took for someone this shy to begin making public appearances and to perform this excellent inspirational audio. T.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 9, 2015
    From the creator of the hit TV series Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder, comes a powerful memoir and self-help book that promotes saying "Yes!" to life. In 2013, Rhimes's sister challenged her over Thanksgiving meal prep, and Rhimes formed a dare for herself: an entire year of saying "yes" to the things that scared her. The results were spectacular: Rhimes learned to live life to the fullest and on her own terms. She agreed to public speaking events that helped move her career forward; spent more time playing with her children and less time working; and shed weight, as well as the toxic people and users in her life. Rhimes found saying "yes" so valuable that she resolved to extend her year-long promise into a lifetime. Now she shares some of the key beliefs and events behind this transformation, all with good humor and vivid prose. Rhimes comes across as inspiring and real, every bit the heroine whom readers need to inspire such a change in themselves. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 25, 2016
    In her new memoir, Hollywood writer and producer Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and other hit TV series, recounts a self-improvement project to step out of her personal and professional comfort zone, embracing opportunities for growth and positive change. As narrator, Rhimes delivers a home run with her poised, down-to-earth style of delivery. She effectively uses annunciation to bring context to her self-esteem metaphors and mantras, several of which—like “dance it out”—she has included in her TV shows. Her confessional tone shines through in numerous funny yet insightful anecdotes. In one especially memorable example of empowerment, she maintains her sanity as a single mother by saying no to a request from her children’s school that parents provide only homemade items for bake sales. As an added bonus, the audio edition includes recordings of several recent high-profile public speeches that Rhimes references in her narrative—speeches that Rhimes says she would have declined in previous years. A Simon & Schuster.

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