Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
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. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
Rhimes has become one of television's most powerful women-her ShondaLand production company owns Thursday night with Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away with Murder. But career success aside, Rhimes is an introvert who was perfectly happy turning down most of the invitations and promotional opportunities that came her way. That is, until an older sister said six words that sparked a personal revolution: "You never say yes to anything." Rhimes's response? Change everything. She says yes to a commencement speech at her alma mater, Dartmouth; yes to her daughters when they ask to play-even when she's busy; yes to embracing her "badassery"; yes to a healthier self. She shares happy stories from childhood, how Grey's Christina Yang voiced everything Rhimes couldn't say herself, and that saying "yes" can also mean saying "no"-including to marriage to the perfect man. VERDICT Rhimes herself reads her raw, revelatory memoir, and the result is an epiphanic gift of audacity, wit, guffaws, and "girrrrrrrrrrl"-worthy wisdom.-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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