NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.
“Knife-sharp . . . a genuine pleasure.”—The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • Variety • Chicago Tribune • Glamour • New York
In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even 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 single 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 gross) for all.
Praise for Dear Girls
“Fierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . Dear Girls is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.”—Vogue
“[A] refreshing, hilarious, and honest account of making a career in a male-dominated field, dating, being a mom, growing up, and so much more…Yes, this book is addressed to Wong’s daughters, but every reader will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration and, most important, something to laugh at.”—Bustle
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Clearly, comedian Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe) is as fearlessly hilarious at home as she is in her groundbreaking comedy performances. Framed as a series of letters to her young daughters, her uproarious and emotional book of personal essays is packed with life lessons and relationship advice culled from her own wild experiences. (No, you should not listen to this audiobook with kids in tow.) Amidst the jokes, Wong gets seriously personal about the cultural differences between the Vietnamese and Chinese sides of her family and the struggles that women of color still face in the entertainment industry. Her intimate reading of Dear Girls feels like an endearing mash-up of stand-up and a friendly, honest conversation with a friend.
Ug, this is so good. Highly recommend... you’ll want to binge listen till the break of dawn.
Ali, your are my new spirit animal!
Love love love
Hilarious and DOPE! It was so good I didn’t want it to end. She is the best of the best.