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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We love a self-help book that’s this funny and full of whip-smart advice. Year of Yes by TV genius Shonda Rhimes reads like Lean In through a Mindy Kaling filter. It turns out that Rhimes—the mastermind behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder—has gone through many surprisingly relatable struggles. Her endearing book looks at what happens when she spends a year saying "yes" to everything she most fears, from public speaking to nixing troubled relationships. Her insights are transformative and inspiring.
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.
I actually started reading this book about a year ago, but it wasn’t until now, after going through my own year of yes, that I can truly appreciate Shonda’s words!
This book is so awesome. I felt like the book was kinda about me. I actually sat down and did the exercises in the book and it opened my eyes. It helped me in so many ways. I’m no longer afraid of what ifs. I got out of situations where I was unhappy. I resolved and let go of issues from my past. I no longer settle for safe.
This book refreshes my soul. Shonda Rhimes has such a unique voice. I had no idea she possessed such a talent. And it left me wanting more! Please, please write more, Ms. Rhimes!!