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Dear Girls

Dear Girls

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

eBook - 2019
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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
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9780525508847
Branch Call Number: eBook CloudLibrary
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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LPL_ShirleyB May 21, 2021

A laugh-out-loud hilarious & sexually explicit autobiographical memoir, loaded with vivid stories -- audiobook read by the author! And the afterward by husband Justin Hakuta is powerfully heartwarming.

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Robertareviews
Mar 09, 2021

This was too dirty and disgusting for my tastes

JCLKarynH Jan 26, 2021

Ali Wong is one my favorite comedians. I've seen her Netflix stand-up comedy specials: "Baby Cobra" and "Hard Knock Wife"; and her Netflix rom-com, "Always Be My Maybe." She's unapologetically raw in this book and doesn't shy away from discussing tough topics, like her miscarriage. Her humor can veer off into TMI territory, but I appreciate anyone courageous enough to go deep into the off-color shades of humanity. I love how these letters are addressed to her daughters, but all women will benefit from reading this hilarious memoir.

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brenreadss
Nov 05, 2020

Dear Girls was AMAZING! so funny. Ali Wong is definitely one of the funniest people ever. she writes the things that are difficult to talk about from sex, love, being Asian American, and pregnancy. this book is absolutely a must-read unless you aren't a fan of inappropriate things. the afterword is the cutest thing in the world. Ali writes to you as if she is your mother which is quite interesting. really gives some good insight into life for young adults.

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josiehann
Oct 06, 2020

Funny, off-color, made me laugh. I don't think I need to check into her sets as they might be a little too crass for me, but I enjoyed the written version.

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dirtbag1
Sep 22, 2020

This book's format, written as a series of letters to her daughters, misses the mark. The tone is apologetic and I found the material seldom humorous. After reading the book I watched some video of her act and was not impressed.

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Ivy_Digest
Sep 16, 2020

I'm a fan of Ali's humor and writing. I was surprised that she's obscene and curses a lot in this book for her two daughters. She's hilariously explicit and insightful but I can't recommend this to young adults and those whose sensibilities might be offended by the crass jokes.

Ali is well-educated so I wish she had tempered her language. Her book is a great behind-the-scenes of the life of a female Asian stand up comic who was raised with Tiger Mom expectations. If she cleans this up, it will be an enduring and inspiring memoir.
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LSbook
Sep 11, 2020

An adult book that could be considered like a companion book to Jimmy O. Yang's "How to American." Ali Wong is direct and she has lots of opinions on being American and bicultural too.

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bnordyke
Sep 08, 2020

It was interesting to read other reviews of this most interesting book. I was a little uncomfortable at the extremely crude language and explicit stories but liked her writing style and down to earth comments. The family history of her Vietnamese mother and Chinese father were so funny and sweet. I especially liked her husband's chapter at the very end as he is also has a very good writing style and I understand why she is able to have the chaotic family life she has. He sounds like a great husband!! I liked it ...

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tessambb
May 24, 2020

A quick, fun, and funny read. Written as a letter to her two daughters, in her memoir Wong takes us through her childhood, her early days in stand-up comedy, and the romance and relationship with her husband. Very open and sometimes graphic like Wong's comedy, but also touching and poignant, especially in regards to her family and her Asian American cultural upbringing in San Francisco.

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