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Staff Pick of the Week: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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Do yourself a favor and listen to Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes as soon as you can. The content is inspiring so reading the book would be worthwhile but for a truly amazing experience, listen to the audiobook read by the author. Her wisdom combined with her delivery will make you laugh, cry, and grab for paper to write down some of her more inspirational suggestions. Listening to this book is like a present you give to yourself and when you are finished, if you are like me, you will want to give it to every person you love.

–Joan, FTPL

“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).” -from

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