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Year of Yes

Cover: 'Year of Yes'

Staff Review: "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes


Shonda Rhimes is the creative mind behind of some of the hottest shows on television, including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Though Rhimes was thriving professionally, her personal life had devolved into a cycle of sleeping, eating, working and just getting by. After being told by her older sister that “You never say yes to anything,” Rhimes decides to challenge herself by saying yes to the things that scare her for an entire year.

As an introvert, saying yes is initially harder than Rhimes anticipates, but through the course of the year she comes out of her shell by making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, delivering a commencement address to thousands of people at Dartmouth College and by guest starring on the comedy The Mindy Project. Rhimes also learns the benefits of removing toxic friendships from her life and from occasionally telling people “no.” Through it all, Rhimes finds that advocating for her own best interest makes her a happier person, a better friend, a more attentive mother, and helps fuel her creativity at work.

Some of Rhimes’ advice and experiences resonated with me, especially the idea of taking control of your fears and doing things that scare you (but on your own terms). I think that no matter your gender, age or occupation, there are a few nuggets of perspective found in the pages of this book that might inspire you to reassess your own life and find ways to maximize your potential for happiness.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, biography, biography and memoir

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