Dear Girls

Dear Girls

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

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so heavily that she 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 singles 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 disgusting) for all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525508830
052550883X
Branch Call Number: 792.7602 WONG 2019
Characteristics: xiii, 216 pages ; 22 cm

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In her hit Netflix special Baby Cobra, an eight-months pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she became a popular Halloween costume. In this original collection, she shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life offstage, including the brutal singl... Read More »


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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.

mazinwhistler Feb 03, 2020

The book is crass, candid and splendid to read. I was in stiches most of the time while reading it! Written as a letter to her two daughters, Ali Wong, fills us in on her life to date - I love that she doesn't hold back and the disclaimer to her daughters that they should not read this until they 21 (or maybe never I think!). Since reading her book I've checked her on You Tube and now would love to go see her live - highly entertaining and worth reading. Be warned - she is pretty graphic most of her descriptions.

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midori_hon
Jan 28, 2020

I read this book a$$ backwards, reading anecdotes from ali wong without seeing a moment of her standup. now i feel like i know far more about *parts* of her than people should, except her husband (and maybe her gynecologist.) ali wong is dedicated to honing her craft, a loving wife and mother, fiercely proud of her heritage, and kinda wacky, i enjoyed her brazen honesty. one of these days maybe I'll actually see her in action.

KatieD_KCMO Jan 22, 2020

An entertaining look into Ali Wong's brain and the experiences that shaped her. A quick, hilarious read.

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lenoragoessling
Jan 04, 2020

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Audrey_1974
Dec 19, 2019

A smart and sassy read. I'm really enjoying her bits of advice -- like how to pick a good Chinese restaurant! Especially liked her reference to Hedwig and the angry inch!

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