I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper
on October 9, 2018
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Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about one pale woman’s journey from Midwestern naïf to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker.
There comes a time in every sitcom actress’s life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When Ellie Kemper’s number was up, she was ready. Contagiously cheerful, predictably wholesome, and mostly inspiring except for one essay about her husband’s feet, My Squirrel Days is a funny, free-wheeling tour of Ellie’s life—from growing up in suburban St. Louis with a vivid imagination and a crush on David Letterman to moving to Los Angeles and accidentally falling on Doris Kearns Goodwin.
But those are not the only famous names dropped in this synopsis. Ellie will also share stories of inadvertently insulting Ricky Gervais at the Emmy Awards, telling Tina Fey that she has “great hair—really strong and thick,” and offering a maxi pad to Steve Carell. She will take you back to her childhood as a nature lover determined to commune with squirrels, to her college career as a benchwarming field hockey player with no assigned position, and to her young professional days writing radio commercials for McDonald’s but never getting paid. Ellie will guide you along her journey through adulthood, from unorganized bride to impatient wife to anxious mother who—as recently observed by a sassy hairstylist—“dresses like a mom.” Well, sassy hairstylist, Ellie Kemper is a mom. And she has been dressing like it since she was four.
Ellie has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. Her voice is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modern life. In short, she will tell you nothing you need to know about making it in show business, and everything you need to know about discreetly changing a diaper at a Cibo Express.
Book Review: My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper
I am a huge fan of celebrity memoirs. I actually met Ellie in BEA when she signed my chapter sampler. I found her so nice and personable. I was so excited to get a copy of this ARC via Edelweiss.
The best way to describe Ellie is a goody good shoes who had an interesting career. In this book, she shares when she was an athlete. How she got in the world of acting which was through improv. How she landed an audition for SNL and what the process was like.
She also shares her experience meeting Tina Fey and her least favorite thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Yes there is a story about squirrel which was totally adorable
I really appreciate Ellie’s NYC adventures. Over this past summer I took an improv class and some of her work reminded me what I learned in class. I love her persistence in following her dream.
This memoir was a happy go lucky, feel good memoir. I can’t wait to see what else she continues to come up in the future.