Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious, refreshing, and inspiring collection of essays “teeming with energy and full of laugh-out-loud moments” (Associated Press).
“A pleasure. Ellie Kemper is the kind of stable, intelligent, funny, healthy woman that usually only exists in yogurt commercials. But she’s real and she’s all ours!” —Tina Fey
“Ellie is a hilarious and talented writer, although we’ll never know how much of this book the squirrel wrote.”—Mindy Kaling
Meet Ellie, the best-intentioned redhead next door. You’ll laugh right alongside her as she shares tales of her childhood in St. Louis, whether directing and also starring in her family holiday pageant, washing her dad’s car with a Brillo pad, failing to become friends with a plump squirrel in her backyard, eating her feelings while watching PG-13 movies, or becoming a “sports monster” who ends up warming the bench of her Division 1 field hockey team in college.
You’ll learn how she found her comedic calling in the world of improv, became a wife, mother and New Yorker, and landed the role of a bridesmaid (while simultaneously being a bridesmaid) in Bridesmaids. You’ll get to know and love the comic, upbeat, perpetually polite actress playing Erin Hannon on The Office, and the exuberant, pink-pants-wearing star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
If you’ve ever been curious about what happens behind the scenes of your favorite shows, what it really takes to be a soul cycle “warrior,” how to recover if you accidentally fall on Doris Kearns Goodwin or tell Tina Fey on meeting her for the first time that she has “great hair—really strong and thick,” this is your chance to find out. But it’s also a laugh-out-loud primer on how to keep a positive outlook in a world gone mad and how not to give up on your dreams. Ellie “dives fully into each role—as actor, comedian, writer, and also wife and new mom—with an electric dedication, by which one learns to reframe the picture, and if not exactly become a glass-half-full sort of person, at least become able to appreciate them” (Vogue.com).
Actress Kemper tickles the funny bone with her engaging and refreshing memoir. Hers is not the tale of a rough childhood (she grew up in a comfortable suburban St. Louis neighborhood with a loving family), overarching drama (her righteous indignation is confined to an uneducated guide on a The Sound of Music tour in Salzberg, Austria), or unhappy marriages (she's been married to Michael Koman since 2012). Instead, in a snappy, coordinated series of essays, Kemper who plays the title character in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, after a side-splitting role in The Office amusingly chronicles her life, never hesitating to make fun of herself. She is an entertaining writer, and her tales including those about auditioning for Saturday Night Live, complimenting Tina Fey ("You have great hair really strong and thick!"), and tripping while running to fetch a glass of water for her childhood crush, Christopher Plummer ("I sprinted to the bar as fast as my Naired legs could carry me") will give readers an enticing glimpse of her happy-go-lucky attitude. This is a fun, breezy, and enjoyable volume.