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My Squirrel Days
My Squirrel Days | Ellie Kemper
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Mostly true stories by the irrepressible star of the hit Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. There comes a time in every actress's life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. Ellie Kemper, the star of hit Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, first gained attention with a one-woman show, Feeling Sad/Mad, at the UCB Theatre in New York, founded by a comedy troupe that counted Amy Poehler, among others, in its ranks. Kemper's popularity exponentially grew with a regular role in the US version of The Office, followed by appearances in the highly successful Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. Kemper's infectious personality and easy, natural humour inspired Tina Fey to develop and write Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt specifically for her, and those same qualities shine through in My Squirrel Days, essays and funny stories from Kemper's childhood and career. From her upbringing in suburban St. Louis to her stuffed walrus Waldo to auditioning for Saturday Night Live, from the time she accidentally insulted Ricky Gervais at the Emmy Awards to when she offered a maxi pad to Steve Carrell, 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 mum'. Having previously written for GQ, Esquire and The Onion, Ellie Kemper's voice is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modern life. My Squirrel Days promises to be as hilarious and as joyous as the best of her work on screen.
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EKonrad
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Mehso-so

It's hard to classify - not really enough grit or substance for a memoir, but maybe could be viewed as more of a collection of humor essays. The chapters jump around; I liked getting a look at different areas of her life, but it felt way too scrambled to keep jumping back and forth to different times. Of course, Kemper is very funny but I don't think her self-deprecation and bubbling energy really come through successfully. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

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Charityann
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Enjoying this audiobook by a fellow native Midwesterner.😁

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Decalino
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Pickpick

Any fan of The Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will enjoy this entertaining memoir. I learned lots of new details about Ellie Kemper such as that she went to Princeton (impressive!) and that she does not always wash her hands after using the bathroom (why would you tell me that?! Ew!) A fun, quirky read.

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JenlovesJT47
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Bailedbailed

I like Ellie Kemper, but after starting this today it just came across as one of the ditzy characters she plays telling a story that has no point. Nothing personal against her, but these days I still have so many books on my TBR that if something doesn‘t grab me right away, I‘m out.

Avanders 🤔 I‘m hearing a lot of that... bummer 🤷🏽‍♀️ 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Panpan

Ok, I think Ellie Kemper is quirky and cute, definitely my style! I love her on The Office and have watched some Kimmy episodes. Also, I enjoy celebrity memoirs, especially when the author reads the #audiobook. So, this should have worked for me, right? it didnt. 😔 still love Ellie but I wished I would have skipped her book! #ineverpanbooks

Booksnchill Agreed on this one! 6mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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Pickpick

I actually finished this yesterday but forgot to post. This isn‘t some deep insight into her life but that didn‘t mean I couldn‘t enjoy. Funny quick stories from her life that had me chuckling. Also you can see herself shine through her characters after reading this. I could see myself being friends with her; we share the same sense of humor and love of many things! 😁

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Pamwurtzler
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Mehso-so

Meh. My kid says I need to watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and then I‘d like this book better. I did laugh out loud once.

TK421 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is fantastic. I bet you would like it.😊 7mo
Pamwurtzler @TK421 I‘m definitely going to give it a try. 7mo
Karkar You will have to let me know what you think of it. I think it is great. 7mo
PrezBookster The show is great.. this is meh so far, but the show is good! 7mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

The thing about all these comedians writing memoirs is they haven‘t finished their Careers yet. In this case there were some good stories. But overall it felt too early. Kemper has done some great work but she is young and this felt a little premature.

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BookishBlonde12
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The Office is one of my favorite shows. So when I saw that Ellie Kemper came out with a book, I had to read it! @Asommers got me a signed edition for Christmas! 🥳

4 ✨‘s

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rabbitprincess
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I found this an amusing way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Laughed out loud more than I expected to and related to Ellie's discussions of snacks 😂 Fans of her work may get even more out of it than I did!

saresmoore Yay! Sounds great! 9mo
rabbitprincess @saresmoore Hope you like it! I blitzed through it but it could be read in multiple sittings. 9mo
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rabbitprincess
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"In addition to getting angry when I am hungry, I also do not find it easy to adapt to changes in plans."
This plus the schedule Ellie made for herself (pictured) when she was seven further convinces me that we would get along well ?

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rabbitprincess
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"I live in a near-constant state of fear that I have accidentally offended the person with whom I am communicating. Why did she only use a period when advising me to have a good day?"

And yessss somebody else who types out laughter rather than using LOL ?

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rabbitprincess
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"I have learned that an Author must write what She knows. And I, for one, happen to know a lot about snacks."

Ellie Kemper and I would get along very well! I am motivated primarily by snacks ?

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rabbitprincess
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Starting this impulse borrow -- squirrels have been a running joke at work for the past few months, so when I saw this in the library catalogue I had to borrow it! I don't have a plush squirrel to read with, so my plush rabbit will have to do.

saresmoore I think you might need a squirrel stuffie! I crocheted one for my grandmother because she hates them for eating the bird seed from her feeders and shoots them with squirt guns. 😆🐿 Anyhoo... I‘ve had my eye on this book, so look forward to your review! 9mo
rabbitprincess @saresmoore Haha! Yes, I did see a squirrel stuffie on my trip to Scotland but for some reason didn't buy it. A friend of mine has a trailer whose roof was colonized by a squirrel, so he doesn't like them that much either...so naturally we make squirrel references ALL THE TIME 😂 9mo
squirrelbrain I have PLENTY of squirrels if you wish to borrow one for the duration! 🐿❤️🤣 9mo
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rabbitprincess @squirrelbrain Aww thanks! 😊 I thought of you too when this book came in for me! 9mo
squirrelbrain You‘ll have to let me know what you think, as I haven‘t read it. It gets mixed reviews on here.... 9mo
rabbitprincess @squirrelbrain Yeah, the Litsy rating is low. I am finding it amusing and personally relatable. And this is without having seen either the US Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! 9mo
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TofuandBooks
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Pickpick

Great audiobook. A little boring at times but never for too long. Love her.

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rjsthumbelina
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Mehso-so

This wasn't really a great memoir- her story isn't great or moving. But I listened to it on #audiobook, and Ellie Kemper did the reading for it. So it was basically her talking. Not my favorite, but it passed the time while I drove and made me chuckle. Listened on #Scribd

Oh, and also this was my last book for my Goodreads challenge! Go me: 75/75 books read in 2018

Lovesbooks87 Yay! Congrats! 🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚 9mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 9mo
RaimeyGallant Congrats! 9mo
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rjsthumbelina
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My #25in5 progress so far. I have finished 2 books: Princess and Leave No Trace. The other 2 are my current main audiobooks. And none of these cost me anything! Woohoo! The studios and Princess are from #scribd and the other was borrowed from the #BN I work at. Score 1 for free, good books!

PerksOfBeingABookworm What do you think of My Squirrel Days? 9mo
amb I loved the Amanda Lovelace collection! 9mo
rjsthumbelina @PerksOfBeingABookworm I'm not blown away by it yet. But it is a fun audiobook for in the car, since it's narrated by Ellie. I think I maybe would have given up on it if it wasn't her voice telling the stories. Her comedic timing is so good that it saves it for her 9mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm I listened to an interview she did on NPR. She seems so nice, but I also walked away thinking that her book could be hit or miss. Probably going to be an audiobook I borrow from the library :) 9mo
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Christine
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This delivered exactly what I was craving - lots of chuckle-inducing light and goofy anecdotes alongside some interesting details about Ellie Kemper‘s life. If you‘re a fan of her acting/characters, the audiobook is an on-brand delight.

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Booksnchill
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Mehso-so

Ok- so this is like listening to Kimmy Schmidt follow each thought in her head. Not really a memoir per se but it (I think) is scenes from Ellie Kemper‘s life. It is light and enjoyable but, after listening to several memoirs by comedians, not as well done. Still I say it is worth a listen- cannot imagine reading it - you need Ellie to read it to you. This one is on Libby. #NonFictionNovember

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Michollio
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She's funny, but I didn't really care about much of the stuff she was talking about, so I ended up doing a lot of skimming. I like the way she set up the chapters though.

#BookishBingo category: A wish comes true

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eloreads
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Mehso-so

3🌟
I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Office, so I had to pick it up. I read this as an audiobook and she reads it herself, which I think really brings out her humor and personality. While I found some parts really funny, there was nothing too interesting or fascinating as I have found in other memoirs.

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thebooksugar
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MelissaSue81
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Pickpick

I got this as a #netgalley ARC and really enjoyed it. I wasn‘t sure if I would.. After not loving either Tina Fey or Amy Poehler‘s Books (actually bailed on Amy‘s). But Ellie Kemper was genuine and didn‘t come off as trying too hard. I loved her bits on motherhood and also her embarrassing experiences career wise and other. Quick, fun reading.

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carriepaige
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Ellie Kemper‘s memoir matches my decor 💁🏻😆. Thanks @ScribnerBooks for this advance reader‘s edition! Getting ready for some laughs... #bookmail #goodreadsgiveaway #bookgiveaway

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GirlWellRead
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Let me preface this by saying I did enjoy parts of the book. Ellie is charming and you can't help but associate her with that infectious smile, but I feel like her life is not overly interesting. The "Hysteric" essay was the worst in the collection (total and unnecessary filler). My recommendation: listen to the audiobook rather than reading it because you would get to experience Kemper's fabulous personality and humour that was lost on the page.

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emilygatlin
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A crummy day is no match for Ellie Kemper's memoir! (I so needed this right now.)

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