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Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life | Ali Wong
Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad. In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even 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 single 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 gross) for all.
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dainarmb
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Enjoyed Ali Wong's letters to her daughters immensely. Her Asian American experience felt all too relatable!

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dainarmb
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Reminded again how much I enjoy Ali Wong's humor just two chapters in 😂 #currentlyreading

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dainarmb
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Received the disappointing news that I didn't get a job I had been excited about, so I partook in some retail therapy at my library's book sale shelf. Found some that have been on my TBR! 🤩 See any on your lists? #currentlyreading

EvieBee I‘m sorry about the news, but this consolation stack is impressive. 🤗 3mo
dainarmb @EvieBee 🥺 thank you so much! 3mo
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Nalbuque
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Quick, funny read. I like her stand ups better than i liked this book… but it was good. I enjoy hearing abt her experiences, not only in comedy but also in the world: being Asian, having kids, interacting with her relatives. Better than so-so.

AileenRR Agree, I liked her stand up specials more than the book 4mo
Nalbuque @AileenRR I need to rewatch them, but I remember a lot of laughs! I also liked her movie Be My Maybe! The book felt a bit… I dno, I like the “memoir” part but the humor in it wasn‘t that funny to me. 4mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I thought this was super funny and honest. I really enjoyed this book. This touched on a lot of subjects including race and being a woman. I love how honest and real this book was. She wrote about her life and experience without worrying about judgment or what anyone would think of her. Loved this book and love her!!

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ncsufoxes
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I think Ali Wong so I liked this book. She had some interesting points on traveling abroad in college (which I never got the chance to do). How people view successful women & other interesting topics. If you can handle some of her colorful descriptions & familiar with her stand up then you‘d be up to reading this book. This gives me my second bingo, yeah! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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canbku
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I know it's a memoir.... But this seemed to be all about Ali Wong on the road, rolling her eyes at guys who think they're funnier than her. I mean, yeah, I'm on board, but you can tell she's still ticked about it and that seems to give those losers too much rent-free space in her head.

jdiehr I bailed on this one, too. I found it very off-putting. 12mo
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DinoMom
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My last book which I finished just at 11pm last night was -The Flight Attendant - which was in between a Pick and So-So for me.
📚📖❤️

First read of 2021 is the tagged book and already hooked and only on the first part. However, crass humour is right up my alley!

#lastfirst @BookNAround

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Francknbeans
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The answers to making it, to me, are a lot more universal than anyone's race or gender, and center on having a tolerance for delayed gratification, a passion for the craft, and a willingness to fail.

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canbku
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Snagging one more book for 2020... And having fun with it! 📚 📖 📚

AileenRR Raunchy, but with sweet moments 😊 Enjoy! 13mo
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bibliocurl
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Kaarin
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Ali Wong is a treasure

KittyK I love her! And her husband sounds amazing 13mo
Kaarin @Kalex309 isn‘t she great? And he does! The fact that his dad brought the wall crawler toy to the US made me so happy in a way that surprised me! 😃 12mo
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TCLinrow
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#TBRChallenge #AudioBook #ABookThats

Ali Wong was at her brash, bawdy, and unapologetic finest in this book. I love her comedy and was excited to learn more about the woman off the stage - I was not disappointed! I loved the openness she offered about her experiences, the hilarity of her anecdotes and just the all around honesty.

I'm not big into memoirs and the like, but this one was excellent.

Continued ⬇️

TCLinrow One last thing, I've read a few reviews that didn't like the final chapter where her husband Justin offers his perspective, but I found it refreshing and interesting to see the story from his side. To me it was less of a justification as to why he chose to support her career over his own, and more about trying to address the stigma that exists around men supporting powerful women... and that is something that definitely needs addressing more. 13mo
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 amen! 13mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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It took a while to get into it; but it was hilarious and gives you a better look into her life and family. I also liked that her hubby does the afterward.

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Emilymdxn
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Absolutely one of the funniest things I‘ve ever read, I was laughing out loud while my boyfriend was trying to watch TV. Ali Wong is so honest, raunchy, open, and then insightful when you least expect it. Sometimes I was taken by surprise by how much I‘d learnt, about finding the best Vietnamese restaurants or even coping after a miscarriage, in and among some of the funniest writing I‘ve ever read.

#nfn2020 @Clwojick +20

ItsAnotherJen Sounds good! I need a funny book 🤗 1y
AlaMich I‘ve seen her standup specials and I can highly recommend them. She‘s hilarious! 1y
KVanRead Her Netflix romcom Always be my Maybe is really good too. Especially the hilarious Keanu cameo. 1y
Kaarin Thank you for this info! I‘ve been thinking about reading it & this def made me decide to pick it up! 1y
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Lauren_reading
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Ali Wong is hilarious. Her jokes are raunchy, sometimes immature and everything I love laughing at.

This book is a letter to her daughters. It‘s about her childhood, the struggles and her reflections. She talks about surviving the stand up comedy lifestyle and trapping their father. She does this with honesty and hilarious insights.

MaleficentBookDragon Thanks for the recommendation. I‘m on hold at the library. 1y
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sarahlandis
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I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. Wong wrote a lot about being a mother (obviously, this was written to her daughters) and pregnancy and birth, but also so much about being a broke young adult, living in different countries, eating good food, working as an artist. She is so funny, but also has profound- yet realistic- advice. I loved loved loved reading this.

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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

I know I‘m going to give this another chance later, just not audio and I can pretty much bank on the fact that my original thought of this being great will still be there because even at 40% into it, I knew it was good.

It had some great stories, antidotes but better than that, some pretty solid advice so I definitely recommend this one to anyone that that has no problem with a non filtered adult humor.

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vlwelser
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This girl is so funny. I definitely recommend this audiobook.

#BookSpinBingo free square
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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MEGR
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Super funny, laugh out loud audio book that I needed right now. BUT- I listened to it with headphones because i didn‘t want my kids and mother (who is visiting) to hear the colorful language 🤣

britt_brooke Good call on the headphones. 😂 I liked this one, too. 1y
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wo.ai.ni
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Ali Wong didn't disappoint. My month of college entrance pressure and academic problems was made somewhat enjoyable just because of this highly hilarious and crazily informative book. This is a fantastic guide to finding one's inner adventurer, locating a nice Asian restaurant and landing a great guy while simultaneously being gross and not giving two flying fucks about it because it is all default to becoming a human.

Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! 1y
wo.ai.ni @Mrs_B Thank you :) 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

Finished this #audiobook at the beach. I was somewhat underwhelmed by this 😔 The pros: Ali narrated the audio, she is super open, seems like a wonderful mother, her tales of her Asian-American family, and her relationship with her husband is sweet, as is he. The downside: I didn't laugh as much as I normally do with these types of #essays and I'm not sure why. I find Ali hysterical but some of the content just fell flat for me.

Cathythoughts Looks lovely where you are 1y
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ontheBL
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I instantly fell in love with Ali Wong in Baby Cobra. I like her even more after finishing her familiar yet fresh collection of letters to her daughters. Dear Girls is an exploration of all things human, but some of my favorite moments were the ones she speaks about her husband, family and motherhood. Wong never shies away from the gross. Boy does she dive right into the poo-poo of mommydom. https://onthebl.org/2020/07/25/dear-girls-by-ali-wong/

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Laru79
Mehso-so

Finished this a couple of days ago and I kind of liked it but also kind of only thought it was okay. Wong is definitely funny, and the book had sweet moments but her comedy is kind of crass, which I‘m less keen on. It makes me feel like such a prude but I am who I am. The idea of handing down life advice is nice though, I liked her take on it, giving stories of their family‘s history too.

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Macnjen
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It was not my thing at all, the funniest part was the dedication. Enjoyed the afterward, which is sad to say about a book. Maybe because I don‘t know her act or work or who she is, it wasn‘t funny or entertaining. It is a fast read for sure.

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Macnjen

Book club choice. So far not funny, gross and just plain rude. If it was funny I could forgive a lot, but so far, not even a giggle. I‘m bummed I spent money on this.

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7R3f6Wv_-E

Enjoy!

SheilaChew I love Ali Wong! I saw her live earlier this year - she is so funny! 2y
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kalinichta
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Been moving house & drawing out a particular 500+ page novel. But in the meantime, I did finish Ali Wong's book. Framed as a series of missives to her 2 young daughters, Wong puts forth the case for being unapologetically yourself, giving your all to what you love, grabbing hold of what the world has to offer, & not settling for anything less than the best in all areas of life. And, of course, it's funny.

Photo from Green Apple Books' Twitter.

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BookishTrish
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I went to the post office for the first time in two months to send #lmpbc parcels to @StayCurious and @FantasyChick and was treated to a hummingbird sighting on my walk home. 🐦

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ke1lbe1l
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Needed this. Fast read and made me laugh out loud. Do not skip the afterword by her husband. Ali Wong, thank you for bringing me this mental escape amidst quarantine.

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FashionableObserver

“...listen to Tracy Chapman. That bitch knows what it‘s like to miss somebody and make them promise to wait for your ass.” 🤣 That line made cackle!! I have been savoring this audiobook for WEEKS because I adore Ali Wong‘s humor and insight. I think today is going to be the day I finally give in and binge the rest. My god, she‘s hilarious!

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diovival
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Comedy specials, Netflix rom-com and now this book. Loved them all. Count me in on whatever's next for Ali Wong.

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patriciathang
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I fucking love Ali Wong. Just like her stand up, this book had me both cracking up and feeling incredibly seen. And I definitely recommend doing this on audio for the most complete Ali Wong experience as possible.

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diovival

"I'm your mother. I don't write fancy. I don't use words like 'facetious' or 'effusive.' I use words like 'doo-doo,' 'caca,' and 'punani.' Once I embraced that, these letters were an absolute pleasure to write."

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caitlin.reads.books
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I have been looking forward to reading Ali Wong‘s book for a while now as a fan of her comedy. It did not disappoint! 4⭐️

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strawbarikari
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A bit much...don‘t get me wrong, I LOVE Ali Wong‘s stand-up. However, I found this book (especially when listened to) to be full of self-serving vulgarity that took away from the genuineness and likability of the book. I just wish she‘d used the P-word less and spoke to her audience (and her daughters) more realistically and less like she has to prove how vulgar she can be.

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Jen2
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Funny!!!

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BookishTrish
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Almost done this super fun read. Who do I send it to? (Assuming I can get to a post office...) #lmpbc @Jemmygem @michellelav @StayCurious @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I think everyone will have read it now, so back to Renee? 2y
michellelav I've read it and so has @Jemmygem so yes I think back to Renee :) 2y
BookishTrish Excellent! Renee I‘ll send this back your way whenever I can next get to a post office 🏤 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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The perfect book to get me out of my reading slump. I love how the book is actually a series of letters written to her daughters. Funny & engaging, she definitely has a raunchy sense of humour. I also love her relationship with her husband. As with most celebrity memoirs, I imagine this to be even better in audio format. A great pick @StayCurious #lmpbc @BookishTrish @michellelav @Jemmygem

Jemmygem I really enjoyed it too xoxo 2y
StayCurious Makes up for my pick with City of Girls haha 2y
sudi I love this one 2y
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FashionableObserver

I‘m listening to this book while doing housework (🙄). I just stopped sorting laundry to throw up the praise hands 🙌🏾 as Ali talked about the beauty of Asian men. I‘ve always considered myself an “international lover” of sorts. I was raised to believe that gorgeous is gorgeous in any color. If you‘re kind, compassionate, intelligent, and funny, we can definitely hang out! Wow. Thats a deep thought for such a hilarious listen! 😂❤️

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CocaNicola
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I picked this one never having heard of Ali Wong, so I wasn‘t sure what I was getting into. I liked the cover and the idea of letters to her daughters. I listened to the audiobook which was read by the author. There are some funny stories, some sweet stories, and definitely a very raunchy brand of comedy. It was alright.

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Jemmygem

#LMPBC so I have been behind but now I am all caught up, Danielle I have sent you the 2 books as we are all to stay home reading books rather then to news might be better for our health. Stay safe team Canada and I'm sending love and good vibes your way too xoxo

StayCurious I have the Mars book ready for @michellelav but I haven‘t been able to get to the post office. I will soon hopefully! 2y
michellelav @StayCurious No worries! This is a weird time for all of us. Stay home and safe, I have a bookshelf of TBR until then! No rush 💕 2y
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nelehelen
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4/5
Much funnier than expected! I find Ali Wong‘s stand-up uncomfortable but funny. This book was the same. There were definitely times when I cringed, but many times where I laughed out loud. Living in San Francisco now, I enjoyed her childhood stories in the Bay and appreciated the realistic advice she gives her two girls. It really allowed me to connect with her as a real person.

#Booked2020 #MakesYouLOL

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m not familiar with her brand but I could use an LOL listen xx thanks for the recommendation 2y
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Jemmygem
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This book was awesome I knew I would love it as I loved her specials. Enjoyable and easy read. #LMPBC great choice @BookishTrish @michellelav @StayCurious @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Will be sending to @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego tomorrow

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looking forward to it! 2y
michellelav I enjoyed this one too!! 2y
BookishTrish I can‘t wait! 2y
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sebrittainclark
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3.5/5

As always, Ali Wong is super funny in this memoir. She talks a lot about her life and career before her Netflix special. I definitely recommend the audio book, since she narrates it.

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