So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018 | Unabridged
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This program is read by the author. In this hilarious audiobook essay collection, Parks and Recreation star Retta shares the stories that led to her success in Hollywood. In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she's always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese). Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents through a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hollywood to star in her own sitcom-like her comedy heroes Lucille Ball and Roseanne. Say what? Word. Turns out Retta might actually be on to something. After winning Comedy Central's stand-up competition, she should be ready for prime time-but a fear of success derails her biggest dream. Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling "dirty" jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, or expertly stalking the cast of "Hamilton," Retta's unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you'll cry. Her eponymous sitcom might not have happened yet, but by the end of So Close to Being the Sh*t, listeners will be rooting for Retta to be the next one-named wonder to take over your television. And she just might inspire you to reach for the stars, too.
Publisher: [United States] : Macmillan Audio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 57 min.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Retta,
hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781427289377
1427289379

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Get the scoop on the woman behind the awesome Donna Meagle, P&R office employee supreme. Retta narrates her book in a lively, chatty sort of way that had me lingering to hear what happens next. Available from Hoopla and Overdrive.


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JGile
Sep 23, 2019

If you enjoyed Parks & Rec, The Good Girls, or any of the (sadly few) other projects that Retta has been involved with, you really should check out her recent memoir. She talks about her childhood as the daughter of Liberian immigrants, her college years, and breaking into Hollywood. She doesn't hesitate to name drop and tells all the stories you hope she will about her time on Parks & Rec and her Hamilton obsession (ok, maybe there are stories she skips, but she drops enough names that hopefully you'll walk away satisfied). If you enjoyed Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, or any other recent comediennes' forays into memoir, please add Retta to your list. She is laugh-out-loud funny, and really has been "so close to the sh*t, you don't even know"!

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