In the author’s note at the beginning of the book, Ellie talks about how she was stressed because she didn’t know if she had enough interesting content to put into the book:
“You see, Reader, I knew that I had some great wisdom to offer you, but I worried that I did not have enough great wisdom to give to you. And this worry very nearly destroyed me.”
I’m thinking maybe she was right. Some of the chapters just seemed like filler and weren’t very interesting.
There’s nothing all too interesting about her life story, to be honest. She had a good life and it’s different because she’s famous. But her path to fame was very smooth and it seemed as if she pretty much sailed through life. So it really isn’t all that interesting to read about. It’s not a motivational book and it really wasn’t very funny either, unfortunately.
The tiny bits that were able to catch a bit of my interest were when she talked about her time on The Office and when she talked about being a mom. The parts involving The Office didn’t even capture too much of my interest, even though I really liked that show. And she barely talked about being a mom.
I didn’t enjoy this book much at all. I ended up skimming through most of it. I, unfortunately, don’t think I would recommend this book.
About the book
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.