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  • Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Description: xix, 311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 19 cm
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781476777092
  • 1476777098
  • 9781476777122
  • 1476777128


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Year of yes

by Rhimes, Shonda.

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Call number: 921 Rhimes, Shonda

Westgate call number: Adult Book / Nonfiction / Biography / Entertainment & Performing Arts / Rhimes, Shonda

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Traverwood Adult

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The creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" details the one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life, revealing how accepting unexpected invitations she would have otherwise declined enabled powerful benefits.

On Thanksgiving Day, 2013, Rhimes' sister told her: "You never say yes to anything." This became a wake-up call-- and a challenge. Rhimes details her one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life. She reveals how accepting unexpected invitations she would have otherwise declined enabled powerful benefits. When she learned to say yes to life, she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self.

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Year of Yes

Year of Yes is television writer Shonda Rhimes' account of her transformation from a reclusive, fearful life to a life of joy and 'freedom'. She chronicles the events in her life after she decided to say 'yes' to anything that would have previously been too intimidating or frightening.

This was an enjoyable book to read, once you got past the idiosyncratic grammar. However, maybe because this was the second memoir in a row that I read by a less-than-inspiring person, it became less enjoyable the farther I got in to it. At first, the book was inspiring: as an introvert, with fairly conservative tendencies, my first response to nearly everything is 'no.' For a while, it was a good reminder to push myself past my comfort zone, as they say. But then I got kind of annoyed with Rhimes: it's one thing to have a high opinion of yourself, but it's another to let everyone know that you do. I value the virtue of humility more than most people do, and am annoyed when others don't. Rhimes definitely failed in that regard. Perhaps the real reason, in the end, that I disliked the book is that her "Year of Yes" was nothing more than a series of 'yesses' to herself, rather than to others. While I firmly believe in the value of being the best possible version of yourself - which often entails they type of 'yesses' that Rhimes made - the whole purpose of becoming a better person is to know, love and serve God in this world. Improving yourself is meaningless if not in the context of serving God and others. Without this, Rhimes' transformation - while good in itself - loses much of its impact.

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