Year of Yes

Year of Yes Cover

Year of Yes

How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

By Shonda Rhimes

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476777092, 336pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Description
In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" and executive producer of "How to Get Away with Murder" reveals how saying YES changed her life and how it can change yours too.
She's the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today: "Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder." Her iconic characters Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes, the mega talent who owns Thursday night television (#TGIT), is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could "avoid" public appearances? That she hugged walls at splashy parties and suffered panic attacks before media interviews so severe she remembered nothing afterward?
Before her Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept. With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV, it was easy to say that she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a chicken bone across a room; petrified of live television appearances where Shonda Rhimes could trip and fall and bleed out right there in front of a live studio audience; terrified of the difficult conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen. In the "before," Shonda's introvert life revolved around burying herself in work, snuggling her children, and comforting herself with food.
And then, on Thanksgiving 2013, Shonda's sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: "You never say yes to anything."
The comment sat like a grenade, until it detonated. Then Shonda, the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family, knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.
This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda's life "before" her Year of Yes from her nerdy, book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her (like Cristina Yang, whose ultimate goal wasn t marriage, and Cyrus Beene, who is a Republican "and "gay). And it chronicles her life "after "her Year of Yes had begun when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech; when she learned to say yes to her health, yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.
This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes, an unexpected introvert, achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. And how you can, too.


About the Author
Shonda Rhimes is the critically acclaimed and award-winning creator and executive producer of the hit television series "Grey s Anatomy", "Private Practice", and "Scandal" and the executive producer of "How to Get Away With Murder". Her writing credits also include "Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement", "Crossroads", and "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge". Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature with Creative Writing and received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship. Rhimes was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, and now runs her production company, Shondaland, from Los Angeles, where she lives with her three daughters.


NPR
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder says she has fought to get important images � like same-sex couple love scenes � on air. More at NPR.org

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Monday, Nov 9, 2015

The creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal says despite the success of her shows, her life "had gotten really small," so she decided to step out of her comfort zone. Year of Yes is her new memoir. More at NPR.org

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