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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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azulaco
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I enjoyed this book! It‘s a quick read, and I liked the essay format. I think Ali Wong is hilarious on American Housewife. Her standup is a little raw for me, but funny. Her voice comes through wonderfully in this book.

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Heatherfeather
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Funny and honest and filthy and entertaining (did I mention filthy?) 🤣😁

BookDragonNotWorm You had me at filthy! Now I have to read it! 😂 5d
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Jess7
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4/5 stars! Highly recommend. I didn‘t know a lot about Ali Wong besides seeing her in Always be my Maybe, which I loved. I watched her two Netflix specials in preparation for this book, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife. I laughed a lot. Some parts of sort of raunchy, but I still really enjoyed it. Even the parts that weren‘t funny were interesting. I even really liked the afterword written by her husband. Audiobook was good too! #jpbookreview

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Citra182
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Finished Circe (which I absolutely loved!) and now on to Ali Wong‘s Dear Girls. I loved her in Always Be My Maybe. Looking forward to laughing, crying, and learning some life lessons!

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michellelav
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This book is written to her two daughter in the form of letters. I must admit I had never watched her Netflix stand ups so I was worried I wouldn't relate but it was so Charming, charismatic and heartwarming. I was laughing out loud way more than I had anticipated! I suggest this book for people who enjoy humor and depth in a memoir. (Pic taken around Christmas)

#LMPBC #groupx @StayCurious @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Jemmygem @BookishTrish

StayCurious Glad you enjoyed it! 2w
michellelav @StayCurious I did!! Thank you for picking this one 💖 2w
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NovelGirl82
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It has been a long week, I‘ve got a headache, & the hubby is at work. It felt like a good night for a milk bath with headache relieving essential oils & an audiobook!

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DimeryRene
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Just as great as her stand up! 😂

readordierachel I really liked her Netflix rom-com, Always Be My Maybe. 2w
DimeryRene @readordierachel I‘ve been wanting to watch that!!! 1w
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singsweetseraphim
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I listened to Ali Wong read the audiobook and while it‘s a perfect match to her Netflix specials, her tone and word choices wear you down after a while. Definitely read in pieces, rather than a binge. Don‘t listen out loud 😂.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Ali Wong writes a book to her daughters, but mostly about her life and her comedy. Funny and very much in the vain of her comedy specials.

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BookishRedhead
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First book of the year hitting off!
Funny and honest.
Ali is a hoot

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Cfmamareads
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Hilarious! Don‘t listen on speaker. NSFW. Ali Wong is absolutely hilarious and open and fun. It was such an enjoyable audiobook that will have you laughing out loud.

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Jilly6183
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I love Ali Wong so much. This book is brutally honest and hilarious in Ali‘s over the top and crass way, and still serves as a lovely tribute to her daughters. And the last chapter by her husband made me melt.

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Eggbeater
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1st book completed for the #24B42020 #readathon. This book is a great mood lifter. Ali Wong is hilarious and irreverent. Her daughters are lucky to have her, though they will likely be grossed out by mommy's TMI. She does not hold back when it comes to the graphic details of motherhood and she shouldn't have to. 😂

@TheReadingMermaid @andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 👏👏👏 4w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I think I might have enjoyed this more if I had not read so many autobiographies this year. They are not having the same impact anymore. This was funny, and a lot of good things to think about regarding race, fertility, and feminism. I just didn't I laugh as much as I thought I would.

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kyraleseberg
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😂😂😂 Ah, motherhood.

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kyraleseberg
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Library haul for the upcoming week 🙌🎉

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Merethebookgal
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This book was fun! I haven‘t seen any of Wong‘s stand up specials, but I loved “Always Be My Maybe” on Netflix, and now I feel like I know all about her. Funny, at times gross, and at other times educational, this book was written as letters to her young daughters, which starts w/ a disclaimer for them to not read it until they‘re at least 21 lol. I‘d definitely recommend the audiobook and I‘ll be adding her stand up to my Netflix queue for sure!

Seekingtardis I love her stand up and I wasn‘t sure how the book would turn out but I am very glad to hear that it‘s good!! I‘ll be adding it to my list asap! 1mo
Merethebookgal @Seekingtardis I hope you like it! 1mo
Lizpixie Her stand up is hilarious! I‘m not big on comedians, only like a few like Billy Connolly, Tommy Tiernan, Robin Williams & her. She‘s fabulous. And so so filthy🤭 1mo
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Merethebookgal @Lizpixie The book was pretty filthy, so I can only imagine what her standup‘s like! 😆 1mo
Lizpixie @Merethebookgal if you‘re not comfortable with profanity & graphic talk of vaginas, I‘d give it a miss! Otherwise, enjoy. They‘re both on Netflix👍 1mo
NovelGirl82 I just bought this the other day! I absolutely love her stand up and can‘t wait to read this! 1mo
Merethebookgal @Lizpixie That‘s like the whole book 😂 1mo
Merethebookgal @NovelGirl82 Yay! Hope you like it! 1mo
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Moonprismpower
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If you are a fan of Ali Wong‘s Netflix specials you will laugh at her book Dear Girls. I love her candid comedy and when I first saw her special Baby Cobra a few months back I was rolling on the floor with laughter. She talks dirty and I die in hysterics.
👍🏼👍🏼
Wong started out performing more raunchy comedic bits and it shows in this book so if you are not into that you should pass on this one.
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#aliwong #comedians #comedy

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Moonprismpower
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“I‘m a sucker for a drunk seagull best friend....[and] I still find my feelings about King Triton confusing. He looks like Santa with abs and a tail.” -138
Who doesn‘t love The Little Mermaid?

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StayCurious
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Jemmygem Looking forward to reading her 1mo
michellelav I got the book and plan to start this weekend! 1mo
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Verity
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I don‘t think I‘d want to know this much about my mum‘s sex life, but it‘s a great framing device for the rest of us. Funny, and touching, with a lot to say about the Asian-American experience as well as standup comedy (and that separation is deliberate - because she‘s very clear about that)

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CharismaRaven13

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 4 Stars out of 5. Its funny just like her stand.-up routine.

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cariashley
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This was such a great listen. I‘m a huge fan of her raunchy standup comedy and loved her Netflix movie so was obviously going to be a fan of this. The afterword by her husband was a pleasant surprise too.

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

Maybe today‘s comedy isn‘t for me. I don‘t like most (maybe any) men or any sitcoms, but was hopeful for this book. The only mainstream comedy book I‘ve enjoyed in the last five years was Tina Fey, who is more subtle and sarcastic. More my thing.

This book was just too constantly vulgar even if she did make a lot of funny points.

I did love the afterward by her husband. It‘s everything I hoped Ali‘s part would be. 3⭐️

JamieArc Have you watched her comedy specials? I‘m curious if you liked those and this book wasn‘t as good? 2mo
Megabooks @JamieArc I have Baby Cobra in my “to watch” list, but haven‘t seen it yet. I don‘t pay attention to much TV. It‘s often on in the background but rarely really watched. Broken on Netflix is the only thing I‘ve really watched recently (and I recommend it highly)! (edited) 2mo
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Sungirl79
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I haven‘t laughed so hard in a long time!! She is hilarious!! If you don‘t like raunchy humor this is not the book for you.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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An entertaining and heartfelt memoir in the format of letters to her daughters (in the future, as there is definitely content here that is not for kids!). She gives life advice (especially crucial is the section on choosing Asian restaurants), tells the story of working her ass off in stand up comedy, how she and her husband met, her miscarriage, her brother/ eccentric uncle Andrew, teenage shenanigans, and more. Her husband has a cute afterword.

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annkuch13
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I really like Ali Wong's humor, so this was a fun listen. It was neat to get more personal stories, especially about here in college. The premise of writing letters to her daughters made a good framework for the book. I can't remember who, but another litsy user mentioned that the afterword by her husband felt off. I totally agree. It was interesting and sweet but overall felt unnecessary.

TW: miscarriage (not detailed but it is discussed a bit)

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Funny, heartfelt, and vulnerable so far. #AwesomeAudiobooks

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britt_reads
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I definitely recommend the audiobook (but probably not in public)! If you‘re already a fan of Ali, then you are aware that her humor is raunchy, and she definitely doesn‘t hold back here. Her daughters will be horrified when they hear her stories! This book is hilarious, but also filled with refreshingly honest and heartfelt advice and encouragement for her girls. I devoured it.

First #TBRRead finished for #WinterGames #TeamFozziwig

BarkingMadRun 16 points! 2mo
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jb72
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Because I have no self control at the library.

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Smrloomis
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Like others I did not like the afterward by her husband and chose to skip that part. Otherwise this was laugh out loud funny and I had to stop listening to it in public so as not to appear dangerous to other commuters. It is of course littered with the f-word and references to sex and drugs. If you‘re a fan, you won‘t be surprised by that. For those who enjoy her comedy, I definitely recommend the audio!

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Sungirl79
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Starting this one today!!! I am ready to laugh!!

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Sarahandhella
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Same energy Marvel and Ali Wong. Enjoying this book, she cracks me up.

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Lydiamansel
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Funny and surprisingly sweet

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wine.tea._and_paper
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I listened to the audiobook version of Dear Girls and I was so so happy to find out that Ali was the narrator! Having her read her own book to me was an experience that cannot be topped!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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UnabridgedPod
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I was about two minutes in to listening to Ali Wong's Dear Girls (I listened on @scribd) when I realized this would be an earbuds-in production. Raunchy and real, Wong's memoir goes full on with words that I hope my boys don't say. I loved it!!!! Wong is writing here to her daughters, sharing her life experience and advice for her girls as they grow. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod She addresses everything from the inequities in her half-Vietnamese, half-Chinese heritage; her stand-up career; her sex life AND her life love; her siblings; her rules for ethnic dining . . . and so much more! The book is honest and tender, and I'm so glad that I listened--Wong's narration of her own story is so much fun to hear in her own words. 2mo
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danimgill
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Sunday morning is for starting new cross stitch projects and finishing funny memoirs 🌿

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Melismatic
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If you‘re already a fan, this is a cute quick read but it‘s more of a journal than a memoir.

If you aren‘t already a fan, you‘ll be happier watching her comedy special, ‘Baby Cobra‘.

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Bookjunkie57
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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amma-keep-reading
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Loved this! Unique concept, a memoir formatted as letters from Ali Wong to her daughters. And final emotional touch, the afterward written by her husband.

Emilymdxn I love Ali Wong too! 3mo
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Bookish_B
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If you know her humor & like it, this will not disappoint. If you‘re not familiar with her be forewarned she is raunchy, vulgar & crass. So, not for the easily offended. Still, she speaks about tough subjects in an honest and hilarious way. I especially related to, and enjoyed, the sections about immigrants and experiencing other cultures. I don‘t know that I‘d want my mother telling ALL the things she shares here, but that‘s just me 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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CoffeeCatsBooks
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This book is a series of letters to her two daughters, which they are not to read until they are 21. She talks about growing up in San Fran, moving to NYC, dating, Vietnam, parents, being a working mom, and more.

I picked this up because I think her stand-up is hilarious, even if a bit too explicit for me. The book was the same although she touched on some difficult topics like her miscarriage. Brutally honest. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#NFNov

rsteve388 6 pts 3mo
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StayCurious
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#LMPBC Round 7 #GroupX #TeamCanada @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @BookishTrish @Jemmygem @michellelav I‘ve decided to go with this book. Her Netflix specials are pretty funny so hopefully the book will be too.

BookishTrish Awesome! I‘m looking forward to it 3mo
michellelav Can't wait! 3mo
Jemmygem Awesome... i have watched her Netflix a few times she's hilarious 3mo
michellelav I got the book! Can't wait to read it 😊 1mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ A letter to her girls, but probably not until they‘re adults. It‘s funny & brash as expected, but what I really enjoyed were the stories about growing up with her Vietnamese mom & Chinese dad. We can all benefit from hearing about different cultures.

I could‘ve done without the epilogue by her husband. It felt like a weird justification of how he gave up his career to support hers. Whatever, dude. No one thinks you‘re less of a man.

Megabooks Lol on the epilogue!! 🙄😂 3mo
vivastory 😂😂 What @Megabooks said 3mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks @vivastory 😆💁🏼‍♀️ 3mo
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seglitis
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Loving this!!!

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Smrloomis
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Silently cry-laughing in the metro probably makes me look insane. Totally worth it. @TheBookStacker

TheBookStacker 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 3mo
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