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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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StayCurious
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Jemmygem Looking forward to reading her 2d
michellelav I got the book and plan to start this weekend! 2d
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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? 7d
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) 6d
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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! 2w
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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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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. 1mo
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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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Mehso-so

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! 1mo
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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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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

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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 1mo
michellelav Can't wait! 1mo
Jemmygem Awesome... i have watched her Netflix a few times she's hilarious 1mo
michellelav I got the book! Can't wait to read it 😊 3d
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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!! 🙄😂 1mo
vivastory 😂😂 What @Megabooks said 1mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks @vivastory 😆💁🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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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 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 2mo
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Nevertoobusyforbooks
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I need something light and funny after a heavy read. I think this book will do the trick!

Lcsmcat Welcome to Litsy! I hope it becomes your happy place, as it is mine. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Welcome to Litsy! Excited to hear your thoughts on the book. Tag me when you finish so I make sure and see your review. 🤓 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Lcsmcat It's definitely my happy place. 2mo
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Nevertoobusyforbooks Thanks for the warm welcome! This is definitely becoming my happy place as well 😃 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great photo 📸 ! Haven‘t read the book, but have heard her talk, so funny! 2mo
Nevertoobusyforbooks @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! I‘m really enjoying the book. If you like her stand up than there‘s a good chance you‘ll like her book as well. 2mo
Nute A friend of mine recommended a movie in which she had the starring role. It was cute and she was funny! 1mo
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Preciouz29
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I have mixed feelings about this book, but I think it‘s because I‘m not a mother. At the beginning, I was like “whoa Ali, TMI!” But then I was like, “ok, I feel you!”

I was talking to my sis who did say that it hits a lot harder if you‘re also a working mom cause you know exactly what she‘s saying when she talks about exploding poop and afterbirth.

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If you've seen Ali Wong's stand-up, you know she can be raunchy and brutally honest. That holds true of this memoir, too. She writes letters to her two young daughters, explaining herself, her past, and her work, her struggles in the male-dominated comedy world. Always interesting and often laugh-out-loud funny.

[I received an advanced e-galley from Netgalley.]

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Tera66
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I am now a solid Ali Wong Fan! She does not hold back, she tells it exactly as she sees it with the exact language she wants to use! I found this book funny and relatable. 😊

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Smrloomis
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Whaaa? There‘s a book out by Ali Wong??? I NEED the audio right now! YES, I‘M YELLING! 🤯😬😂

TheBookStacker I preordered the audiobook! 5 days till it‘s released! Can‘t wait!!!!!! 2mo
Smrloomis @TheBookStacker oooh, good idea, I may have to pre-order too! 2mo
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balletbookworm
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A so-so rolled up to 🤘🏻- I did snort-laugh many times. If you like Ali Wong‘s stand-up, this continues a lot of jokes and themes from her specials (she does a lot of raunch humor about body fluids and sex but also does a lot of jokes about the grossness of pregnancy/motherhood that kind of gets swept under the rug). The format of letters to her daughters is a little odd since they‘re quite small now but it does make some of the pieces endearing.

balletbookworm I didn‘t quite get the necessity of the Afterword from her husband; it was nice, but tonally weird. There is also a joke that occurs late in one of the last chapters which perpetuates the stereotype of multiple personality disorder and violence which is very 😬😬😬. 3mo
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rather_be_reading
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Just realized I didnt post my review for this one!! It is one of the funniest books\memoir I ever read! While reading it I could just picture and hear her voice. This will be fantastic on audio!

essayareayaitch Can't wait for the audio, which comes out in October. I might end up doing another book with audio duplicate 3mo
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Finally the sun is starting to set earlier and there is a slight breeze! Perfect to read Ali Wong on the porch

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rather_be_reading
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When this is the dedication you know its gonna be hilarious!

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rather_be_reading
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Book 115 of 2019
#arc #ebook #netgalley
Thank you Netgalley!!

Thndrstd I‘m reading this now. Enjoying it. Love her. 4mo
Schuhbox I love her! I didn‘t know she had a book coming out! 4mo
JadeBethJ I freaking love her stand up. Especially since I was preggo and she‘s been preggo in both specials 4mo
Addicted_to_books I love her stand up! Can‘t wait to read her book. 4mo
Izaday this would be a good audiobook 4mo
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rather_be_reading
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Anyone else love her??! Cant wait for this in October!

brilliantglow She is absolutely hilarious 5mo
Sungirl79 Yeah!!! Can‘t wait!!! 5mo
LogiKitty Always be my maybe was so good 😍 5mo
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rather_be_reading @LogiKitty i love her standup! 4mo
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