So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she’s always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese).Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents for a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hol...


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TitleSo Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know
ISBN9781250109347
Author
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor
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Reviews So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

  • abby
    1970-01-01
    Before Retta delivered the most memorable line Parks and Recreation, she was cast as a character that didn't have a single line in the pilot. Before that, she traveled across the country doing stand up to college students, sometimes next to the smoothie bar in the dining hall. And before that, she was a premed student at Duke and the child of Liberian immigrants who put family above all else.I'm not even going to pretend. I chose this book not ou...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.Confession: I had absolutely no idea who Retta was and I have never watched one episode of Parks and Recreation. But I like to read something light and So Close to Being the Shit Y'all Don't Even Know once again proved that laughter is the best medicine. This book isn't set to hit stores until June but my very public outbursts of laughing until my sides hurt caused severa...
  • Valerity (Val)
    1970-01-01
    I was very much in the need for some humor and this memoir fits the bill. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this new book by Marietta Sirleaf aka ‘Retta as I’m not that familiar with her. I do get the whole PARKS AND REC connection but haven’t seen the series. But count me as a new fan of hers after reading her memoir. She’s smart, having a college degree from a major university. Her folks immigrated from Liberia and raised her to b...
  • Alaina Meserole
    1970-01-01
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.I AM IN LOVE WITH RHETTA!I haven't even seen the show Parks and Recreation BUT I do know the "treat yo self" line! I say it all the time to myself.. when I'm looking at books.Now I honestly don't know how many nonfiction books I've read before this one.. but I do know that I enjoyed them at one point if not the whole book. Before I dive into this review, let me tell you.. I loved this b...
  • Erin Cataldi
    1970-01-01
    This book was a damn treat! I feel like I'm in the Parks and Rec Book Club because I HAVE TO read all the books they write. I'm so glad Retta joined their ranks because this book is a roller coaster of amazing. There is some real heartfelt shit in there, but it's also so down to earth and funny. I straight up felt like she was my best friend after this. Each chapter is an essay about some aspect of her life; from her addiction to designer bags, h...
  • Jason
    1970-01-01
    In short: this was EXACTLY what I needed to read right now. Super entertaining and very funny. I was definitely THAT GUY on the subway who was giggling and smiling big (and then looking around like a crazy person to see if people were staring at me like a crazy person). And I never imagined that if i met Retta I'd yell "Treat Yo Self" or ask her to say it to me...but I would DEFINITELY NOT do that now after reading this. :)
  • Reg Mars
    1970-01-01
    If you know me, you know that I am a huge Parks and Recreation fan. I had no idea Retta was coming out with an autobiography. I had to request it right away from Netgalley. I am so happy that I ended up getting approved for this. It was such a fun read. I don't know a lot about Retta besides that she was a character on Parks and Recreation but I ended up learning so much about her from this book. I loved how open she was about everything. I feel ...
  • Kayla Hollis
    1970-01-01
    Amy Poehler's blurb stating that this book "feels like a real conversation" was spot-on. I do feel like I was just shooting the breeze with Retta over some drinks. That said, it was a pleasant conversation that left me loving Retta even more, but as far as books go - as far as celebrity books in particular - it was good but underwhelming. Maybe I expected to be cackling with laughter at every turn and am just disappointed that that's not what I g...
  • Brittany
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to read this because I loved Parks and Rec, and since I had already read Amy Poehler’s memoir and Aziz Ansari’s book, I knew I would have to read this one as well. And I was not disappointed. I usually prefer to listen to the audiobooks of these comedian memoirs, so in my head the entire book was narrated by Retta herself, and it was fabulous. She talks a little bit about her life growing up as the daughter of immigrants, and how she...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed learning more about my snapchat, coffee addicted faux friend (I am determined that one day we really will be friends). This books is great for anyone; there is a chapter that everyone can find something to relate to. From coffee, to the hardships of being in friend's weddings, to hockey love, to the fandom and insane admiration of Hamilton, this book has it all. Retta is gloriously funny, as she describes daily life in her world....
  • Lelia Nebeker
    1970-01-01
    I was already in love with Retta when I started listening to the audiobook of her memoir, which covers everything from the actor's time on Parks & Rec, her obsession with Hamilton, loving hockey, struggles with her weight, running into Robert Redford, and more. Retta somehow makes you feel like she's a total star--like Michael Fassbender is lucky if she deigns to respond to his greeting--and like she's your best friend talking to you over margari...
  • Carissa
    1970-01-01
    I was VERY excited when I won a Goodreads giveaway for this book. Thanks, Goodreads! I have been a Retta fan since Parks and Rec. This is one of the more enjoyable celeb memoirs that I have read recently. It was funny and honest, and now I kind of wish we could be friends. I think I watch too many of her Instagram stories because I kept imagining her voice in my head as I was reading. (I am sure the audiobook version will be extra awesome.) If yo...
  • Tiffany
    1970-01-01
    One of the best books I have read this year! I laughed out loud numerous times, I said to myself "girl, I feel ya" numerous times, and I didnt want to put it down. As a huge Parks and Rec fan (general cast type love going on), I was excited to get the opportunity to read this, when I finished I am a HUGE Retta fan for life! Everyone that enjoys a good laugh, the chance for inspiration, or just a book to make you say "thank you. I have felt that w...
  • Lisa Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    When I got my hands on the ARC of this book, I was giddy. I love Retta. Donna was one of the best characters on Parks & Rec and I’ve been a Twitter and instagram follower for years. I remember when Retta was doing the official True Blood Premiere after-party or live tweeting or some such and I wanted to be her.This book is filled with great anecdotes, sage life lessons and behind the scenes glimpses of how showbiz works. Any Retta fan will be s...
  • K
    1970-01-01
    If you wanted more Retta in your life, this book is for you. I was pleasantly surprised by stories of her immigrant childhood (money is tight? relatives coming to live with you? are you me?), and found her more relatable than I ever thought she would be. I may not agree with her choice of hockey team or even have a fraction of her intensity for Hamilton, but this? This book is a master class in picking your battles in order to live your best life...
  • Tara
    1970-01-01
    I LOVED this book. I kiiind of wanted to re-listen as soon as it finished. But I'll buy it and reread it at a later date. So honest, so real, so genuine. So many things that I identified with regarding weight and television and HAMILTON. I was that fan who DMed Retta on Instagram 2 minutes after I finished because she just needed to know how great it was. Highly recommend this one.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    I love Retta, so I was very excited to get an advance copy of this book. It’s not really a memoir, as much as a book of funny stories. It’s written in Retta’s voice and you can just hear her in your head while reading it. The topics range widely, from hockey to Hamilton, and all are engaging and funny. I highly recommend!
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Tim and I listened to the audiobook today and it is so fun! I identify with her Hamilton love.
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely fantastic! Hilarious and honest...plus Retta made me cry.
  • Rach
    1970-01-01
    4.5
  • Katie N
    1970-01-01
    Reading this books is like hanging out with Retta and listening to her stories. This is both a positive and a little bit of a deterrent. The writing of the book is like being in a conversation, including all the interjections, sidetracking, and slang that one would expect from an in person conversation. This takes some getting used to, and I was not sure that this was something that I could get behind at first but the more I read the more I was i...
  • Amanda Mae
    1970-01-01
    This book was so much fun to read!! Retta very quickly becomes your best friend as she tells about growing up with her immigrant parents, her variety of obsessions, and how she got into comedy and acting. Her chapter about Hamilton might have made me the happiest, as I could live vicariously through her. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.
  • Jenna Whalen
    1970-01-01
    Note: I received a copy of this book free through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for my honest review.I loved Retta as Donna on Parks & Rec, but realized I didn't know much about her (besides the fact that she's hilarious on Twitter). This book gave an inside look at Retta's life pre- and post- Parks and Rec fame. The book is honest and funny, and made me love Retta even more. She shares comical things that have happened to her and also is hones...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- In her hilarious book of essays, Parks and Recreation star Retta shares the stories that led to her success in Hollywood.In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer...
  • Cavak
    1970-01-01
    I wish there was a way to put up the back cover of this book on this site. For those who don't know, it shows Retta's backside from the front cover with her hair and sections of her dress clamped together with hairpins and clothespins. Pretty adorable and funny. Just like the rest of So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know.To me, there's two broad types of celebrity memoirs: the jazzy and "always on" personality splurge or the groun...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Normally, I prefer to read celebrity memoirs through audio, but since I won an advanced copy through Goodreads giveaways, I made an exception.Of course I know of Retta from Parks and Rec and that's why I entered to win the book. I didn't really know much about her outside of the show. So I didn't quite know what to expect from the book. Retta is actually even cooler than Donna Meagle, if you can believe that. Her voice shines through so brightly ...
  • Sara Calkins
    1970-01-01
    You know those people in your life who you suspect you could be great friends with, but you’re slightly intimidated by how great they are? Reading this book felt like taking the plunge to meet up with this prospective bestie and finding out just how right you were. Retta’s voice comes across so clearly (I could basically hear her voice in my head as I read), and the stories she recounts are some of the most relatable I’ve found in celebrity...
  • Nate
    1970-01-01
    This book is a collection of ponderings on random subjects related to Retta, such as why she loves bags and coffee and her experience with Hamilton.Her life was quite interesting, her having gone to Duke for pre-med, working in Pharma, and then abruptly switching her career to comedy. It's a rather conversational book, and the audiobook for this would be rather good as Retta's voice really shines through in the writing. The section on coffee and ...