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My Squirrel Days

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Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about one pale woman’s journey from Midwestern naïf to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker.

There comes a time in every sitcom actress’s life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When Ellie Kemper’s n
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Scribner
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Look, I really, really like Ellie Kemper as an actress and a person. I relate to her a lot as I have a similar upbeat, somewhat spastic personality and a tendency to pee when I laugh too much (TMI??). However, and there is no nice way to say this, sometimes you can be a funny, interesting person but not in a fill a book kind of way.

My husband asked me why I wasn't in love with this book and I asked him, Would you want to read a book based on my life? He said no. Super quickly, I might add.

Robin Bonne
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie Kemper writes about her life and acting/comedy career. The parts I enjoyed the most were the ones about her awkward encounters with other people. These felt the most relatable and a few of them made me laugh aloud.

While there were plenty of jokes, there were times I wished Ellie had used her platform to dig deeper into emotional content. The stories from her life that she recounted seemed a little shallow at times, and very safe.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of th
Merry Mercurial
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m sure network and Netflix studios are overloaded with whiteboards sporting the same set of adjectives (plucky, charismatic, strong yet sensitive, gritty yet unspoiled by modern living, unglamorous yet cuter than a button on an Easter tux worn by a monkey), meant to describe their next break-out TV heroine. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt works in large part because Ellie Kemper nails those whiteboard qualities in a way that feels authentic, no matter how horrifying her character’s origin story, how ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, nonfiction, memoir
There comes a time in every sitcom actress's life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When my number was up, I told myself that I would not blink. I would fulfill my duty as an upbeat actress under contract on a television series and serve my country in the only way I knew how. I would cull from my life the very greatest and most memorable of anecdotes, I would draw on formative lessons learned both early on and also not too long ago, I would paint for the reader a portrait of
I like Ellie Kemper. She seems like a nice, fun person. But as far as her storytelling goes, I feel like not enough of the things she's experience in life are all that interesting. That sounds mean, I'm sorry. For me, I don't find improv that interesting, and she did a lot of that before becoming an actress. I didn't know that about her. I also thought her story about the times she's been to Europe & Japan a little dry. There were definitely some funny parts throughout the book and I want to ...more
Colleen C
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I'm a self-professed lover of celebrity memoirs, I wasn't in love with Ellie Kemper's My Squirrel Days. Although there were a couple of entertaining essays, many of the topics were mundane and sometimes boring (e.g. complaining to waiters about a lentil and quinoa salad; joking about telling grandchildren about taking 500 SoulCycle classes). While I think any topic can be interesting in the hands of the good writer, I just didn't care much for style of writing in this collection. I also wi ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
DNF @ 48% - Ellie Kemper seems like a lovely person, but this memoir is just so, so average.
Brandon Forsyth
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like a Norman Rockwell housewife secretly plotting to murder her perfect family (WITH COMEDY), Ellie Kemper deliciously sets up and then undercuts her shucks-golly Midwestern persona in this charming collection of essays, loosely structured around the idea of the different "roles" she's played in her life. I found them totally charming and often laugh-out-loud funny. That's right Internet, I spelled out lol. DEAL WITH IT.
Girl Well Read
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
A special thank you to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ellie Kemper is a comedian and star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and appeared on the US The Office series. Her other written work includes writing for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. In this collection of essays, Kemper delivers some funny bits about her journey from the suburbs to Hollywood, and becoming a full-fledged New Yorker.

My Squirrel Days is a heartfelt com
Kristyn Kricket
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to have gotten an excerpt a few weeks ago and I devoured it greedily, wishing I had more of it to read. Today, my wish was granted as I received an advance reading copy of the entire book from Edelweiss. I raced through My Squirrel Days giggling like a loon and plotting out ways I could be best friends with Ellie. If you're a fan of the essays by Tina Fey, Mindy Kailing and Amy Poehler, you will LOVE this book.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it

Aside from watching her on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I knew nothing about Ellie Kemper before reading this collection os essays.

I enjoyed some of them, but most of them fell flat. She would relate two parts of her life into a single essay, which did not always work. My favorite of her essays were, Daughter, Hysteric, Bridesmaid, and Kimmy. I wish she would have talked about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more because one essay was not enough. Although, maybe she is savin
Kate Vocke
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, bios, netgalley
I'm pretty sure I am not alone in my feelings that I feel like Ellie Kemper is my friend. I mean, she just might be the most fun, and happiest celebrity on the planet - free from scandal, always smiling, and just about as sugary sweet as one can be right? I was SO excited to read her book, and as much as she tries throughout to convince us that she's not all sugar and everything nice - but a bit more spice than most people realize ... well, I don't believe you Ellie!! Haha! Not one bit. Even if ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own
My Squirrel Days is Ellie Kemper's first memoir. You might know her from The Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt.
Personally, I've never watched The Office but I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt like, it's one of my favorite TV shows of all time, I've probably re-watched it about 6 times now. So when I saw that this ARC was available, I immediately requested it.
I don't th
Justin Brendel
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley for this advanced copy in exchange for a review.

3.5 stars rounded to 4. My Squirrel Days was a nice collection of essays on life, showbiz, relationships, pink pants, bridesmaids, and much more. The stories about the early days of UCB were nice. I enjoyed Ellie's writing style, although I had difficulty with the footnotes. At one point there is a joke pertaining to The Office, and the punchline is in the footnote at the end of the chapter, making it kind of choppy.
Julia V
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the office, Fans of Kimmy Schmidt, People from Missouri
(3.75) ... Despite what a lot of reviews said, this book is hilarious! I constantly found myself laughing out loud in public while reading. And turning to the person next to me to tell about vagina flies.

Here's the deal, I may be biased on this book. I absolutely love Ellie Kemper, and find her easily annoying personality very relatable to my own. I really don't see how this book would be enjoyable to someone who isn't a fan of her personally. I went to her book signing where she talked a lot ab
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

Let me be honest here for a second.... I wanted to absolutely love this book. I really really did. And I did like it, but did not LOVE it like I wanted to. I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Office and I like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but this book just wasn't that funny. Kimmy has a normal, carefree (and assuming at least somewhat wealthy) upbringing in St. Louis, attends Princeton to play field hockey and ends up quitti
Julia (jaylamm.reads)
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc-reviewed
Thank you NetGalley, Scribner books, and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of My Squirrel Days.

Oh Ellie Kemper is such a joy! I became a fan while watching her on The Office, and have continued to enjoy her work on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. My Squirrel Days had me laughing from start to finish. Ellie's charm and wit really shines through this book!

As a fellow St. Louisan, I loved hearing the stories of growing up in St.Louis! Her journey to where she is now
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a copy of My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me express that I love Ellie Kemper. Granted, I have only watched the pilot episode of The Office, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of my all-time favorite comedies. & I get so excited when she pops up as a guest appearance in other shows such as The Mindy Project. Y’see, I have two types when it comes to women: the woman that would punch me in my face & I’d thank her for it
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This celebrity memoir from the star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reflects on many of the roles she has played, both on screen and in life. These essays are arranged in some semblance of chronological order, so the reader gets a view into all of the stages of Kemper's life so far. For me, about half of the essays landed satisfactorily, with a laugh or a smile, but the other half left me wondering, "Why are you telling me this?" On the whole, Kemper comes off as funny and relatable, and probably a ...more
Kelly 💜☕️

Stopped at 58% complete (about 3.5 hours in)

Not sure how this book got on my radar, but I enjoy celebrity memoirs, especially when audio is narrated by the author. I’m not really a fan of Ellie Kemper, but don’t have anything against her. This book missed the mark for me... not enough substance and too much dry humor. She didn’t share many meaningful stories and it didn’t have much of a point.

Too many other books to listen to... so I’m gonna DNF this and move on.

Thanks to San D
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is very on brand for the author. She put s forth stories that reinforce her public persona but does not disclose any information that is personal or meaningful.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very kindly given an advanced e-book of this collection through Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton.

I think this was an interesting collection of essays. It's not quite a memoir and it's not quite a comedy book with no substance to it. If anything, it sits quaintly in the middle. Much like Tina Fey's 'Bossypants', Kemper's book reads like a more cynical Kimmy Schmidt sat down and tried to reflect on her life as an actress, human and early worrier. Cycling quickly though her work in proje
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Ellie Kemper keeps alive the spirit she gives us on screen. I found myself smiling, feeling twangs of my own nostalgia, through hers.
Kemper sheds light on the everyday moments in Hollywood.
Between takes and auditions, what an actors life is like on and off set, and what it’s like to have a job so rare not many can relate.
I greatly enjoyed reading about her childhood, the moments of wild thoughtfulness that lead to a bit of chaos. Inspiringly honest moments of Childhood Ellie are a nice remind
Oct 01, 2018 added it
DNF. I adore Ellie Kemper. I think she is absolutely hilarious. I have no idea why she wrote a book. She just didn’t have enough to fill a whole book. And can we please stop with the celeb memoir in essay form? Over it. The first two hours of reading this I didn’t laugh once. No star rating because I didn’t finish the whole thing.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Beth Dean
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In My Squirrel Days, Ellie Kemper shares anecdotes from her childhood and in Hollywood.

This book won't be the place to find deep, seedy confessions or stories. It is, after all, titled My Squirrel Days. These are the chippy, fluffy anecdotes of the good things in her life.

Think of it as a sort of literary, word-based Instagram feed. It shows the choice snapshots of her most happy, picture-worthy times, all presented with aesthetically-pleasing filters.

If you come looking for an edgier, more adu
Lauren Guhl
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for granting me and ARC of this book. I love Ellie Kemper and I could hear her voice in this book. I was just a little underwhelmed. And honestly it was probably more of a 3.5 than a 3. I love her sarcasm and her positivity. I identified a lot with her references to pop culture as we are almost the same age so that aspect was fun. I thought the part about parenthood was hilarious. I felt like overall the book was not as funny as I expected. There were ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was skeptical of this book when I received it - it seems like every quirky, funny actress is writing a book of essays these days, and they start to blend together. But Ellie Kemper proved me wrong - and I'm glad she did! Each story was funny and engaging, and I feel like she did a great job of including stories from both pre- and post-fame. She's a wonderful storyteller and after reading this, I want her t
Katie Darcangelis
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Publishing for this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

I need to premise this review with the fact that I absolutely adore Ellie Kemper. When I was chosen as a reviewer for this book pre-publication I almost peed my pants and did a Kimmy-like dance routine. (Almost is code for it happened)
Now that I’ve laid down my love, I need to be honest because we try to be brutally honest with the ones we love right? Because they know we’ll
I was so excited to see this book on NetGalley – I knew I had to read it. As a self-proclaimed Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fan, and as a St. Louis native, I knew I had to read Kemper’s book. And I am so glad I did!

Kemper’s humor comes across in her writing so well. I giggled constantly while reading this book. Each chapter tells of a different experience or memory from Kemper’s life and she is very open and honest in her writing. She includes a disclaimer in the beginning of the book th
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Elizabeth Claire Kemper is an American actress and comedian. She played the receptionist Erin Hannon in the NBC comedy series The Office (2009–2013) and later the starring role in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), for which she has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Kemper also appeared in the films Bridesmaids ...more
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