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Entertainment Ali Wong's book 'Dear Girls' is raw and uproariously funny

07:15  12 october  2019
07:15  12 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Comedian and actress Ali Wong ' s first book , " Dear Girls ," is everything her fans would expect: raunchy, real and uproariously funny . Framed as a collection of letters to her daughters, the memoir details Wong ’ s rebellious youth, sexual exploits and life as a wife and mother.

“By now, you know that Ali Wong doesn’t have a filter—and thank goodness for that . Dear Girls is a ridiculously funny and enlightening collection of letters to her daughters, but it may be just Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress. She has released two hit Netflix comedy specials—Baby

a woman sitting in front of a sign: “Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life,” by Ali Wong. © Random House “Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life,” by Ali Wong.

Comedian and actress Ali Wong's first book, "Dear Girls," is everything her fans would expect: raunchy, real and uproariously funny. 

Framed as a collection of letters to her daughters, the memoir details Wong’s rebellious youth, sexual exploits and life as a wife and mother. It’s out Tuesday.

At times, Wong, 37, is definitively R-rated. Expect details on pre- and post-coital routines, smoking weed and ayahuasca ceremonies.

Then, she’s vulnerable. She talks about the struggle of being the “accident” sibling and not relating to her mother growing up. And, later in life, fighting to find success in comedy as a woman and an Asian.

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Dear Girls is a ridiculously funny and enlightening collection of letters to her daughters, but it may be just the thing that you need to hear, too Maybe eventually the relationship would peter out because he was too good at eating ass and my ass would get raw and I would get sick of this one-trick pony.

Ali Wong is just as funny on paper as she is on stage. Wong ’ s daughters aren’t allowed to read the book meant for them until they’re at least 21 years old, she writes. If they ever choose to read “ Dear Girls ,” I can only assume it will be slightly (or extremely) mortifying, but they still have a while before

Through it all, she’s the best kind of funny.

Wong spoke with USA TODAY about family, learning from failure and how she measures success (hint: she can afford Whole Foods mango now but continues to be friends with a woman she hates so she can get free lemons off her tree).

Edited for length and clarity.

Question: Why did you frame your book as letters to your daughters?

Answer: I talked in the book about a letter I got from my dad before he passed away and how it was so meaningful, but at the same time, I wish he had written more. If I did do it over, I would have interviewed him while he was sick about who he was before he became a father, his upbringing and his childhood. First and foremost, I was inspired by that.

(I have) all these letters that I wanted to write to my kids, and I was like, “Oh, I might as well make money off of it.” (Laughs)

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Ali Wong ’ s essay collection, “ Dear Girls ,” is framed as a series of inappropriate letters to her young daughters. Ali Wong ’ s conviction that language, even more than performance, is a comedian’s greatest weapon He said Ali Wong is making it so that Asian chicks are funnier than white chicks?

Ali Wong ’ s hilarious oversharing continues — this time in book form. If Ali Wong ’ s preschool-age daughters ever actually read the comedic memoir meant for them, “ Dear Girls : Intimate “Convincing an audience that a person who looks like me could be funny ,” she writes, “and proving to them that I

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Q: How was writing a book different than stand-up?

A: It was so scary to write this book. I think I’m a person who has good taste. I like Ta-Nehisi (Coates) and Zadie Smith and “Homegoing” (by Yaa Gyasi). I like all these great writers. Once I started writing, I was like, "How come I don’t sound like them?" I think I was focusing too much on what I wanted to sound like versus what I wanted to say. In terms of instinct and what would drive the most inspiration, it’s my kids and what I want to say to them.

Q: In the book, you talk about a “gift” your husband gave you, when he made you write down your goals. Is there anything on that list you still want to accomplish?

A: I don’t think so. I’m trying to get really good at being satisfied and grateful for the things that I have. I think the reason why that song (“Satisfied”) in “Hamilton” is so great … is because (people) are never satisfied with what they have. While that can be very motivating, I think it can also be unhealthy and produce a lot of anxiety. The self-help part of me is trying to be very grateful and satisfied with what I have.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong ’ s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong ’ s letters are absurdly funny , surprisingly moving, and Dear Girls is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.”—Vogue “[A]

Ali Wong ’ s Dear Girls is good for a few laughs but lacks the sparkle of her stand-up comedy. The comedian’s physical humour doesn’t translate in her explicit debut – with a few notable exceptions. Highlights include a mother’s wisdom about how to spot good Asian restaurants.

Q: You don’t want to be in “The Room Where It Happens”?

A: (Laughs) No, in all honesty and truth, there’s nothing on there. I used to want to have four kids. I used to want that very badly. As you know, even going from one to two (kids) is really intense. Things change once you have kids. I don’t know if I can handle two.

Q: In your stand-up special "Baby Cobra," you said you'd consider your life a success when you could afford Whole Foods mango. How do you measure success now?

A: Today, for example, I was able to go hiking in the middle of the day with my husband. That, to me, is a big signifier of success. Oh! And then what was crazy, was that it’s this hike we do where we never used to pay for parking. We would always park blocks away from the start of the trail to save money. And now we’re like, “OK, I think we deserve to park near the head of the trail.” It was like $10. That was a big step for us. And we’re like (Jay-Z) and Beyonce. We paid for parking at the head of the trail.

I’m still pretty cheap. I’m still friends with a woman that I hate who has a lemon tree. Real success is when I can finally tell that woman, “You are a (expletive) idiot and a bad person, and I have never liked you!” But I can’t give up those free lemons.

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Ali Wong ’ s life story shows us that professional and personal ups and downs are crucial for self-development. We all have an image of what our perfect life would look like. Between those humble beginnings and the present day, Ali studied abroad, met the love of her life, and had two daughters.

Now, Wong publishes her debut memoir, Dear Girls , a look at her personal and professional ups and downs, told in her hilarious signature voice. Addressed to the two daughters who appeared in her standup specials in utero — but far too explicit for them to read anytime soon — the book leaves no

Q: In the book, you talk about overcoming failure. Why is that so important to you?

A: It’s a part of my upbringing that distinguished me from a lot of other people because my parents embraced failure. It was kind of easier to get up from it because I was taught it was a way of life and an important way of learning about yourself. That perspective, above everything, is what has helped me be able to succeed. I had hit two parked vehicles, and usually some parents would flip out. My parents were like, "Well, now you know not to do a three-point turn on a narrow street." I want to instill that in my kids. I want them to not beat themselves up when they inevitably fail.

Q: How do you teach them that lesson?

A: It’s so interesting when you become a parent and you go to an aquarium or the science center and you witness all kinds of parenting. I see parents get (ticked) at their kids when they pee their pants. Some of these kids are really young. I understand parents get really frustrated, but at the same time, it’s an accident. You know? When my kid would have an accident – I don’t say it didn’t frustrate me – I’m like "Now you know you should listen to mommy and you should go potty when I say, ‘Do you need to go potty?’ "

Q: Do your daughters think you’re funny?

A: They think I’m funny. I know what to do to make them laugh. Imitating a crab on the floor – that always gets them. It’s a lot of slapstick humor. (Laughs) It’s very vaudevillian with them. They’re not very interested in word choice. There are people they think are funnier than me. Like my uncle. He was here this past weekend and he waved this blanket around them, being like, "Did somebody fart?" and they were cracking up. "Booty butt" is the funniest thing my daughter has ever heard.

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