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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. 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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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. Dear Girls and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook.

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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).

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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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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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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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When Ali Wong is testing new jokes in front of an audience, she does something strange. One of the recurring jokes in “ Dear Girls ” is that the book is formatted as letters to your daughters, who are 1 and 3, but then you tell He said Ali Wong is making it so that Asian chicks are funnier than white chicks?

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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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" Dear Girls : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life", by Ali Wong , will be published on October 15, 2019 by Random House. Wong can also be seen in the hit rom-com "Always Be My Maybe" -- which she co-wrote, stars in and produced alongside Randall Park -- on Netflix.

Hi, When will Ali Wong ' s book " Dear Girls " be available in Kindle form? I really prefer my Kindle rather than paperback or hardcover. Ali Wong is purely who she is, a Let me tell you, it is such a relief to have a funny , well-written book from a comedian that I admire.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ali Wong's book 'Dear Girls' is raw and uproariously funny

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