#qotd ❓Have you watched Ali Wong's stand-up on Netflix?
#aotd ❗I've watched both the episodes, but I prefer Baby Cobra!
Obviously, December is the perfect time to share another #nonfictionnovember review.
I couldn't pick just one picture for the post, as I believe Ali Wong would sport the same expression, if she is surrounded by champagne or hot chocolate 😋
✒️ Written in the epistolary format, Dear Girls is Wong's hilarious and uncensored compilation of her life experiences and lessons learnt. The letters are addressed to her daughters, but many a times, I felt like Wong was communicating directly with me 🥺
📖 Wong disclosed the harsh truths about the female, Asian American, working mom life, and about how hard parenthood is. The letter. People make all sort of grand plans on how they will be the ideal parents, but like all other well thought-out plans, these mostly get thrown out if the window. I think the following quote (which I loved!) captures the sentiment perfectly:
"By the time Mari was five months old, at the end of any day, if I held my finger under her nose and felt breath, I was a great mommy."
👩❤️👨 I adored the letter about the girls' dad. The kind of relationship they share is goals, even with all its imperfections!
👨👩👧 Something that resonated with me was the value of our own community, the importance of going outside of it, and of living away from more! I couldn't agree more. Moving out of our comfort zone is tough, and at times unbearable, but I have had so many wonderful experiences because I moved away from my family and community. I also think that we appreciate each other more now that we don't see eatch other on a daily basis ☺️
🥟 Most importantly, she mentioned Din Tai Fung, and that sealed my love for this book.
TLDR: In her own words, Wong is cheap, tough and salty, and that has shined through the pages, along with her raunchy sense of humour. I definitely recommend this book as long as the language and certain topics don't make you blush. If you're unsure, watch Baby Cobra and decide for yourself!
Thank you @definitelybooks for the review copy. This book is available in all good bookstores.