January 2018 Book Club Pick – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Welcome to January’s Lose the Cape book club pick!

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve launched a book club to go along with the podcast. Each month we’ll announce the book the first week of the month and the 4th week of the month, we’ll discuss it on the show. We’ll be picking books that help us grow as women and mothers and sometimes just books for fun.

I can’t wait to discuss this book. I’m going to be honest and say I came across it accidentally. My sister requested it for Christmas. So I bought it for her. I’m a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy, so I decided to take a peak. I found myself lost inside this book – written by a woman I identify with so very much and never knew I had so many commonalities! I laughed, I pondered, I challenged myself. I wanted to copy and paste paragraph after paragraph and share it with my peeps – but that’s kind of illegal… so… head over to Amazon (we do use Affiliate links, which changes nothing on YOUR end, but we get a teeny tiny thank you from Amazon for sending them business) and let’s get ready to talk about Shonda Rhimes life-changing year and what we can learn from it!

And let me just tell you, this is a #livebravey story at its finest. i’m so excited!

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person


About the book

The instant New York Times bestseller from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder shares how saying YES changed her life. “As fun to read as Rhimes’s TV series are to watch” (Los Angeles Times).

She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews?

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

“Honest, raw, and revelatory” (The Washington Post), this wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega-talented Shonda Rhimes finally achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. Best of all, she “can help motivate even the most determined homebody to get out and try something new” (Chicago Tribune).


Get your copy now (affiliate link!) and join us for the conversation on the podcast!