So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she’s always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese).

Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents for a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hollywood to star in her own sitcom―like her comedy heroes Lucille Ball and Roseanne.

Say what? Word. Turns out Retta might actually be on to something. After winning Comedy Central’s stand-up competition, she should be ready for prime time―but a fear of success derails her biggest dream.

Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling “dirty” jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, or expertly stalking the cast of "Hamilton," Retta’s unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you’ll cry.

Her eponymous sitcom might not have happened yet, but by the end of So Close to Being the Sh*t, you’ll be rooting for Retta to be the next one-named wonder to take over your television. And she just might inspire you to reach for the stars, too.

Title:So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250109347
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  • abby

    Before Retta delivered the most memorable line Parks and Recreation, she was cast as a character that didn't have a single line in the pilot. Before that, she traveled across the country doing stand u...

  • Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.Confession: I had absolutely no idea who Retta was and I have never watched one episode of Parks and Recreation. But I like ...

  • Valerity (Val)

    I was very much in the need for some humor and this memoir fits the bill. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this new book by Marietta Sirleaf aka ‘Retta as I’m not that familiar with her. I ...

  • Alaina Meserole

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.I AM IN LOVE WITH RHETTA!I haven't even seen the show Parks and Recreation BUT I do know the "treat yo self" line! I say it all the time to...

  • Sherwood Smith

    This breezy, often hilarious memoir should appeal to fans of the TV show Parks and Recreation, and fans of the musical Hamilton, which Retta is obsessed with. Along with handbags, and various other pa...

  • Susan

    This book was really entertaining and made me laugh a lot. But there was also an undercurrent of meanness running through it that I didn’t like. I love Retta and thought she was amazing as Donna on ...

  • Erin Cataldi

    This book was a damn treat! I feel like I'm in the Parks and Rec Book Club because I HAVE TO read all the books they write. I'm so glad Retta joined their ranks because this book is a roller coaster o...

  • Kelly Schnorrbusch

    Guys, I think Retta & I are BFFs now! This memoir has a very conversational tone, like you're just sitting around the coffee table of her living room with friends & a bottle of wine while Retta tells ...

  • Joyce

    Reading this is like going to happy hour with your friend. Laugh out loud funny!!Retta is my spirit animal. I laughed so much that I spat out the beverage I was drinking while reading and almost choke...

  • Nancy

    Really entertaining -- and open and frank, too. I'd love to hear the audiobook version, which I'm sure puts a nice spin on everything. If you enjoy Retta on social media, you'll probably enjoy this bo...