My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

My Squirrel Days

Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about one pale woman’s journey from Midwestern naïf to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker.There comes a time in every sitcom actress’s life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When Ellie Kemper’s number was up, she was ready. Contagiously cheerful, predictably whol...

Details My Squirrel Days

TitleMy Squirrel Days
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook

Reviews My Squirrel Days

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Look, I really, really like Ellie Kemper as an actress and a person. I relate to her a lot as I have a similar upbeat, somewhat spastic personality and a tendency to pee when I laugh too much (TMI??). However, and there is no nice way to say this, sometimes you can be a funny, interesting person but not in a fill a book kind of way. My husband asked me why I wasn't in love with this book and I asked him, Would you want to read a book based on my ...
  • Robin Bonne
    Ellie Kemper writes about her life and acting/comedy career. The parts I enjoyed the most were the ones about her awkward encounters with other people. These felt the most relatable and a few of them made me laugh aloud. While there were plenty of jokes, there were times I wished Ellie had used her platform to dig deeper into emotional content. The stories from her life that she recounted seemed a little shallow at times, and very safe. Thanks to...
  • Merry Mercurial
    I’m sure network and Netflix studios are overloaded with whiteboards sporting the same set of adjectives (plucky, charismatic, strong yet sensitive, gritty yet unspoiled by modern living, unglamorous yet cuter than a button on an Easter tux worn by a monkey), meant to describe their next break-out TV heroine. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt works in large part because Ellie Kemper nails those whiteboard qualities in a way that feels authentic, no mat...
  • Krista
    There comes a time in every sitcom actress's life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When my number was up, I told myself that I would not blink. I would fulfill my duty as an upbeat actress under contract on a television series and serve my country in the only way I knew how. I would cull from my life the very greatest and most memorable of anecdotes, I would draw on formative lessons learned both early on and also not too lo...
  • Lindsay
    I like Ellie Kemper. She seems like a nice, fun person. But as far as her storytelling goes, I feel like not enough of the things she's experience in life are all that interesting. That sounds mean, I'm sorry. For me, I don't find improv that interesting, and she did a lot of that before becoming an actress. I didn't know that about her. I also thought her story about the times she's been to Europe & Japan a little dry. There were definitely some...
  • Colleen C
    While I'm a self-professed lover of celebrity memoirs, I wasn't in love with Ellie Kemper's My Squirrel Days. Although there were a couple of entertaining essays, many of the topics were mundane and sometimes boring (e.g. complaining to waiters about a lentil and quinoa salad; joking about telling grandchildren about taking 500 SoulCycle classes). While I think any topic can be interesting in the hands of the good writer, I just didn't care much ...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Like a Norman Rockwell housewife secretly plotting to murder her perfect family (WITH COMEDY), Ellie Kemper deliciously sets up and then undercuts her shucks-golly Midwestern persona in this charming collection of essays, loosely structured around the idea of the different "roles" she's played in her life. I found them totally charming and often laugh-out-loud funny. That's right Internet, I spelled out lol. DEAL WITH IT.
  • Chelsea
    DNF @ 48% - Ellie Kemper seems like a lovely person, but this memoir is just so, so average.
  • Girl Well Read
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Ellie Kemper is a comedian and star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and appeared on the US The Office series. Her other written work includes writing for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. In this collection of essays, Kemper delivers some funny bits about her journey from the suburbs to Hollywood, and becoming a full-fledged...
  • Kristyn Kricket
    I was lucky to have gotten an excerpt a few weeks ago and I devoured it greedily, wishing I had more of it to read. Today, my wish was granted as I received an advance reading copy of the entire book from Edelweiss. I raced through My Squirrel Days giggling like a loon and plotting out ways I could be best friends with Ellie. If you're a fan of the essays by Tina Fey, Mindy Kailing and Amy Poehler, you will LOVE this book.
  • Kristen
    This book is very on brand for the author. She put s forth stories that reinforce her public persona but does not disclose any information that is personal or meaningful.
  • Julia V
    (3.75) ... Despite what a lot of reviews said, this book is hilarious! I constantly found myself laughing out loud in public while reading. And turning to the person next to me to tell about vagina flies.Here's the deal, I may be biased on this book. I absolutely love Ellie Kemper, and find her easily annoying personality very relatable to my own. I really don't see how this book would be enjoyable to someone who isn't a fan of her personally. I ...
  • Trianna
    2.5/5Aside from watching her on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I knew nothing about Ellie Kemper before reading this collection os essays. I enjoyed some of them, but most of them fell flat. She would relate two parts of her life into a single essay, which did not always work. My favorite of her essays were, Daughter, Hysteric, Bridesmaid, and Kimmy. I wish she would have talked about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt more because one ...
  • Kate Vocke
    I'm pretty sure I am not alone in my feelings that I feel like Ellie Kemper is my friend. I mean, she just might be the most fun, and happiest celebrity on the planet - free from scandal, always smiling, and just about as sugary sweet as one can be right? I was SO excited to read her book, and as much as she tries throughout to convince us that she's not all sugar and everything nice - but a bit more spice than most people realize ... well, I don...
  • Jordan
    Ellie Kemper keeps alive the spirit she gives us on screen. I found myself smiling, feeling twangs of my own nostalgia, through hers. Kemper sheds light on the everyday moments in Hollywood. Between takes and auditions, what an actors life is like on and off set, and what it’s like to have a job so rare not many can relate. I greatly enjoyed reading about her childhood, the moments of wild thoughtfulness that lead to a bit of chaos. Inspiringly...
  • Vini
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own My Squirrel Days is Ellie Kemper's first memoir. You might know her from The Office or Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt. Personally, I've never watched The Office but I love Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt like, it's one of my favorite TV shows of all time, I've probably re-watched it about 6 times now. So when I saw that this ARC was a...
  • Justin Brendel
    Thank you to Netgalley for this advanced copy in exchange for a review.3.5 stars rounded to 4. My Squirrel Days was a nice collection of essays on life, showbiz, relationships, pink pants, bridesmaids, and much more. The stories about the early days of UCB were nice. I enjoyed Ellie's writing style, although I had difficulty with the footnotes. At one point there is a joke pertaining to The Office, and the punchline is in the footnote at the end ...
  • Nicole
    ** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ** Let me be honest here for a second.... I wanted to absolutely love this book. I really really did. And I did like it, but did not LOVE it like I wanted to. I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Office and I like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but this book just wasn't that funny. Kimmy has a normal, carefree (and assuming at least somewhat wealthy) upbringing in St. Louis, attends...
  • Julia (jaylamm.reads)
    Thank you NetGalley, Scribner books, and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of My Squirrel Days. Oh Ellie Kemper is such a joy! I became a fan while watching her on The Office, and have continued to enjoy her work on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. My Squirrel Days had me laughing from start to finish. Ellie's charm and wit really shines through this book!As a fellow St. Louisan, I loved hearing the stories of growing u...
  • Becca
    Note: I received a copy of My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Let me express that I love Ellie Kemper. Granted, I have only watched the pilot episode of The Office, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of my all-time favorite comedies. & I get so excited when she pops up as a guest appearance in other shows such as The Mindy Project. Y’see, I have two types when it comes to women: the woman that woul...
  • Misti
    This celebrity memoir from the star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reflects on many of the roles she has played, both on screen and in life. These essays are arranged in some semblance of chronological order, so the reader gets a view into all of the stages of Kemper's life so far. For me, about half of the essays landed satisfactorily, with a laugh or a smile, but the other half left me wondering, "Why are you telling me this?" On the whole, Kempe...
  • Kelly 💜☕️
    DID NOT FINISH. Stopped at 58% complete (about 3.5 hours in)Not sure how this book got on my radar, but I enjoy celebrity memoirs, especially when audio is narrated by the author. I’m not really a fan of Ellie Kemper, but don’t have anything against her. This book missed the mark for me... not enough substance and too much dry humor. She didn’t share many meaningful stories and it didn’t have much of a point. Too many other books to liste...
  • Simone
    ✔ true crime (...that a wholesim being such as Ellie exists 😭)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 starsThis was so enjoyable to listen to! Not sure if I intentionally listened to this after Tina Fey’s (something I’d do though) but they compliment each other so well. Laughed out loud and she really is such a lovable dork. Ellie is so humble and sweet too! And obviously love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 🙏🏼+10 points to Gryffindor for the Hamilton re...
  • Paige
    Funny and a breeze to read! Really enjoyed it.
  • Niamh
    I was very kindly given an advanced e-book of this collection through Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton. I think this was an interesting collection of essays. It's not quite a memoir and it's not quite a comedy book with no substance to it. If anything, it sits quaintly in the middle. Much like Tina Fey's 'Bossypants', Kemper's book reads like a more cynical Kimmy Schmidt sat down and tried to reflect on her life as an actress, human and early wor...
  • Leia
    I love her, and this book felt so authentically her. I also appreciate the fact that she references her privilege in tongue in cheek ways throughout, something other celebrities fail to do sometimes.
  • Beth Dean
    In My Squirrel Days, Ellie Kemper shares anecdotes from her childhood and in Hollywood.This book won't be the place to find deep, seedy confessions or stories. It is, after all, titled My Squirrel Days. These are the chippy, fluffy anecdotes of the good things in her life.Think of it as a sort of literary, word-based Instagram feed. It shows the choice snapshots of her most happy, picture-worthy times, all presented with aesthetically-pleasing fi...