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
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

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...
  • Chelsea
    DNF @ 48% - Ellie Kemper seems like a lovely person, but this memoir is just so, so average.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Lauren Guhl
    Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for granting me and ARC of this book. I love Ellie Kemper and I could hear her voice in this book. I was just a little underwhelmed. And honestly it was probably more of a 3.5 than a 3. I love her sarcasm and her positivity. I identified a lot with her references to pop culture as we are almost the same age so that aspect was fun. I thought the part about parenthood was hilarious. I felt like overall th...
  • 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...
  • Katie Darcangelis
    Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Publishing for this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I need to premise this review with the fact that I absolutely adore Ellie Kemper. When I was chosen as a reviewer for this book pre-publication I almost peed my pants and did a Kimmy-like dance routine. (Almost is code for it happened) Now that I’ve laid down my love, I need to be honest because we try to be brutally honest w...
  • Sara
    I was so excited to see this book on NetGalley – I knew I had to read it. As a self-proclaimed Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fan, and as a St. Louis native, I knew I had to read Kemper’s book. And I am so glad I did!Kemper’s humor comes across in her writing so well. I giggled constantly while reading this book. Each chapter tells of a different experience or memory from Kemper’s life and she is very open and honest in her writing....
  • Kathleen
    *I was graciously given an advanced copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*This book will be released in stores on October 9th- keep an eye out for it at your favorite bookseller, or follow the link attached to the picture to order it through Amazon!I was obsessed with The Office when it was on the air; my husband and I, little known fact, worked My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kempertogether before dating and then...
  • 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...
  • Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
    I loved watching Ellie Kemper on The Office and in Bridesmaids, and this is exactly the book I was expecting from her. The memoir covers her childhood, path to comedy via NYC and Chicago, and her major acting roles. I enjoyed reading about her tenacity to make it in comedy and how much effort she put into improv. Ellie didn’t have a difficult upbringing, and this book is not in any way similar to hard-hitting memoirs of this year like Educated....
  • Carissa
    I got an advanced copy of this book to read for my honest opinion. I’ll actually be reading this book again post-publication because I’d like to see how it reads in its final version. This version isn’t bad. It rambled quite a bit and a lot of times for no purpose and to no real end. Some of the rambling is good. It makes the book and Ellie seem personable. However, some of the rambling seems a bit overdone and needs editing. There are a fe...
  • Ashley
    I received this as an ARC from line: There comes a time in every sitcom actress’s life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book.Summary: In this short memoir by actress Ellie Kemper we get a look into her life as a kid, breaking into show business and getting a starring role on a Netflix sitcom. Highlights: I love Ellie Kemper and her roles on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I always imagined her t...
  • LuzAdri
    This book was such a great read! Very entertaining! It felt as if you were sitting at a cafe having a conversation with a friend who is talking about her life. She spoke of emotional, funny and learning moments for her. Each chapter showed us what her world was like growing up and working in the entertainment business. The best parts were those where she didn't take herself seriously.*ARC copy was provided by NetGalley for review.*
  • Lissa
    I normally find celebrity memoirs fairly innocuous and this is no different. I am a huge fan of the Office which is why I picked this one up, but really have seen none of Ellie Kemper’s other shows. I think the best sections are when she is writing about her life on set, otherwise the essays are silly and rather pointless. It’s not bad though, and a quick read. I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest rev...
  • Laura
    This book is a perfect match to my perception of Kemper's persona: cute, harmless, mildly amusing. I smiled at parts, but I never laughed out loud. And I certainly never chuckled or guffawed. More than that, though, I don't feel like I learned anything about Kemper. There were no surprises, no insight into the inner workings of a woman who is most certainly smarter and more interesting than the characters she has played.I received this ARC from t...
  • Crystal Zavala
    I really enjoy Ellie Kemper and I was very excited for her memoir. I read the book with her voice in my head and I could almost hear her say the words. I wish that I had been able to listen to the book as an audiobook. I think that I would have enjoyed her anecdotes better that way.Ellie is lucky to have a great family and husband. I appreciated knowing a little bit more about learning improv and comedy, but I just don't think it was enough to fi...
  • Amber
    Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC. I already loved Ellie Kemper, but this collection of short stories just makes her even more relatable. She weaves a wonderful portrait of her life. If you like fun relatable series, give My Squirrel Days a read. You will be pleasantly surprised.