Praise for Ellie Kemper

 

“If you're at all a Kemper fan already (I am, a lot), you will freaking love this audiobook ... Listeners will be smitten with her grace and work ethic, and even her tendency to lose herself in the mean reds when hungry. Though I've never met her, after listening to My Squirrel Days, I feel confident in saying that Ellie Kemper is my best friend! O.K., maybe that's a bit extreme, and creepy, but she's definitely someone I would love to sit next to on a transcontinental flight.”

New York Times Book Review

 

“Just when we thought we couldn’t love her more, Kemper released her first memoir, My Squirrel Days, a hilarious chronicle of the redhead’s journey from childhood to Hollywood. Kemper brings readers into her early days as a wannabe squirrel whisperer, her career as a field-hockey-dropout-turned-improviser at Princeton, her uncanny experience serving as an actual bridesmaid while filming Bridesmaids and much more.”

—Parade.com

 

“You know and love the adorable Ellie Kemper from your favorite shows The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and now she's written a collection of essays, My Squirrel Days. Recalling stories from different points in her life, from her childhood to moving to Los Angeles, her charm and warmth are on full display. Be prepared to fall even more in love with Kemper.”

POPSUGAR

 

“[Kemper] shares a series of charming personal essays that chronicle both her professional and personal life, from being a child to having one. Rather than write a tell-all, Kemper gently lifts the veil on specific elements of her life, revealing ‘tidbits from [her] past’ and ‘morsels of the present.’”

Boston Globe

 

“Kemper is a joy to follow ... She’s always poking fun at herself, but bravely open enough to let us all in on the joke.”

—TheAVClub.com

 

The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star delivers a series of essays on topics ranging from growing up in St. Louis obsessed with squirrels to becoming a mother and learning how to discreetly change diapers.”

—TIME.com

 

“Ellie Kemper's debut [memoir], My Squirrel Days, is exactly what you would expect from the comedian. It's rich in personality, teeming with energy and full of laugh-out-loud moments. Kemper is a natural storyteller.”

—ABC News

 

“Kemper reveals herself to be ... the veritable kindred spirit of her alter egos...charming.”

Washington Post

 

“[Kemper] is famously nice, polite and upbeat ... The book is a collection of more than two dozen short essays, assembled more or less chronologically, about certain incidents in her life. Taken collectively, they reveal her personality, history and character without becoming bogged down in specifics.”

St. Louis Dispatch

 

“In her book, Kemper dives fully into each role—as actor, comedian, writer, and also wife and new mom—with an electric dedication by which one learns to reframe the picture, and if not exactly become a glass-half-full sort of person, at least become able to appreciate them.”

—Vogue.com

 

“Ellie Kemper's debut [memoir], My Squirrel Days, is exactly what you would expect from the comedian. It's rich in personality, teeming with energy and full of laugh-out-loud moments. Kemper is a natural storyteller.”

—Associated Press

 

“One book we’re not passing on: Kemper’s new collection of essays, My Squirrel Days. In it, the St. Louis native recounts her life growing up here—i.e., communing with an overweight squirrel outside her tree house, hence the title—as well as how she came to play Erin Hannon on NBC’s hit The Office and then Kimmy.”

St. Louis Magazine

 

“In My Squirrel Days, Kemper her journey from her Midwestern childhood in suburban St. Louis to her breakout years in the comedy scene in Hollywood. Like so many other celebrity memoirists, Kemper weaves pop-culture references with her own personal stories and behind-the-scenes tales from life on the small screen. But Kemper's book is different from other celeb memoirs in one critical respect: She dedicated an entire essay to examining her complicated childhood friendship with a wild squirrel she named Natalie. Yeah, this is definitely different from anything you've read before.”

—Bustle

 

“If you’ve ever wanted to sit down and have a conversation with Ellie Kemper, reading her hilarious collection of essays about her life and career is basically the same thing ... Ellie’s stories will make you pee your pants with laughter, which may or may not be something she has some experience with herself.”

—Hello Giggles

 

“Actress Kemper tickles the funny bone with her engaging and refreshing memoir….In a snappy, coordinated series of essays, Kemper…amusingly chronicles her life, never hesitating to make fun of herself. She is an entertaining writer, and her tales—including those about auditioning for Saturday Night Live, complimenting Tina Fey (“You have great hair—really strong and thick!”), and tripping while running to fetch a glass of water for her childhood crush, Christopher Plummer (“I sprinted to the bar as fast as my Naired legs could carry me”)—will give readers an enticing glimpse of her happy-go-lucky attitude. This is a fun, breezy, and enjoyable volume.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

“The Princeton graduate’s English degree—and her experience as a writer for The Onion—is on full display….The results are uproarious, as in her encounter with The Office creator and star Ricky Gervais, who somehow misunderstood Kemper as saying she played him on the American version of the show….A little Lucille Ball, a little bit Tracy Flick, Kemper proves that good comedy starts with good writing.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

“Actress Kemper's memoir in essays gives fans a taste of what it was like growing up Ellie….Her essays, light and apolitical, do differentiate Kemper from the often hopelessly simple and optimistic characters she plays, but at her core, Kemper herself is darn sunny and sweet.”

—Booklist.com