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Author: Retta , Ruth White Narrator: Retta , Ruth White Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781427289377
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In this hilarious audiobook essay collection, Parks and Recreation star Retta shares the stories that led to her success in Hollywood.

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 hardworking Liberian parents through 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, listeners will 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When we enter Retta’s world we are at the best party and in the hands of a gracious, self-perceptive, and deeply hilarious host.”

    Amy Poehler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Hollywood has no more honest, hilarious, or necessary guide than Retta…You’re gonna laugh. You’re gonna think. You’re gonna be hella glad you came.”

    Lena Dunham, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Check out her book. Stop reading this quote and buy it already, boo boo.”

    Aziz Ansari, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Get ready to laugh out loud in public.”


  • "Retta’s unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you cry.”


  • A BookRiot Pick of the Month's Best Audiobooks

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About the Author

Ruth White is the author of Sweet Creek Holler, an ALA Notable Book; Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Belle Prater’s Boy, a Newbery Honor Book.

About the Narrator

Marietta Sirleaf, better known as Retta,is an actress and comedian. She has delighted audiences with her performance aptitude and comedy precision and has established herself as a consistent first pick for Hollywood. Retta currently stars as Barbara on the Bravo hit series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. Previously Retta spent seven seasons playing the uber beloved office mate Donna Meagle on NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy Parks and Recreation.