Author: Amy Poehler
Provided Synopsis: In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.
Review: For years Amy Poehler has been my favorite person whom I have never met, and do you want to know why? Well, then read this book. Or better yet, make an investment into the audiobook format or borrow it from your local library, because Amy’s narration might just be the best thing on this earth. I would compare it to having her speak to you as if you are her best friend, which let’s be frank: is what we all wish would happen, especially once you read the essays she has prepared for Yes Please.
What I will take away from Amy’s first memoir is this: “Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.” Throughout her book Amy recounts moments from her early childhood (listen to the audiobook to be treated to readings by her mother and father, as well as other special guests), college years, and the early part of her career spent in Chicago learning and practicing improv and comedy chops that would go on to take the world by storm. As would be expected, there are plenty of moments within her writing that are hilarious and witty, but she also hones in on the advice quite well.
Because Amy Poehler is our older sister and she is here to impart wisdom to those of us who want to listen. She takes on her career, sex, award show expectations (also known as pudding), Saturday Night Live, and briefly touches upon her marriage and divorce; her life experiences with apologies and forgiveness had me on the verge of tears, and I experienced the same upwelling of emotion to hear her speak of her love for her sons. Parks and Recreation is my favorite comedy show, and there might have been a few tears shed when she recounted how the series came to be, how it struggled along, then spoke of each of her co-stars on the show in turn. Leslie Knope would have been proud.
What I learned from this book is that Amy Poehler is an incredibly warm person. So much so that I want to take what I have heard from her and bring some of that warmth into my own life for others and myself. No matter how often she lamented how hard it was to write her first book I hope she’ll release another one day. Do the streets want more Amy Poehler?