I would like to give this book 10 out of 5 stars, or 100 out of 5. All the stars! I went into this with pretty high expectations because I love Amy Poehler as she is a strong, amazing, funny woman, but this book just blew me away. First of all, the audiobook is where it’s at. Not only does she read it herself, but there are bits read by Kathleen Turner, Carol freaking Burnett and Sir Patrick freaking Stewart. And if celebrity cameos aren’t your thing, her parents both read their advice and it is just endearing and honest […]
Amy Poehler’s Yes Please is just the right mix of professional and personal essays that I think I wanted out of Lena Dunham’s memoir, and with more relateable life experience, since I consider myself more of Amy’s generation than Lena’s. I’m 36 so I’m in between them, but my resistance to new technology and fondness for 90s alternative rock puts me squarely in Generation X, I decided. In Yes Please, Amy writes a series of essays covering her childhood in New England, finding success but little money in Chicago, getting her big BIG break on Saturday Night Live, making Parks […]
I never think of listening to audiobooks. I don’t know why. I should totally listen to more audiobooks. I spend enough time in the car, shuttling kids back and forth, driving to Target 9 million times a week, and doing all sorts of other errands. When I requested Yes, Please from my library, I didn’t even notice that I had clicked on the audiobook version — not the regular hardcopy book — to add to my hold queue. But hey, I’m glad I did. Otherwise, I never would have had the pleasure of hearing Patrick Stewart saying “fake boobs are […]
I feel like I should write a long and in depth review of how and why Amy Poehler’s Yes Please worked so well for me. But, I don’t know that I know how to do that. I’ve seen mostly positive reviews of the book and I agree that it’s my second favorite autobiography by a comedian, coming in right behind Craig Ferguson’s American on Purpose. But I don’t know that I’m able to put my finger on why. One of the detractions I’ve seen, and something that actually pleased me and prepared me for reading this book, is that it’s not […]
“The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” (329) There was never any doubt that I would read Yes Please (2014) by Amy Poehler; the only question was how long I’d have to wait for it to become available at the library. I’ve always enjoyed Poehler. I like her jokes, and I like her attitude, and these come across well in her book. I read the real […]
Amy Poehler, comedienne, best friend of Tina Fey, SNL alumni, genius behind Parks and Recreation, brains behind Smart Girls at the Party, and all around general ass-kicker, wrote a book. And it’s good. In fact it’s great. I’ll avoid comparisons to Bossypants, Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?, and the other recent biographies written by the various funny women we’re so lucky to have in our lives, except to say that I’m so so glad to live in a time when women like Poehler, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling and their contemporaries are doing the amazing, intelligent work that they are doing. We still have a […]
I think it’s probably impossible to read Amy Poehler’s book without comparing it, subconsciously at the very least, with Tina Fey’s Bossypants (and possibly Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?). Bossypants was certainly on my mind, not just because when I think of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey isn’t far behind (and vice versa), but also because both women (and Mindy Kaling) are associated in my mind with being funny on Thursday night NBC sitcoms. They’ve also all three got that ethos about them. The not giving a shit what others think about them. The not placing importance on stupid […]
First off, I love getting mail. Even better is mail with books inside that I’ve ordered. However, I have to say surprise book gifts take the cake. And my birthday isn’t even here yet 🙂 Thanks Bonnie for sending me my first Terry Pratchett book. And I’ve been wanting that Amy Poehler book ever since I saw her at BookCon. She is simply delightful. Also hat tip to Katie (faintingviolet) for organizing and your holiday card.