Title: Yes Please
Author: Amy Poehler
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Hardcover: 329 pages
Source: Chicago Public Library
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
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 full of words to live by.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I love it when my favorite celebrities write memoirs; though I’m not a Parks and Rec fan, which is how many seem to know about her, I love how Amy Poehler’s wit and humor come across in everything she does, and I’ve heard stories of her just being an amazingly kind and thoughtful person, so when I finally found a slot on my currently-reading list, I decided to give Yes Please a shot.
It’s more than just a humorous book written by a funny person. While I loved reading about the behind-the-scenes stuff and learning about Poehler’s journey to becoming who she is now, her writing shines when she reflects on the basics of life and love and how she’s experienced them. I appreciated her reflections on what it meant for her to be a parent, how she views parenting and technology and finding the balance between giving enough of herself to her family while also finding success in her career. This is the stuff that everyone can relate to, and she’s incredibly thoughtful when sharing her experiences; she offers a lot of wisdom and is able to find humor in even sad circumstances, which I appreciated a lot. (She’d be such a great friend to have!)
If you’re a Poehler fan, I think you’ll enjoy it, and I would even encourage you to consider somehow getting a copy of both the print book (either digitally or physically) as well as the audiobook; both are fun for different reasons. In the audiobook, Poehler has her friends guest-narrate bits and pieces, and in the book, she includes old pictures of herself and her friends and family. It’s not a groundbreaking, must-read book, but it’s definitely an enjoyable read.