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Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners?
If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All" Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.
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Like her friend Tina Fey’s Bossypants, actress Amy Poehler’s memoir is warm, funny, and tremendously encouraging. Writing about everything from her childhood, self-image, and career trajectory to general observations about love, heartbreak, friendship, fame, and raising kids, Poehler goes from wry to silly to heartfelt. Reading Yes Please is a happy-making experience—you’ll laugh a lot and feel delighted that someone so sharp and talented shares many of your anxieties and dreams.
Poehler, the sharp and self-deprecating Emmy-winning star of TV's Parks and Recreation, takes a stab here at autobiography mixed with advice on sex, babies, and even divorce. She mines her 20s, back in the 1990s, when she cut her teeth in theater at ImprovOlympic in Chicago, and with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Poehler struggled for many years in part-time gigs including doing bits on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and her humility and good work ethic shine through: for example, in the chapter "Don't Forget to Tip Your Waitress" (which was excerpted last year in the New Yorker), she recounts rather poignantly her various early jobs, such as working as a junior secretary in a podiatrist's office at age 16 and doing waitressing stints in Chicago and New York. Poehler gives ample credit to current and former colleagues, such as Matt Besser of UCB, Seth Meyers at SNL, and the cast of Parks and Recreation; elsewhere she offers some wonderful advice on apologies both receiving and giving. Her memoir is as bewitching and chameleonlike as Poehler herself is when she appears onstage and on-screen.
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Yes Please Amy Poehler WRITE ANOTHER...AND ANOTHER!
I absolutely enjoyed life from the perspective of Amy Poehler. She's one of my favorite minds in entertainment, and this book does nothing but confirm there is a multitude of creativity still untapped in her! I read this right before I took my husband to NYC for the first time and it served as a tour guide for us -- we went to a show at UCB that was nothing short of glorious! It was everything Amy described in the book and makes you want to quit your job, go on a short bender to unlock the creativity suppressed in your everyday technology-makes-my-brain-lazy-and-my-eyes-crazy and join UCB. Through out the book I pictured Amy reading it in the voice she used for one of my fave SNL sketches called "Colonel Angus" ... I will definitely re-read this in the future! I'm so glad Amy Poehler finished this book!
AMAZING, and PERFECT.
I'm 15, and I love it. It's so far made me change my view on life which I thought was smart: "cold and 'just deal with it'" I now believe that happiness is achievable and if you set your mind, you can prosper having the right measures. Enough about me, the book is written in such a fun manner, no wonder I can't help but to slip my iPod up on my desk during math lectures and read this amazing book. Amy, if you ever read this, I just want you to know: Thank you so much, for being you. For everything you have done. From Smart Girls to Parks and Recreation, and most certainly for this book!!! It has made me unafraid to say who I am.
Good, but not great. It was an enjoyable read but I was really hoping to laugh out loud. Sorry. None of that!