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Yes Please [Kindle Edition]

Amy Poehler
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Book Description

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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The funniest, smartest and frankest memoir I've ever read -- Doug Johnstone, Books of the Year 2014 Herald Required reading for all young women -- Best Books of 2014 Huffington Post A joy ... [Poehler] has particularly smart advice on how to ignore the internal whispers that give rise to self-loathing; it should be piped into the girls' changing rooms at every secondary school -- Books of the Year 2014 Evening Standard [A] bristlingly intelligent, guffaw-out-loud memoir ... Yes Please isn't a scan of the comedic brain so much as it is something far better-the full exposure of Poehler's funny and very magnanimous heart Elle Hilarious ... wickedly funny and razor sharp Observer Yes Please is what happens if you take the wit of Saturday Night Live, sprinkle it with the warmth of Nora Ephron and marinade it in the spirit of the best, most empowering women's magazine ... Poehler is that rare thing: wise without being bossy, smart without making you feel a bit stupid, funny without making you wince. And her book is like sitting in your kitchen with your best friend, drinking too much wine, laughing, crying and maybe doing embarrassing mum dancing Harper's Bazaar Half memoir, half advice column, and 100 percent wisecracking, sharp-as-hell, belly-laugh-making Poehler GQ Funny, wise, earnest, honest, spiritually ambitious ... a smart and funny woman who isn't either of those things all the time and doesn't mind admitting it because she thinks that's important LA Times [Amy Poehler] is simply one of the best things about the 21st century so far... one of this year's essential reads Stylist Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the only book I care about these days: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler is an American actor, comedian and writer. She is also a mighty force for good... I know you're sick of celebrity memoirs, you're sick of female celebrities talking about feminism, blah blah blah. Well, that's just fine because Poehler's book is so much more than that. Poehler is the only person in the world other than Nora Ephron who can be funny about divorce (and she is so funny about divorce), and she is definitely the only person in the world from whom I will accept sex tips (and her sex tips are great). But most of all, she's super smart -- Hadley Freeman Guardian As brilliant and hilarious and adorable as the woman herself Marie Claire Life advice, personal anecdotes and a touch of sex all beautifully handled by the warmest US comedy goddess... Actually adorable Grazia Our favourite agony aunt... Witty, real-life advice Vogue A part-memoir, part-manual mashup of inspirational career counsel and laugh-out-loud sex advice Good Housekeeping Anyone who loves Amy Poehler's biting comedic style will love the SNL star's autobiography... hilarious Stylist Poehler's first book of personal stories and advice, in the vein of Tina Fey's Bossypants and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?... One of America's most beloved comics and actresses The Millions

From the Back Cover

In a perfect world . . .

We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy—someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she's not available for movie night.

Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

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  • File Size: 14937 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHZS39A
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221 of 235 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Amy Poehler books? Yes Please! October 28, 2014
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I will first admit that I'm a sucker for these type of books. I've read Mindy Khaling's, Tina Fey's, Lena Dunham's and even Ellen Degeneres'. I'll also admit that I'm a 24 year old girl, and that my opinions are probably biased based on my age and the (lack of) life experiences I've had so far.

First of all, if you're considering picking up the book versus buying the Kindle version, I would strongly recommend the hard copy. The book is formatted with glossy pages full of colored pictures and chapter titles that I really love (attached some photos and a video). It makes the reading experience a whole lot more exciting. Every time I turned upon a new chapter, I would have to stop for a moment and smile to myself.

That being said, I was excited about Amy's book because I've an avid fan of Parks and Rec, and her previous work on SNL. To me, she just seemed like a really warm person and people only have compliments when talking about her. I couldn't wait to read a book in her voice and learn more about her past.

Some Youtube clips that I just had to dig up after reading about them from Amy's perspective:
SNL Sarah Palin rap:
2011 Emmy's bit:
2009 Emmy's bit:

I'm glad to say I was not disappointed at all. Compared to some of the other authors that I have mentioned, Amy does have more stories and chapters on experiences that I couldn't quite relate to (pregnancy, divorce, raising kids), but by reading about those stories I felt a little more prepared for the future.
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175 of 200 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, But Maybe A Little Frustrating Too November 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Dammit, I don't know.

When "Yes Please" is good, it's wonderful. And the wonderful bits cover quite a wide range, from childhood to career to friendship to sex to motherhood, and just about any random vaguely autobiographical topic you can think of. Amy Poehler also has this fabulous ability to throw a sharp, clever, perfect line in when you least expect it, and almost every time I laughed out loud, it was at one of those lines. The whole book is worth reading just so you can catch them all.

But, the book has a lot of filler. The name-dropping is exhausting. I don't know - maybe people who buy books written by celebrities want to hear about the antics that went on backstage or that time a bit involved George Clooney or that Jessica Simpson looks great without makeup. Maybe Amy Poehler felt like this was necessary, or maybe her publisher told her it was, and who knows, maybe you love it. Personally, though, I don't, and I felt my eyes glazing over whenever these passages would come up. I bought this because the author is smart and funny, not because she's famous. We also hear a lot about how great it is to be in your 20s and performing comedy for a living, and while I don't deny that the experience must have been great to live through, it is not so interesting to read about. At least, not to the extent we see it in "Yes Please." Then, for a stretch, Poehler just quotes directly from the script of Parks & Rec, as though she's just given up on the idea of new content entirely.

Still, I don't want to sound like I'm panning it.
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126 of 147 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE, FUN AND FASCINATING! October 28, 2014
I don't know if one can label this book as a memoir. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (or can she be called the author as it has chapters written by others as well?) is a mishmash of advice, humor, essays, poems, and of course, memoir. Yes please, it is a delightful book to read, brutally honest, sincere, witty and at times harsh on herself. I never thought it would be such a pleasure to read as I have a low opinion of celebrities dishing out advice but Amy Poehler's Yes Please turns out to be quite perceptive and refreshingly different.

What is Yes Please all about? A lot! It is a memoir with a difference, incorporating a lot of other things. Amy writes about her two sons Archie Arnett, 5, and Abel Arnett, 4. And mind you, the book is also dedicated to them. Amy has been married to Will Arnett for nine years and the two went their separate ways in September 2012. Both Arnett and Poehler have kept quiet about it. In Yes Please, Poehler describes it as "too personal" and "too sad." She also writes about her parents, how she grew up in the Boston suburb of Burlington, about her school and about her time at Boston College. She writes not only about the good things that had happened to her but also her regrets as well. Poehler also writes about her experiences with cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana, which is why I feel the book is brutally honest. And, of course, there's plenty of tales from Saturday Night Live.

What I really like about Yes Please by Amy Poehler is its intense honesty without giving much juice to the gossip mill. She is brutal on herself, and doesn't paint rosy pictures where there were none. Her memoir reminded me of Mike Tyson's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good read!
Tears were drying on my face and my cheeks were sore from smiling as I turned out the light at 3am both nights it took me to read it cover to cover. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by carrillo
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel
Disappointing. It seems like she published the first draft. Editing required. A little too juvenile and in your face for a grown woman.
Published 11 hours ago by Anne Licata-solaas
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS and laugh, cry and become inspired by ...
READ THIS and laugh,cry and become inspired by one of our funniest comedians we have!!
Published 11 hours ago by john meyerhofer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Hilarious and unexpectedly heartwarming! A great read! It was great getting insight from a female comedian, actress, writer, working woman and mother.
Published 13 hours ago by Previc S Darling
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of rambling in there but some fun insight
Yes, Please provides a comical behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood’s comedy scene and a peek into Amy Poehler’s life. The scenes about her career are strong and engrossing. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Ax20
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but not what I was hoping
This book was funny in a lot of spots but at times I found myself wondering why certain parts were included.
Published 18 hours ago by Heidi R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book.
I likes the writing of the book, but it was more disorganized than I prefer.
The Kindle version had many pages that were illegible! Read more
Published 22 hours ago by james s. monahan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as Tine Fey!
Tina Fey's book was so funny, I expected the same from this book. Amy mentions several times she didn't want to write this book and was having trouble finding time to work on it. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by D. Sheets
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny , human , interesting
A very self aware and funny read. I wish it was longer so I could keep reading more. This book made me smile a lot.
Published 1 day ago by Michael G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
She's cute and clever. Okay read.
Published 1 day ago by Nina
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Amy Poehler is a writer, actress, producer, and director. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her two boys. She hopes her new book, YES PLEASE, will get her invited onto her hero Judge Judy's yacht.

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