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Yes Please Paperback – September 1, 2015
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“Yes Please delivers what it should: life lessons and vicarious thrills…the book is largely a portrait of confidence. Reading it, some of it rubs off on us.” (New Yorker)
“Yes Please is a great story…because it is self-damning and hopeful at the same time.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Pure charm” (People)
“Poehler is very funny, so the jokes are very good…Poehler is very wise, so her advice is on point.” (Slate)
“Delightful...Poehler is frank and funny throughout [Yes Please], as is her nature, but her writing unearths a wise narrator who’s seen some of the worst of life and come out the other side unscathed…Can we get more from Amy Poehler? Yes, seriously, please.” (Newsweek)
“Demonstrates the skill of this excellent comic actress, a funny woman who roots hilarity in specifics.” (Washington Post)
“Required reading for all young women.” (Huffington Post)
“[Yes Please] is honest words of wisdom within a joyous story structure.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Yes Please veers between reminiscing and philosophizing. Poehler had developed some principles over the years and shares them in usually funny fashion.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“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)
From the Back Cover
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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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG1g5qvgtSg
2011 Emmy's bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyFyJqx1lpc
2009 Emmy's bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jSk8yzlm94
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. So despite the fact that much of the book were not relatable, I like how she told those stories so outsiders like me could be more familiar with what other people are going through at times like those.
Other than that, the whole book is written in the typical witty/sarcastic tone that most books like this are written in. And I love it. She talks a bit about her past, how she got into acting and improv, stories about all her famous friends, the journey with Parks and Rec and just gives some general life anecdotes. Seth Meyers also makes a guest appearance and writes a short chapter!
I finished the book within a day because it was a speedy read and I never wanted to stop. I suspect I'll be reading it again in a couple months.
All in all, I can't be more happy that Amy Poehler finally decided to publish her own book. Here's to hoping there will be more!
- No matter how famous, successful you are, that "voice" or "demon" - as she calls it - is there, inside your head to undermine you, criticise you in a destructive manner and make you lose you focus altogether. Her honesty and openness are comforting and helpful - they are also a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles.
- Trustworthy and supportive friends will make you successful. They help you improve yourself, build something founded on common ground, and connect with other people that can also help you. That's how she went from doing improv in small theatres to having her own TV show. Her emphasis on how competition needs to be against yourself not against others, and how people are enablers to her own success is present from beginning to the end of the book. She finished it by writing: "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." (by machines, she's referring to technology)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Yes Please, mainly because of her comedic sense of humour. I would recommend this to people who enjoy reading personal / professional development books and having one or two LOL moments.
Still, I enjoyed the book. It’s good to read stories of women who made it in life and their advice, even when it doesn’t fully apply to your reality. I hadn’t highlighted a book in quite some time but Amy earned a few marks. One of them:
“Have male friends. Have more female friends. Your female friends will outlast every man in your live.”
Certainly something I can take with me on my journey.