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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)
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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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- 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.
I would have loved to say "I couldn't put it down!" but my adult years have taught me *some* self-restraint, so I unwittingly bookmarked it a couple times over a few days to get as much work done as possible so as not to arouse suspicion from my superiors.
This book, for one beautifully brutal work-week, became my everything. I am so grateful Amy shared her soul with me because this stranger needed her so desperately. She will never know how she has helped me. And that's ok. She also taught me that there are probably a few people who I might have helped this way. Her words grounded me. They validated me. They reminded me why I love to read.
Amy Poehler has written a book saturated with witticisms, credos and battle cries. In doing so, she has achieved a rare feat of enchanting her way onto my sacred list of Favorite Authors. This is a difficult task. I am not even on that list. And my writing is something to write home about.
"Yes Please" is honest, funny and harsh. There are times where I am so deeply entrenched in her disquiet, and I know it, I get it, and I hate it all with her. I have never been a Hollywood actor, or a mother, or a wife, but in some inexplicable interconnected way, her intuition guides my insight into her strange fiction-filled reality.
It's her connections in life that she fuses together through a variety of vignettes that she balances with non-sequiturs, footnotes or pure silliness. Oh how I needed those silly parts because sometimes what she had to say wasn't easy to sit with as a person guilty of similar offenses.
I am grateful on a pure human level that she seemed wholeheartedly overwhelmed with writing this book and that writing it sometimes just wasn't much fun for her. Not because I wanted her to suffer, but because I often find that the best books to read are, upon closer inspection, labors of love. Her frustration echoes from the sheer weight of the physical book (it's DECEPTIVELY heavy) to her constant avowals of this frustration within the preface, within Seth Meyer's written cameo, and even within her acknowledgements at the end. Be prepared--she complains about how hard it is to write an awful lot. But that's because writing is hard and contingent on connections--real or imagined.
Maybe, just maybe, this will convince people to blog less and connect more. Especially if you decided to read the e-book and you must swipe your way guiltily through her chapter on why technology is the devil. (Side note: This book often did a good job of making me feel guilty for choosing the easy way, but Amy Poehler never made me feel alone as I stewed in that guilt. Usually, if she didn't have a brilliant solution to abate that sinking feeling deep within me, she would have a sliver of silver lining and remind me I am just human. Just like she is.)
I am in awe of her authenticity. She owed me none of that honesty, but it felt like I was taking a warm bath in estrogen. I was reminded of all the ways women are beautiful creatures with exceptional powers and a unique cadence that we share through our sincerity.
I write this review to pay homage to a new legend, even if only in my eyes. Amy Poehler has rejuvenated a very lost soul and I need to celebrate her.
In honor of her, I immediately shared my book with my dear friend. At first, she regaled in the density and visual content, like I did, for a few short minutes, then proceeded to open the book and immerse herself in the preface. Out loud, she spoke the words I remembered saying to myself just five short days ago...
"I'm on page ix and I've already learned so much!"
Thank you, Amy Poehler, for teaching me, reminding me and, most critically, empowering me.