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Yes Please Paperback – Illustrated, September 1, 2015
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“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)
“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)
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.
- Lexile Measure : 910L
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006226835X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062268358
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Dey Street Books; Illustrated Edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Furthermore, with regards to name dropping and discussions of a privileged lifestyle-- you're reading a celebrity memoir? She's discussing her daily life, and as she's a celebrity, she has celebrity friends and a more affluent way of living. I don't know what you were expecting, frankly. “Please write me stories about your life, but don't tell me about your friends or your lifestyle, just tell me the painful things like your divorce!” That doesn't make any sense.
I loved this memoir. It was full of cute anecdotes, and funny little things. I appreciated it, and I appreciate Poehler.
I didn't go into the book with any expectations, but still felt a bit disappointed. There was comedy in there, but not as much as I had liked. Much of the beginning of her story was about her being pregnant, her childbirth, her being a mother: which was not an issue, it was just 3 - 4 chapters in a row that I finally was like "can we change the subject already?"
The guest readers were a nice touch, but felt they may have been thrown in there haphazardly: Seth Meyers chapter, to me, didn't need to be there.
Organizationally it was a little all over the place. References from pre and post SNL life kept alternating at different times and I was sometimes confused. This isn't a major issue, just something I noticed.
I am glad I listened to the book versus read it. I do think it made a difference.
I think she’s great. And this was basically an enjoyable read. Not sure I would recommend this one first off to other people though.
There doesn't seem to be anything threading each chapter together and the book offers very little insight into creativity or her personal development. So it's not a memoir or an advice book, really. Kind of just reads like a book of journal musings and none of them are particularly interesting.
I am generally not a huge fan of autobiographies, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I laughed out loud (obviously, the woman is hilarious), I enjoyed the personal photos she shared and the tales of how she got to be where she is today. She is an inspiring woman and it was interesting to learn more about where she came from and just how very human she is. I also enjoyed the anecdotes about her early days and it was cool to look up her old stuff online (the Upright Citizens Brigade and Andy's Little Sister bits were particularly enjoyable). It's a good read about an interesting woman and I'm happy to have it in my collection. More Amy Poehler? Yes, please!
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I have an annoying habit of not being able to give up on a book once I've gotten more than half way through, if not for that I would have!