Yes Please by Amy Poehler
If I'm honest with you, I'm slightly embarrassed that Yes Please is the first book I'm blogging about. I don't typically read this type of book. I never have before, and I'm not sure I ever will again. But I have to admit I enjoyed reading it.
I read Yes Please while flying home from Guam. I found it easy to read, very funny and hard to put down.
The author, Amy Poehler, makes you feel like a friend she is swapping stories with. She seamlessly transitions from laughable childhood memories to topics of personal loss and back again. She shares her thoughts and feelings about having children, being nominated for Emmy's and getting divorced. Amy gives you a glimpse into her life and her worldview, and she does all this while making you laugh.
Amy makes it clear that being famous has its perks, but her life isn't perfect. Amy Poehler is a person just like you or me—she doesn't have everything figured out.
As I think about this book, I must acknowledge that Yes Please isn't for everyone. It's not intellectually stimulating. It did not provide takeways for my personal life, since I have a vastly different worldview than Amy Poehler. But her book made me laugh and taught me a little bit more about how another person thinks. Hopefully, we all see the value in that.
About the author, Amy Poehler:
Amy Poehler grew up in New England. She attended Boston College, and after graduating, Amy spent years as a poor artist in Chicago before moving to New York City. While in the Big Apple, she began to do short bits for SNL, and as time passed, Amy became an accomplished comedian, actress and writer. She is probably best known for her role as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation or her work with Tina Fey on SNL's Weekend Update. You can learn more about Amy Poehler the way I did by reading Yes Please, or checking out her Wikipedia page.
Where to buy the book:
Yes Please is available from a wide variety of retailers in several formats. Here are a few links for online purchasing.