Author: Amy Poehler
Genre: Nonfiction Memoir
Publisher: Dey St.
Published: October 28, 2014
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
Amy Poehler has always been one of my favorite comedians. I listened to the audiobook for this book and I highly suggest doing it that way. Listening to the audio version is the best way to read the book as Amy narrates it herself. There were parts that I laughed out loud! It made the story so much funnier listening to Amy's narration and story with her voice.
Before reading the book, I knew very seldom about her or her life other than being on SNL. She delves into her relationship with Tina Fey which I enjoyed hearing about. Also, hearing about her marriage and divorce gave great insight into relationships. The book tended to drag at parts and I became bored many times while reading. She offered a lot of advice about life. At the time, I needed an easy read and this was just that. I enjoyed the celebrity name dropping! It was interesting to see Amy's opinions.
The book is nothing Earth-shattering. It was just something fun to read. The fact that Amy can laugh at herself is pretty refreshing to read. I got the impression that she's a pretty down to earth person. This made me very happy to read. Overall, it's a pretty average memoir. I, unfortunately, wasn't blown away. I still appreciate Amy Poehler and liked seeing a little bit inside her world.
Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, producer and writer. Raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which later developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons. Poehler was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999. Poehler was a cast member on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2008. In 2004, she became the co-anchor of the Weekend Update sketch along with her friend and colleague Tina Fey. Poehler's work on SNL earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She is known for voicing Bessie Higgenbottom in the 2008–2011 Nickelodeon series, The Mighty B! and Eleanor Miller in the Alvin and the Chipmunks CGI films. Since 2009, she has starred as Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, and received the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series. She is also an eight-time Emmy Award nominee. Poehler is currently starring in the new Swedish-American sitcom Welcome to Sweden along with her brother Greg Poehler.