Yes Please

20910157by Amy Poehler
4 of 5 stars

This book takes everything you like about Amy Poehler and turns it into a reasonably chronological and quite funny story. I’m always curious to hear about how somebody famous got to where they are. It’s always an interesting combo of hard work / determination / luck / meeting somebody useful / keeping your old friends around / being quite poor for years / finally catching your big break. A comedian’s journey tends to be deeply personal, and she’s not afraid to say so in her book.

The collection is divided up into several parts, and honestly my only wish is for more behind-the-scenes photos. She doesn’t spend too long on any one story, and she is happy to point out how her perception of things has changed with time. While she feels caught navigating middle-age to old-age (as she says, when does that really happen?) I feel like she has a lot of valuable perspective for somebody in their twenties like me.

I liked her on SNL and I also like her show Parks and Recreation–does this mean you have to be a fan to enjoy this book? Possibly–this book is in her voice and that comes through, but on the other hand she doesn’t spend it making many jokes outside of her anecdotes. This doesn’t sound like an interview or a sketch. It’s an introspective collection of essays that tend to center around humorous events. I don’t think you have to be a fan–but you read it and be the judge!

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, Yes Please is available on Goodreads and its parent company Amazon. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey – Amy’s SNL partner in crime has her own humorous memoir that’s quite enjoyable but has a more traditional layout.
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres – This is not Ellen’s first book, and doesn’t cover some stories you expect if you don’t know this. It has what I consider to be more spontaneous jokes within the writing and feels like watching a marathon of her TV show–so if you love her show you will probably love this too.
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris – He’s becoming known for the embarrassing, hilarious stories about himself and his family, and this collection will probably make you squirm with sympathetic awkward feelings.

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