Yes Please

Yes Please

Book - 2014
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In a perfect world . . .

We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy--someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she's not available for movie night.

Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please , Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062268341
0062268341
9780062379795
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 POEHLER
Characteristics: xix, 329 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.

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AL_HOLLYR Aug 29, 2017

Candid and often hilarious stories from the SNL and Parks and Rec star.

Be sure to check out the chapter "Sorry, Sorry, Sorry" - it is one of the best essays I have ever read.

jeana12 Aug 07, 2017

Way more personable and touching then I expected. This is such a wonderful read. It is also gives great insight into growing as a person and learning from our mistakes. The end part that is about her sons is extremely emotional and very well written. This book is very relatable .

AL_ALICIA Feb 24, 2017

I love Amy Poehler on and off screen. After Tina Fey's Bossypants, I was excited to read another book from a female comedy icon and while parts of this book made me laugh, something just fell short. Perhaps it was just a little more memoir than comedy. The writing just didn't incorporate enough of the Amy Poehler I love to keep me engaged.

DCPL_Karen Nov 04, 2016

Amy Poehler is always funny on screen -- I really enjoyed this opportunity to get to know her serious, thoughtful side. Packed with reflections and advice, it's a must-read.

JCLHelenH Aug 05, 2016

There's a lot to love in Poehler's Yes, Please. There's also a bit of meh. You'll need both the book (for the pictures) and the audio (for her own reading.)

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daysleeper236
Jul 30, 2016

Loved it!

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jannylegs
Jul 17, 2016

Genuine and awesome, full of special guests. Part memoir, part self-help.

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nayoh
Jul 05, 2016

I enjoyed it and laughed at times. However, It didn't seem cohesive to me though and I had trouble finding a discernible theme or through line (despite being broken into three sections and then chapters therein). It also seemed a little shallow and narcissistic at times (I agree with the other commenter who mentioned the obnoxious name-dropping). I much preferred Tina Fey's and Mindy Kaling's efforts. If you like funny memoirs, give 'Listen to the Squawking Chicken' by Elaine Lui a try.

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dprodrig
Jun 27, 2016

Easy to read, full of smart comments and some surprising insights. But not as strong as I was expecting, hence the rating.

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rachernandez
Jun 20, 2016

I loved this book. It was filled with so much hope and truth. I fully appreciated how honest Amy Poehler is throughout this book. Her life is incredibly interesting and it was so amazing to be able to get a glimpse into everything she has worked for in order to be where she is today. A refreshing, interesting and entertaining read.

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