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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler


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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.

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Abigail B.
Denville, NJ
395 reviews
I bought "Yes Please" by Amy Pohler while filling my Nook before a long flight to Cancun for my honeymoon (I did not know what to do with all of the free time post-wedding planning). It is a great, lighthearted read. I was excited for another comedic memoir and was pleasantly surprised to find that this book took a more serious tone. Not only does Amy leave you laughing out loud (enough that I stop to read bits to my husband to explain my outbursts), but she leaves you inspired with her social critique and "yes please" attitude. This book does a good job of blending Amy's quirky life stories with her commentary on society, ie the stigma of working moms, sexism (especially at work) and saying yes to any and all opportunities (and the possible hilarity or disaster that may ensue). She did a great job blending the heavy and light tones throughout the book, without leaving the reader bogged down. This book was a great beach read. It is comprised of several short anecdotes, which take between 5-10 minutes each to read. It is an easy book to pick up and put down between stories, as they do not necessarily go in chronological order or relate to each other. They are fairly independent, making for a great book to read on the go. I'd recommend it to any young woman looking for a weekend book or beach book this summer.
Michaela C.
467 reviews
I listened to "Yes Please" on tape, and I'm so glad I did.  Amy Poehler is fantastic at narrating her own stories, but also includes her parents and friends as guest narrators, which added so much to the book.  She's funny and insightful, and everyone should read this book!
Mikaela C.
122 reviews
I loved this book. Rightfully so considering I love Amy Poehler. She truly opens up about her life and let’s her readers see the good and the bad. She writes about her SNL days and the happy times that came with them as well as her marriage and children. I wold recommend.
Reese F.
47 reviews
Amy Poehler is legit one of my favorite people on this planet so of course I had to read her memoir! It was entertaining, endearing and felt really genuine. I was sad to finish it
Allie L.
151 reviews
Amy Poehler is one of my all time favorite people and I admire her so much, so it was a no brainer when it came to reading this book. It lets you into her life in a way that you can't get just from interviews or watching her on TV. It's like she was speaking directly to me and giving me some of the best advice I had ever heard. At times, I couldn't relate to her life (obviously because I'm not an uber famous comedian), but most of the time her stories resonated with me in one way or another. This is a book you can (and should) go back to again and again. Her advice and stories are timeless.
Katherine R.
Union City, NJ
174 reviews
What a straight up KWEEN. Amy Poehler never stops making me fall in love with her. This look into her journey from just a girl doing improv to the star she is today is a must read for anyone looking to enter show business in some way. She talks about being a mother, her experiences on SNL, Parks and Recreation, her time with the Upright Citizens Brigade, jobs she took to make ends meet and so much more. Of course, the whole book is full of her unique comedy. A must read if you love memoirs!
April C.
N Syracuse, NY
4 reviews
A few years back, I listened to the audiobook of Bossypants by Tina Fey and I think that kind of jumpstarted this love of celebrity narrated memoirs. Amy Poehler, BFF with Tina Fey is a superstar in her own right. When I saw that Yes Please was being released on Audible I knew without doubt that I had to plunk down a credit on that audiobook. I am one of those people who is a megafan of Parks And Recreation despite not having seen the last season, I have seen the prior seasons enough that Tom Haverford’s slang has made it into my every day language and I do in fact own a DJ roomba.

I wouldn’t say that there is a specific story per se in Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. Rather, it’s a collection of Poehler’s thoughts and observations. We learn about her life growing up in Boston. We learn about how hard she’s worked to get to where she is. There’s a part about how she learned that she loved acting — when she was in the school play for the Wizard Of Oz and she had the audience in stitches. That’s a feeling that she wanted to keep replicating. It’s actually really interesting to read about her working class origins and to see how far she’s come. There’s also parts in there on her divorce from Will Arnett as well as the birth and raising of her children. OH! And how she is very woman positive and about cheering people on instead of being jealous of their success or bitter. I love that. I love the positivity and that’s something that Poehler inspires me to do — to be happy for people who succeed and not jealous or petty about it because I can do that too. If that makes any sense. OH OH OH and before I forget Poehler also details her most shameful moment while on Saturday Night Live and how this one time she did a skit that punched down and laughed at someone instead of with and how it made her feel awful afterward.

Yes Please is such a candid and honest book that I really did feel like Poehler was my friend while I was listening to it. I liked that she didn’t shy away from anything and was just so transparent. She’s absolutely great and well, even though she’s got her faults like all humans, I continue to be a fan.

Okay so the very best thing about Yes Please the audiobook is that not only does the inimitable Amy Poehler narrate, but she has guest narrators! Like Carol Burnett for one! As well as a few others, but I won’t spoil the surprise. This is one of those audiobooks that I was sad to see end. I already like Poehler and watch Parks And Recreation, so the audiobook felt like something I would naturally like — and I totally did. I think if you are new to audiobooks this one might actually be quite a good fit for you. It’s easy to listen to and Poehler has a lot of life in her narration.

Emily L.
164 reviews
I was so excited to read this book because i was seeing it everywhere and i also love amy poehler. It was interesting to learn the back story of how she got into comedy and acting but i expected a little more from it considering how entertaining she is. Some parts were just a little hard to read through because it was like she was jumping from one thought to another
Rebecca M.
West Chester, OH
170 reviews
I LOVED this book! Amy poehler is such a real and wonderful human being and I am so inspired by her. I absolutely loved reading her book and gaining insight from her. So many parts of this book made me laugh out loud and there were also many parts where I felt understood and inspired
Cheryl B.
223 reviews
I read Bossypants by Tina Fey and was excited to read this thinking it'd be similar. I don't know what it was but I didn't think it was as funny as Fey's. I think it was the balance of story-telling and humor that wasn't right for me. I really wanted to like it but didn't even finish it. I like Amy Poehler on TV and in movies, she's funny, but for me, it didn't translate to the page.
Mariah S.
Bend, OR
235 reviews
I love Amy! How is this book?
Amy S.
Roseville, MN
287 reviews
Is this book worth the read?
Pamela N.
Hamilton , ON
499 reviews
Is this book good ? Did it make you laugh ?
RoseAnn H.
76 reviews
Was this an easy book to read? Some autobiographies get boring and are hard to really get into....does this read like a traditional autobiography or is it told more like a story?
Melissa A.
310 reviews
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