Amy Poehler knows what’s up.
In Yes Please she covers the usual things that ought to be covered in a memoir – her childhood, defining moments and her career – but more than that she describes how difficult it is to write a book (true) and how sometimes we’re all so busy it’s hard to simply stop and live in the moment (also true).
This book is a great read if you’re a woman who’s interested in writing, acting and/or working in ‘show business’ – Poehler dedicates a chapter to this, Things they don’t tell you about the biz, which offers a fun, yet honest take on the matter. (Men don’t worry, there’s something for you too, in the form of ‘Gentleman rules’ regarding the art of sex, with ultimate gems like, ‘We don’t want to remember your penis’ and ‘If you don’t eat pussy, keep walking’).
Poehler’s account of how she got to where she is today is proof of her hard work and sheer determination. She explains in detail the different types of (crummy) jobs she had to take in order to support her dream of writing and performing comedy, and also the often awful situations she found herself in as a result. Her account of Saturday Night Live (SNL) is as hilarious as it is sentimental – she really loved her ‘team’.
Amy’s best feature is her honesty. She explains how she’s still very insecure, she doubts her work and herself often. She explains the times she was an ‘asshole’ and when surrounded by women such as Maya Angelou and Dr. Jane Aronson she asks herself, ‘What the fuck am I doing here?’ These honest confessions are easy to relate to, and often I just wanted to give her a hug, it felt almost as if she’d been my friend for years.
Plus, if you’re also obsessed with Parks and Recreation, Poehler reveals the people behind your favourite characters from the series, and her favourite moments too. When describing Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) she comments, ‘He is someone I would run to when the zombies attack because he can build a boat and is great company.’
To summarise: if you’re asked if you would like to read this book, say Yes Please. (Sorry).
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