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Yes Please Paperback – 18 Jun 2015
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The funniest, smartest and frankest memoir I've ever read (Doug Johnstone, Books of the Year 2014 Herald)
Required reading for all young women (Best Books of 2014 Huffington Post)
A joy . . . [Poehler] has particularly smart advice on how to ignore the internal whispers that give rise to self-loathing; it should be piped into the girls' changing rooms at every secondary school (Books of the Year 2014 Evening Standard)
[A] bristlingly intelligent, guffaw-out-loud memoir . . . Yes Please isn't a scan of the comedic brain so much as it is something far better-the full exposure of Poehler's funny and very magnanimous heart (Elle)
Hilarious . . . wickedly funny and razor sharp (Observer)
Yes Please is what happens if you take the wit of Saturday Night Live, sprinkle it with the warmth of Nora Ephron and marinade it in the spirit of the best, most empowering women's magazine . . . Poehler is that rare thing: wise without being bossy, smart without making you feel a bit stupid, funny without making you wince. And her book is like sitting in your kitchen with your best friend, drinking too much wine, laughing, crying and maybe doing embarrassing mum dancing (Harper’s Bazaar)
Half memoir, half advice column, and 100 percent wisecracking, sharp-as-hell, belly-laugh-making Poehler (GQ)
Funny, wise, earnest, honest, spiritually ambitious . . . a smart and funny woman who isn't either of those things all the time and doesn't mind admitting it because she thinks that's important (LA Times)
[Amy Poehler] is simply one of the best things about the 21st century so far. . . one of this year's essential reads (Stylist)
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the only book I care about these days: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler is an American actor, comedian and writer. She is also a mighty force for good... I know you're sick of celebrity memoirs, you're sick of female celebrities talking about feminism, blah blah blah. Well, that's just fine because Poehler's book is so much more than that. Poehler is the only person in the world other than Nora Ephron who can be funny about divorce (and she is so funny about divorce), and she is definitely the only person in the world from whom I will accept sex tips (and her sex tips are great). But most of all, she's super smart (Hadley Freeman Guardian)
A memoir in essays in the bestselling tradition of Tina Fey's Bossypants and Caitlin Moran's How To Be a WomanSee all Product description
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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). Powered by Amy's charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
Amy Poehler is an actress, comedian, and writer. She was a founding member of the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City and a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2009. She also starred as Leslie Knope on NBC's Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe. Poehler lives in Los Angeles, and is the author of the New York Times Number One bestseller 'Yes Please'.
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It has all of the ingredients to be a great book and an enjoyable read, and while I read it for hours, the more I read, the more I see what could have been done better. In the start of the book, Poehler talks about needing to do the book because she promised her editor she would, rather than a passion for writing (although she clearly has) or a drive. Reading it, I felt as though I was a teacher, looking through a smart and funny kid's essay but constantly aware that they did it because they HAD TO rather than they WANT TO. It's an interesting position to be in, and one which I haven't been in before... and I feel that it's uncommon because it's hard to do well. Once with that idea that the book was written rather reluctantly was in my head, it's hard to put that idea aside; instead sections where others write chapters feel like providing help to reach the deadline/page count (and admitted as such). While it's a personal story and incredibly honest, Poehler's book is more like a collection of stories from herself, friends and family.
I am a fan from Parks & Rec but knew little about her work outside of that. It's interesting to learn more about her life and drive. I love her attitude and that she's incredibly feminist. If you're not very familiar with comedy, there's quite a bit which you won't understand; there's an expectation that you're familiar with Saturday Night Live and names within that side of the entertainment industry, there's a understandably heavy focus of that. With that in mind, I wouldn't say it's light reading, but if you're a long-time fan of Poehler, I can see how you can absolutely love this book.
I have an annoying habit of not being able to give up on a book once I've gotten more than half way through, if not for that I would have!
I liked how Amy refuses to discuss certain things (and didn't apologise for it) and that it was honest, and felt very much like it represented her as a person. It wasn't the best autobiography I have ever read, but I think that's because it can't really be classed as one - it is more like an edited diary or a casual chat with friends over a glass of wine.
She has gained a new fan in me and I always enjoy hearing what she is up to.
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This book is great, it’s a light hearted read about her life with pictures!
Fab for any fan