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Yes Please

Title: Yes Please
Genre: Memoir

Originally Published: October 28, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Amy Poehler
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062350886

The Story

Yes PleaseFrom the Scribd book page::

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), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

The Response

I will admit that I’m not the world’s greatest Parks and Rec fan. I don’t particularly like those mockumentary-style television shows (in fact, I don’t think I even saw a whole episode of The Office until late in the last season). But I thoroughly enjoyed what I had seen of Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live reruns (seriously, I could not stay up to watch this on Saturdays when I was home. The only reason I watch it now is due to the PVR.) and on last year’s Golden Globes. She is gosh-darn funny! And then, I heard only good things about her book. I was intrigued.

And it was phenomenally funny. I love the way that this was written – in a very approachable way, that makes her seem like someone you could go out for coffee with and she’d make you feel totally at ease. She tells stories from growing up, through starting her career, to her time on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Rec. Nothing seems to be off limits either – she talks about drugs she’s done and hasn’t done, about giving birth, she even touches on getting divorced from Will Arnett (which, for some reason, I really wasn’t expecting her to talk about at all).

I have to say that I am EXTREMELY glad that I listened to this as an audiobook. Not only did I get to hear Poehler narrating, but she had lots of OTHER people there too. Like Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett and Patrick Stewart. Seriously. The parts that Patrick Stewart narrated were made so much funnier because of the fact that it was him and you would absolutely never expect Jean Luc Picard to say something like THAT.

And the chapter written by Seth Meyers was all narrated by him, and well! Sometimes I love characters in novels because they are adored so much by their friends and because they adore their friends so much. (Kind of like Bush in the Horatio Hornblower books!) And I have to say that if Meyers and Poehler were fictional characters, I would love them both because of what great friends they are and how highly they seem to think of each other.

While I liked Poehler before, I have some serious crazy respect for this woman now.

The Bottom Line

Definitely highly recommend this book. I may actually start back at the beginning of Parks and Rec now and watch the whole series, just because of how much I enjoyed this.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:16 am January 15, 2015.
Category: Non-Fiction
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  • Kyla @ Mommy’s Weird

    WHOOO HOOOO. You are so much better at this than I am! I now want to watch Parks and Recreation. AND hang out with Tina Fey.

  • Courtney Wilson

    I know! I really want to give the series another go, because I think I’ll really enjoy it now! And yes, hanging out with Tina would be AWESOME. Also, I am not so much better at this – you had so much enthusiasm and better at communicating through video! It was so great! :)