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Title:
Yes please
Author:
Poehler, Amy, 1971- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2014]

©2014.
Physical Description:
xix, 329 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
The actress best known for her work on "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey.
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780062268341

9780062268358
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Amy Poehler was born on September 16, 1971 in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a writer, actress, producer, and director. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, and Baby Mama. Her first book, Yes Please, was published in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* This book is heavy. Literally heavy, as in surprisingly hard to carry around. Perhaps that's because it's so firmly packed with wit and insight. And all that insight makes it figuratively heavy as well, though you might not notice because of all the wit. Fans of Poehler and her offbeat characters expect her to be outrageous (I'm looking at you, Amber, one-legged, gassy reality star), and there's some of that here, but mostly this is a sweet, funny memoir and a thoughtful look at what it takes to be a woman, a woman in comedy, a divorced woman with children, and, peering into the future, a 90-year-old woman who has plenty of advice to offer middle-aged Amy. In fact, there's lots of advice given here, and it's smart, the kind of stuff your favorite aunt would tell you, albeit, an aunt who once shot a moose on the Weekend Update set while rapping alongside Sarah Palin. She addresses how to treat your career (like a bad boyfriend); how not to torture other women about their life choices; ways to shut people up about your newly single status (Hey, lady, I don't want to fuck your husband). With so much to enjoy and absorb, you may even want to carry this book around, reread it, and underline pertinent-to-your-own-life sentences, which would be perfectly reasonable, except for the fact that it's so darn heavy.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Poehler, the sharp and self-deprecating Emmy-winning star of TV's Parks and Recreation, takes a stab here at autobiography mixed with advice on sex, babies, and even divorce. She mines her 20s, back in the 1990s, when she cut her teeth in theater at ImprovOlympic in Chicago, and with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Poehler struggled for many years in part-time gigs-including doing bits on Late Night with Conan O'Brien-and her humility and good work ethic shine through: for example, in the chapter "Don't Forget to Tip Your Waitress" (which was excerpted last year in the New Yorker), she recounts rather poignantly her various early jobs, such as working as a junior secretary in a podiatrist's office at age 16 and doing waitressing stints in Chicago and New York. Poehler gives ample credit to current and former colleagues, such as Matt Besser of UCB, Seth Meyers at SNL, and the cast of Parks and Recreation; elsewhere she offers some wonderful advice on apologies-both receiving and giving. Her memoir is as bewitching and chameleonlike as Poehler herself is when she appears onstage and on-screen. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

There are no doubt people in the world who do not wish to hang out with Poehler, including the crabby businessman who complained about the author and her "comedy wife," Tina Fey, talking nonstop on a flight. For the rest of us, there's Yes Please on audio. Read by Poehler, the work is a grab bag of sex tips, funny tales of growing up in the 70s, insightful appreciations of coworkers, tidbits from the sets of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, and smart advice on how to survive awards season. The audio version includes some fun cameos, including "walk-ons" by Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and the author's parents, along with extra material. While some of Poehler's observations could be considered a bit obvious, delivered in her signature style and voice and embedded in her stories and the fact of her success, even truisms can be funny and powerful. Verdict It's clear that Poehler and her publisher gave a great deal of thought to how to use the medium to her advantage. She has a point of view and delivers it generously.-Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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