Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler~★★★★★

Author: Amy Poehler
Title: Yes Please
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: HarperAudio
Genre: Non-fiction

Audio Book Cover: "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, 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, her work as a producer and director, her place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Brigade, her involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, 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.  

Taryn's Review: I have always enjoyed Amy Poehler's work. I liked her on SNL, but I loved her on her show, Parks and Recreation. Recently I became obsessed with the hit show Broad City on Comedy Central and was surprised to see Poehler listed as Executive Producer on the show. The comedy on Broad City is very different from Parks and Rec, so my intrigue of Poehler was definitely up. When her book came out, I opted to listen to the audio version since I love hearing celebrities read their own books.

This book was a treat to listen to. I laughed out loud while listening to this book. I cried while listening to this book. I felt inspired while listening to this book. A part of me wonders if I shouldn't just keep this book on loop in my car because I loved it so very much. Poehler was candid, witty, funny, honest, heartfelt, and humble. She admitted to some mistakes she has made in her career and I was awed that she was willing to share those mistakes with the public. Another gem in this book was when she had guests like Seth Meyers and Mike Schur on to read/discuss the book with her. It was fun to hear Poehler interact with her friends and genuinely laugh and crack jokes with them.

Poehler covered so much in her book: her early years, her teen years, her college years, career from beginning to present, marriage and divorce, her children, and life advice. It was packed full, yet it never felt overwhelming. Listening to her book was truly a pleasure. While I really enjoyed Poehler's equally famous friend Tina Fey's book Bossypants, Poehler's book was definitely my favorite of the two.

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