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Yes Please (2014)

by Amy Poehler

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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.
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    Bossypants by Tina Fey (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Poehler and Fey are coworkers and friends. They share a similar sensibility.
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    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling (literary.feline)
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    How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Joanna.cox)
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    Little Miss Little Compton: A Memoir by Arden Myrin (Anonymous user)
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    I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: By turns touching and hilarious, these memoirs relate both what it is to be a woman and what Hollywood is really like. Celebrities -- they really are just like us!
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I wholeheartedly recommend the audio book. The beginning starts out a little slow for me. The middle hit me like a ton of bricks. I replayed the chapter on how to treat your career a few times.
I give it 5 bad relationships out of 5 bad relationships. ( )
  umbet | May 21, 2024 |
4 Stars

Down to earth, bluntly honest, and relatable despite her fame.

Poehler is just as quirky and fun and a bit off kilter as one would imagine her to be.
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  A_Reader_Obsessed | Apr 21, 2024 |
Road trip audiobook. This one got split up over two road trips a month apart, but I slipped back into it quite smoothly.

Poehler is a funny woman, and it was quite pleasant to pass the miles listening to her talk about her life, SNL, Parks and Recreation, and whatever other random topics occurred to her. Just what I want in a traveling companion. ( )
  villemezbrown | Mar 15, 2024 |
Reminded me a lot of Bossypants by Tina Fey, didn’t enjoy that much either. As a memoir it didn’t have much meat to it, as a funny book there was no humour to be found for me, and as an “advice book” there were few pearls of wisdom at all. It didn’t make me feel any differently to Amy Poehler than before I read it, and I think that is a bit of a failure for such a book. It was all in all rather boring. ( )
  73pctGeek | Mar 5, 2024 |
I thought that due to the sectioned-up nature of this book I would read it a bit at a time around other commitments.

Instead, I was compelled to consume it in one go, because Poehler's chatty writing style echoes her speaking voice and is super readable. I kept thinking of Fran Drescher's autobiography [b:Enter Whining|489109|Enter Whining|Fran Drescher|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1387708436s/489109.jpg|2493755], which is similarly honest, straightforward, and open. I've reread Drescher's books many times and hope to reread Yes Please just as many. It's the kind of book that gives you a kick in the butt while simultaneously lifting you up and giving you a hug. ( )
  LaurenThemself | Feb 20, 2024 |
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This book is heavy. Perhaps that's because it's so firmly packed with wit and insight. Fans of Poehler and her offbeat characters expect her to be outrageous 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. 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.
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For my bold and beautiful boys.
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I like hard work and I don't like pretending things are perfect.
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There is no reason to talk to strangers.
Quick note here: Everybody wants you to share your MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT all the time, and I'm here to tell you that you don't have to. You don't have to tell it or tweet it or Instagram it. You don't have to put it in a book or share it with anyone who doesn't feel safe and protective of your heart.
I think we don't lie to our children enough.
I think nonprofits should guarantee that giving your time and money makes your skin better and your ass smaller. Why not? There are so many people in the world with so little. Who cares why you decide to help?
A person’s tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren't one story.
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