Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

     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 and 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 the 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.

My Review: 4 Stars
     I really enjoyed Amy's banter and her "I don't care what you think of me" voice in Yes Please. We get a behind the scenes look into her days with the Upright Citizens' Brigade, Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation and how comedy was an outlet for her creativity and her passion. We also get some cute stories about her boys and her journey as a mother, her feelings while going through a divorce as well as glimpses into her childhood in Mass.
     I Love when I'm reading a book and I run across something that will brighten a friends day and Amy supplied me with just the words I needed to make my friend smile, and I quote " I AM LAUGHING SO HARD. THAT MADE MY DAY. THANK U." followed by "Love u so much!"
     This was what I wrote her from Amy's My World-Famous Sex Advice...
#5. Don't get undressed and start pointing out your flaws or apologizing for things you think are wrong with your body. Men don't notice or care. They are about to get laid! They are so psyched. Men are very visual, so if you don't want them to look at your stomach just put fake mustaches on your breast to distract them.
     So we have a shopping date to buy some mustaches
     You will love this book if you want to know more about the ups and downs of stand-up and T.V.. But it's also for someone who wants a glimpse into the life of someone trying to find their way through this crazy life we live and sees a bright-side or a calming place in the hustle we experience. I really liked her suggestions and examples of living in the moment, which I myself take for granted.  

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