Yes Please

Yes Please

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by Amy Poehler

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Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you



Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All" Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Yes Please delivers what it should: life lessons and vicarious thrills…the book is largely a portrait of confidence. Reading it, some of it rubs off on us.”
Los Angeles Times
Yes Please is a great story…because it is self-damning and hopeful at the same time.”
“Pure charm”
“Poehler is very funny, so the jokes are very good…Poehler is very wise, so her advice is on point.”
“Delightful...Poehler is frank and funny throughout [Yes Please], as is her nature, but her writing unearths a wise narrator who’s seen some of the worst of life and come out the other side unscathed…Can we get more from Amy Poehler? Yes, seriously, please.”
Washington Post
“Demonstrates the skill of this excellent comic actress, a funny woman who roots hilarity in specifics.”
Huffington Post
“Required reading for all young women.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“[Yes Please] is honest words of wisdom within a joyous story structure.”
Chicago Sun-Times
Yes Please veers between reminiscing and philosophizing. Poehler had developed some principles over the years and shares them in usually funny fashion.”
Yes Please isn’t a scan of the comedic brain so much as it is something far better—-the full exposure of Poehler’s funny and very magnanimous heart.
Publishers Weekly
★ 11/03/2014
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.)
Kirkus Reviews
The star of Parks and Recreation shares stories from her adolescence, her star-making tenure at Saturday Night Live and her abiding love of improvisation.In her debut book, comedian Poehler credits her approach to work to Carol Burnett, who was "funny and versatile and up for anything" and "a benevolent captain" on her eponymous variety show. The author's successful career proves that collaboration, good manners and gratitude are assets in both business and life. She has written a happy, angst-free memoir with stories told without regret or shame; rather, Poehler provides a series of lessons learned about achieving success through ambition and a resolute spirit. She affectionately recounts her perfect-seeming childhood and adolescence, including making lifelong friends, waiting tables, and living and working in the rough, pre-gentrified Greenwich Village. Poehler is especially grateful to her proud, comical parents and shares their wisdom with readers: "Make sure he's grateful to be with you," "Ask for what you want" and "Always overtip." With benevolent humor, she shares "Obligatory Drug Stories, or Lessons I Learned on Mushrooms" ("I've tried most drugs but avoided the BIG BAD ONES") and explores why ambivalence is an important component of success in a chapter titled "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend." Along with Meredith Walker and Amy Miles, Poehler has created a Web series, "Smart Girls at the Party," to empower and celebrate women and girls who "chang[e] the world by being themselves." The author conveys the ethos of this project in pithy statements and reassurances sprinkled throughout the book in large type—e.g., "If It's Not Funny, You Don't Have To Laugh" and "Everybody Is Scared Most Of The Time." This is not a treacly self-help book or spiritual guide but rather motivation from a hilarious and kindhearted champion. A wise and winning—and polite—memoir and manifesto.

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Meet the Author

Amy Poehler is a writer, actress, producer, and director who is known for her years on Saturday Night Live, her starring role as Leslie Knope on the beloved series Parks and Recreation, as the voice of Joy in Pixar's Inside Out, and for being third runner-up for Most Casual in her high-school yearbook. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her two boys. She hopes this book will get her invited for lunch on a fancy yacht with her hero Judge Judy. She is dressed and ready.

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Yes Please 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really funny book throughout, and very interesting too. Amy Poehler gives a comedic narrative on her fantastic life so far which had me cracking up the whole time!! Any fan should read this book!! 5 stars *****
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Amy’s book when I first found out she was going to write it. I loved her on SNL; she always brought a smile on my face no matter what she was doing. There’s plenty to read inside this book and this book is heavy! I mean in weight, I was surprised how heavy it was but after looking inside with the nice glossy thick pages, no wonder it weighs what it does. It wasn’t all laughs and giggles inside but I did learn more about Amy than I ever thought I would. She talks about her beginning years as a stand-up comic, how she was trying to find her niche and how she made all the friends and connections over the years. She was one determined person as she knew that her dreams would most likely become her reality, I found that remarkable about her. Her ability to add fun and humor to life shows in her book as she writes about her life and the things that made her who she is today. I think I found the most enjoyment, had the most laughs with and found the most entertaining in the book the following: 1. Her Christmas story with her brother Greg when they were younger- why did I never think of this? 2. Her list of divorce books. Being divorced I could totally relate to #5 God is the Details! 3. Her exposure to drugs and alcohol. We all have some stories in the closet to tell but she adds some personal and serious notes too. 4. Her many topics on her children - (we all love our own and we all could write a book but we don’t so we’ll let Amy expose all her funny and juicy stories) 5. Sex advice – I had to read them out loud and I read the Gentlemen Rules to husband (he needed to know) 6. Travel Section – I’ve thought about this but not to this extent. Amy says we time travel with people, things and places. How something now will connect to the future or connected to the past via people, things or places but you have to be present (aware) to witness it or you won’t see it. Amy believes the more she time travels, the more she realizes she’s right where she needs to be.
DebSimon More than 1 year ago
 I'm going against the tide. The Prelude was one of the funnies things I've ever read, then the book took a crash and burn. Amy had other people write chapters, the rest just dragged on about mistakes she's made & lessons learned. Although currently ranked #1 as a Humorous Autobiography this book is NOT funny and written specifically for Amy Poehler groupies. I read the first 100 pages and scanned the next 50 before slamming it shut. Conclusion: Unless you are a diehard Amy Poehler trivia junkie skip this one. The only thing I found moderately interesting was some of the behind the scenes SNL stuff.
M0KES More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Amy Poehler, SNL, and Parks and Rec. I was excited to read this book. I expected it to be like Sophia Amoruso’s Girl Boss book and full of advice, since it says in the book jacket, “Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.” but that simply wasn’t the case. The book is full of random, seemingly irrelevant stories of her very normal childhood along with her praising hundreds of people in the business whom you’ve probably never heard of. Unless you’re a diehard fan, you’ll probably be disinterested the majority of the way through and are better off reading something else. Sure, there’s a handful of funny stories and lines, but the majority is her giving friend shout-outs and talking about her childhood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Amy Poehler. I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec and loved her on SNL. I hold her in high regard. This book changed a lot of that. When I think of her I think she's goofy, hilarious, self deprecating. Not a narcissist, which is what I got from this book. There were a few times I laughed, but the majority of the time I was rolling my eyes. I know it's good for young women to have dreams and great career ambitions, but when she says that she toured the SNL studio with classmates and KNEW she was going to work there seemed a little forced. There is no doubt in my mind that she is a hard worker, a loving parent, and a great friend to her friends. But there was something off about this book that turned me off. I will still be a fan, but I was still disappointed. The book came off as unfunny and like she was trying to hard to make points. If she had just let it come out easily instead of over-thinking and overwriting I think the book would have been a lot better off. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amy does a great job of being real and open, and, as always, makes you want to have her as a funny best friend. Rarely do books make me laugh out loud, but Amy did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious and insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I absolutely love Amy Poehler and I thought this book would just be funny. I was wrong. There are a few complaints om here claiming it's not a 'good book' because if it is humor it is only supposed to be funny all the time and they could not handle the certaim dark times in it. What these people don't seem to realize is that Poehler is a human being and human beings experience dark and light-hearted thoughts. If you want to read a book about a real person who struggles with life just like the rest of us, read this book. If you want to see what it's like to be in the mind of the author, read this book. I think that a good book is one in which the writer had no filter between mind and paper. Yeah it is funny but not all the time. I think it has the right amount of funny for an autobiography. This book is great especially for women everywhere. It is real, therefore it is good.
SophiaPeabody More than 1 year ago
I own seasons one to five of Parks and Recreation, have watched them over and over, and was became fond of Welcome to Sweden; however, Poehler really wrote a lackluster memoir. Sure, there are warm and fuzzy stories about her mom and the disabled girl she sought to apologize to for an offending sketch, but this book is disjointed and she writes as though someone told her to, rather than she wants to. There's all this apologizing about having kids, getting divorced and writing odd bits in the airport. Just tell a good story! Dale Carnegie said not to apologize, because it only draws attention to your narrative's failings. It's like she is doing us a favor. She's not: I spent twenty dollars, on what seems just a cash grab. Mentioning Wordsworth does NOT lend literary credence. Furthermore, it's too heavy, literally, with glossy, photo-quality paper throughout. I have read Nick Offerman and Mindy Kaling's bios, which she references, and found both more cogent, heartfelt and laugh-out-loud funny. I know Poehler can write, as well as create warm, likable characters, but I do not see the evidence here. Minor note: a signed copy would have been cooler, with my name in her script. I just didn't feel a sincere story here. Disappointing.
SC2010 More than 1 year ago
Poehler begins and ends the book by describing how difficult it was for her to write a book; the guest authors that pop up throughout the book are rather clever devices for Poehler and for the reader. Unlike R. Kelly's memoir where he completely ignores his time with Aaliyah (let's be honest, we all want to know more about that, right?), Poehler devotes a chapter to her seminal performance on Saturday Night Live- her Sarah Palin rap while nine months pregnant. (If she had not discussed this, I would have given it a one-star review.) While it does not have as many real LOL moments as Tina Fey's Bossypants, I was still very much satisfied and laughed enough to know that this was a true reflection of the author's gift to the world. I loved it so much that I finished it in two evenings. This book is a great gift for any Amy Poehler fan and will leave you wanting more please. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horibile horibile this book was horible it didnt make any sense at all
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because Amy made me think , period. She is funny and hyper. But she's confident to let her demons show. I'm a career,confident person. But she made me stop and think....maybe not so confident. She made me stop and analyze. Loving deep people do that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great and extremely funny. Amy gives an inside look at her ups and downs as comedian/actor. She doesn't seem to be holding much back and even delves into the heartache of her divorce. One of my favorite parts of this book is that she talks about the inner demon in all of us women and how from time to time it pops up and we have to ignore it. I like how she lets family and friends write little snippets and we get to see Amy Poehler friends and family have the pleasure to have. I recommend this book to everyone.
MeganRath More than 1 year ago
Don't go into this book thinking it will be some life-changing experience, and you'll have a lot more fun with it. It was a "light read" and I loved all of Amy Poehler's anecdotes from life. Some were relatable, some were not, but in all it was a nice break from some of the heavier books I've been reading lately. I think it's more like a 3.5 star book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Yes Please, I realize just how much Amy Poehler is my spirit animal. She gives insight into her life, show business, and being a mom to two sweet boys all while being her funny self. I appreciate the advice in this book: "Nothing is anybody's business" especially and I hope to always take these words with me. 5 outta 5, would read again.
BecksterBL More than 1 year ago
Great read! Light and funny yet hits home on some real issues Poehler faces as a career woman/mother/all around human being. Lovely read, great gift. Totally worth buying in hardcover. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not "laugh out loud funny" funny, but very amusing. A fast, enjoyable read. I liked a lot of what Poehler had to say and could relate to it. It made me put my own life in perspective. I think I like her even more as a comedian, writer, actor, and person.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book!!!! She was real, honest and still yet her funny self!!!!! She was also very relatable. Great, fun read, laughed out loud multiple times while also finding myself nodding to myself about real life issues. Especially if you're a mother you'll enjoy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also expected more from Amy Poehler - more behind the scenes stories, more funny anecdotes, more wit.  This book was too much philosophizing  and not enough entertainment.  Her five-years late apology for something she was not even responsible for (Hurricane Mary) seemed to be a ploy so she could put it in her book.  I DID appreciate her dis of "The Human Centipede".  I still love Amy; i just think she can write a more entertaining book - maybe when she's not so busy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me sad, and it made me think. A must read
bonnieCA More than 1 year ago
I didn't know much about Amy Poehler until I read this book. I just knew she was really funny but this gives us a lot of background. If you like biographies, this is a good one to read. I found it very interesting and her writing flows smoothly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to the Audio version of this book and it was amazing! She reads it to you but it feels more like you are sitting down having a conversation.  She has special guest readers, like Patrick Steward, Kathleen Turner, and Seth Meyers.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love amy and this was a fun book. I liked the patti smith mentions. One of my favorite snl sketches is pregnant amy and josh brolin in the im no angel sketch. So funny. Im glad it made the book.