Yes Please [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Whether she's playing Hillary Clinton to Tina Fey's Sarah Palin on SNL or climbing walls (real or metaphorical) on Parks & Recreation, Amy Poehler rides a wave of ironic, yet upbeat humor. In this much-awaited debut, the multi-talented celeb writes with winning candor about sundry topics under the sun including, but not limited to, her experiences as a child of two Massachusetts teacher parents, early career calamities, television fame, movie fortune, and family happiness. This aptly-titled affirmation qualifies as the perfect shelf companion to Fey's Bossypants.

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
2014-10-06
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062268372
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 213
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is an actress, comedian, and writer. She studied improv at The Second City in Chicago, and went on to become a founding member of the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. Poehler was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2009, where she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She currently stars as Leslie Knope on NBC's Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe. Poehler lives in Los Angeles, and this is her first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Really funny book throughout, and very interesting too. Amy Poeh

    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 *****

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Hilarious and insightful.

    Hilarious and insightful.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

     I'm going against the tide. The Prelude was one of the funnies

     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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Unfocused and not well rounded

    For someone who has accomplished so much, and lived such an interesting life Amy Poehler wrote a dreadfully dull book. I would have loved for her to give me a great anecdote about her parents over a bullet point list. Instead of a list of stupid titles for books on divorce tell the story that made you wish the book existed. Delve more deeply into what it meant going from a young improv comic living and breathing the life into a business woman and mother. Dig down and let us get to know you.

    Unfortunately, the stories that were told left a lot to be desired, and the narrative jumped around so I was left without much of an idea of who this woman is. Yes, she touched on a lot of interesting subjects, but shallowly. If you aren't willing to open up than writing a memoir probably isn't for you.

    PS: Enough with telling us how little you are! I get it, you're 5'2". That's hardly an accomplishment. Take a hint from Mindy Kahling, and learn to walk like you're tall. That mental attitude is more admirable than simpering that you're just so tiny. From someone who tries to be a role model for young girls I expect better.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I wanted to read Amy¿s book when I first found out she was going

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Amy does a great job of being real and open, and, as always, mak

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2014

    Sorry, I love Amy, but this book fell short. It was almost a cho

    Sorry, I love Amy, but this book fell short. It was almost a chore to pick it up and read it again. It's not fun, It's just not fun, and that, I believe is what people were expecting. It's almost dark at times.
    Sorry Amy, but stop taking yourself so seriously.
    Having said that, Tina Fey knows how to deliver a good book without making people want to feel depressed whilst reading!
    Thanks for that one! My review for Tina's is on here somewhere!
    Keep your depressing stuff for yourself Amy. I'm here to help!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2015

    As a fan of Amy Poehler, SNL, and Parks and Rec. I was excited t

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2015

    Not what I expected

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    I love Amy Poehler. I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec and loved h

    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. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2014

    I am an Amy Poehler fan, however...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Not recommended

    Not what I expected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    This goddess has graced my peasant ears with beautiful prose.

    This goddess has graced my peasant ears with beautiful prose.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Satisfying for Amy Poehler fans

    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. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    FLAWLESSLY PERFECT

    FLAWLESSLY PERFECT

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    awesome

    Awesome

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2015

    Ok read

    Git









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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2015

    Chat.

    Respond to Anna

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  • Posted February 20, 2015

    Fun and Entertaining

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    Loved this book

    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.

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