Yes Please! Thank You!

yes please


My 26th review puts me at a half-Cannonball AND means I’ve now doubled the amount of books that I read last year.  Go me!

I’ve been trying to branch out and read some biographies of smart, badass women. I read Tina Fey’s book Bossypants earlier this year and loved it in a way very similar to the way I love this one. The reason these two are close friends is obvious. They have similarities that run deep and are very supportive of each other. The main difference is that, while I admire Tina Fey, I’m also a little intimidated by her. Amy Poehler, possibly due to our similarly lower middle class backgrounds, seems like someone I could cut loose with.

Ms. Poehler’s book consists of essays of significant events in her life, from her childhood up until her show Parks and Rec as it draws to a close. As someone who has issues with anxiety, mostly of the social kind, I’m always in awe of women who are unafraid to be their complete and total selves in public or to put a their talents out there for the entire world to see. Yes Please is funny, engaging and difficult to put down. I managed to finish it in just four days while working two jobs and getting (almost) enough sleep at night. There was a bit more name-dropping in here than I thought there would be. However there’s a stunning lack of pretension in it. Amy Poehler is surprised and grateful everyday that she gets to live her life and meet all the people she’s met. I’m grateful she shared her experience and wisdom with me.

I want Tina Fey to be my boss



Reasons to read this book:

1. You’re a fan of Tina Fey
2. You’re a fan of smarty, funny women in general

Reasons not to read this book:

1. You want all sorts of dirt on celebrities she’s worked with
2. Smart, funny women make you uncomfortable.

I was certainly familiar with Tina Fey’s body of work and, like many other women, I related to Liz Lemon. I’ve also been adding many biographies of women I admire to my To Be Read Mountain lately and this one is the first one I’ve tackled. To say I enjoyed the ever loving hell out of it would be a gross understatement. Ms. Fey’s writing style made it a pleasure to blaze through this book over the course of a couple of weekends. She highlights some of the formative events in her life and the people who influenced her the most. Her humor is classic Tina Fey; simultaneously subtle and rapid fire.

Many people, when they admire someone, say they want to go for drinks with a particular person. I don’t want to have drinks with Tina Fey. I want to have a working lunch, where we eat cheeseburgers and she imparts her hilarious wisdom on me. As a firm believer in sharing good books, I immediately lent this book to a co-worker/friend for both her and her 16 year old daughter to read.