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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yes Please By Amy Poehler

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I loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, so obviously the next step to complete the funny lady trilogy on my bookshelf was Amy’s new book. I didn’t buy it immediately because I wasn’t convinced I needed the hardback copy, but I found a Barnes and Noble gift card and you can guess what happened next.  

So the first thing I noticed when I scooped it off of the front display was how heavy it is for its size and I was quick to find out why. The print quality! Holy beautiful paper! It was fun to read just because the book was so pretty. It’s like reading one of those $20/issue luxury magazines. So GLOSSY! And the covers and dust jacket are really clever and worth the read. You haven’t finished the book until you’ve read the back!

Amy talks a lot about how hard it is to write a book, I get it. She can write movies and TV shows, but books are different and she had a publishing house waving a check under her nose – that’s a lot of pressure. Regardless, there seems to be a lot of self-loathing and moaning about having to write the book. And while Amy is really funny, I didn’t find myself laughing out loud like I did with Mindy or Tina’s book. I think I related more with Mindy’s first book because we are closer in age and lifestyle, and Tina’s book just flowed so well. Amy’s book talks a lot about kids, marriage and divorce – three things I have not experienced. (Thank God)

I did have a special bonding moment during the chapter that talks about sleep. No spoiler alerts, but Amy Poehler and I both suck at sleeping. She found out in a sleep clinic, while my FitBit shamed me so badly that I stopped wearing it to bed. Regardless, we are kindred spirits when it comes to (not) sleeping.

I recommend this book, and I also recommend you read it instead of listening to it. I tried to listen to the audiobook after I read it, but the inflections in her voices and the timing of her jokes were different from where I had placed them. It was weird and uncomfortable, like that time they cast a redhead for the part of your favorite character who you always imagined looking like Emma Watson, not Emma Stone. (Don't get me wrong, I love them both.)

Read it, laugh, take her advice (it seems to be pretty sound) and then go watch BabyMama

Overall, three out of five owls: 

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