Amy Poehler? Yes, Please!
Amy Poehler is well-known for more than her TV personalities. She originally released her book, “Yes Please” in Oct. 2014. The book takes the reader through a journey of Poehler’s life, beginning with how she started acting in her childhood, all the way through her start in the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation.”
Reading an autobiography is always an adventure, sometimes boring, sometimes exciting. Poehler has managed to include a wide range of emotion in her story, making the reader laugh on one page and cry by the next. She shares funny stories of sleepovers she had in middle school, but also tells the reader about the first time she went to Haiti.
In her trademark charm, Poehler starts the book off telling the reader how much she doesn’t like to write. She says writing is hard and this book is hard to write. Poehler states she had “no business agreeing to write this book,” claiming she was too busy to be doing such a thing, but then she explains she wasn’t going to quit writing just because it was outside of her comfort zone. She was too strong for this.
Poehler doesn’t take anybody’s crap. She’s fierce, and she’s going to tell you no, and she isn’t going to laugh if something isn’t funny. She explains how hard it is for a woman to get into comedy and the numerous occasions where she was the only girl in the group, but she had to get used to the scenario. This seemed to make her stronger, and her advice to everyone was to not put up with anybody’s bull. Nobody should have to deal with this.
Nothing comes easy in life, and acting is no exception. Wanting to be a female comedian is not easy. Poehler walks the reader through her struggles of being poor, working as a waitress most of her life and how she never officially finished college. She doesn’t seem to regret any of it, looking back at her memories fondly.
Poehler writes the story in a series of flash backs, ranging from her first ever play (“The Wizard of Oz”) to when she started the Upright Citizens Brigade to having her first child. All of these stories share life lessons, each having varying degrees of importance in her life, but all shaping her to be the woman she is today.
The book was not written alone. Poehler shares her struggles with writing an entire book by herself. She talks about how she asked for help from her friends, and how nothing was helpful. She even talks about other friends’ books (such as Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and Nick Offerman), and how it came so easy to them. Because she’s Amy Poehler, she got away with having her friends write chapters for her (Seth Myers) and help annotating chapters and providing their feedback in the actual chapter (Michael Schur, creator of “Parks and Recreation”).
By showing the reader this side of herself, Poehler has shown the world she can be weak. She gives off the impression she’s confident and funny, but while reading her story, one finds she has her own set of problems too. You learn about how she snores at night and her divorce. “Yes Please” is a collection of memories Poehler has decided to share, and everyone should keep letting her share.