First of all, I know I said I don't do memoirs, but I'm filing this one under Comedy. So don't judge.
Amy Poehler's book Yes Please isn't just another self-indulgent Hollywood memoir about the life and struggles of a big star. It's more like a conversation about this, that, and everything.
I love that the book isn't linear. She doesn't start by telling us where she was born and how she grew up and blah blah blah until she's a beloved and wealthy movie star. She jumps around quite a bit, which was refreshing. It means the reader doesn't know what's coming next. We don't have to fight the urge to skip the awkward adolescence to get to the juicy stuff. She just throws the awkwardness at you at random.
I'm a huge fan of Saturday Night Live. I love it even when it's bombing.
Amy does a chapter that is a quick run-down of her time on the show.
It's actually the perfect amount of info to sum it up without making us
sit through the boring parts.
Amy Poehler is a smart woman. In this book she shares her wisdom with us. We all want to know the secrets of successful women, but most of those women seem out of reach and un-relateable. Amy presents herself here as one of us. She's an average woman who has been lucky in her career and loves her family. In one chapter she pleads with women everywhere to stop hating on each other and to start building each other up. That's very smart.
One of my favorite chapters involved a mock birthing plan to present to the hospital at the birth of her first son. I totally related, especially to the part about her husband accidentally peaking around the curtain and seeing her organs spread on the table. It was one of many parts that made me sit back and say to myself, "We could totally be best friends."
When she talks about her job on a TV show, I feel like she could be
talking about my job at an office. She discusses being a working mother and worrying that she isn't spending enough time with her boys but also feeling guilt over wanting to work. Her struggle to balance work and
family is just like mine, except that I make, like, two-percent of what
she does (give or take. i don't do math).
My absolute favorite quote from Yes Please is this: "Too often we
women try to tackle chaos that is not ours to fix." Who knew I would
find my new mantra in a book by a woman who played a recurring character
with one leg and chronic flatulence?
In conclusion, Yes Please is a great book for all women. Not just that, I think it's an important book for women. We should not be idolizing the plastic women who display their lives on TV. We should be paying attention to women we can relate to instead of trying emulate something out of our reach.
And that's my two cents.