David’s #19 – Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please, is an hilarious memoir written by Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler.  My sister loaned it to me on a recent visit and told me that I would be laughing out loud on my plane ride home.  She was not lying.

I’m a bit of a sucker for comedian’s autobiographies.  They’re often funny and entertaining while at the same time diving a bit deeper and revealing the not so humorous, dark side behind the people who make us laugh.  This one was no different.  Amy Poehler covers a spectrum of life topics, growing up in Massachusetts, her rise through the world of comedy, life as a wife, mother, her friends, and of course her affinity for dance parties.  She offers tidbits of truth and wisdom along the way but not in a preachy way, she simply seems to be offering her perspective in hopes that it might help the reader out somewhere down the road.

Like any autobiography it is not free of self-absorbed narcissism but Poehler seems to convey that quality in a sweeter way that most.  A fairly well written, easy read.  This book is not likely to change your life but it might make you pee your pants.

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