I must admit that I’m a little bit embarrassed that I really didn’t know who Amy Poehler was before I read her book, “Yes Please.” I had heard about her and watched a few videos with her, but I really didn’t make the connection of who she is. 

My good friend Katie sent me her book to read, because she thought it was some inspiration I could use in my life at the time and she was SO right. 

"Yes Please" by Amy Poehler


In her book “Yes Please,” Amy Poehler does a great job letting her personality shine through while still talking about some tough topics, like her divorce and some things that didn’t work out in her career. Here is what the official synopsis says:

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.


I love how she brings such a light perspective to some serious topics and offers a different perspective than what you would read in some other books. 

And, I totally realize what I was missing out on by not knowing who Amy is! While I was reading this book, the movie “Sisters” came out and so — since I had a clue about Amy Poehler — I had to go see it and OMG it is hilarious. I feel like I had a much better appreciation of her as an actress after reading her book. 

And P.S., now I am TOTALLY hooked on Parks and Recreation! Such a funny show. Where was I the seven years this was airing?!


Are you an Amy Poehler fan? Parks and Recs fan? 

Spill it: what book are you reading right now? Do you recommend it? I just started reading a book called “How I Came to Sparkle Again” and so far [25 pages in] it’s really good!


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