A memoir: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Truth: I read this and pictured Leslie Knope’s voice in my head the entire time (if you haven’t watched the television show Parks & Recreation, stop now and binge watch all of the episodes. Then come back and maybe we can be friends). I loved how the entire reading experience felt like you were just hanging out with Amy having a casual conversation about life. I have read some reviews that this was a little like “improv” in written format and hard to follow. To that I say, you must not have read Faulkner and experienced stream of consciousness (noob). (Ok yes, that sounds snooty, but books are literally the ONLY thing I know more about than 99% of the world so let me have this one!) This memoir felt totally organic to me and while Amy “time travels” a bit everything circles back nicely and you get the full story by the time you finish the book.
Interestingly, I could not help comparing Tina Fey’s Bossypants to Amy’s book as I read. In terms of watching them perform, I think Amy is the better performer. Don’t get me wrong–I love Tina Fey and would totally spazz if I ever got to meet her. I think she is a genius. But I think Amy is funnier to watch. However, I think Tina was funnier to read. I read Bossypants on a plane and I laughed out loud so often that the stranger next to me thought I was a total weirdo. As soon as the plane landed, I called my dad and told him I was giving him my copy literally the second I landed and he had to read it. She is that funny. Amy’s book is also very funny, and it made me tear up at certain moments, and at other moments I was watching Youtube clips from the various scenes she mentions.
Overall, it was a lovely experience to climb inside Amy’s head and be friends for a little while. I am even more enamored of her now that I’ve read her memoirs. She is such a humble and endearing person and yet so talented and funny. I loved learning more about her. I also loved how she leaves off encouraging all of us to say “yes please” (in the true spirit of improv) a little more often in our lives because we never know where it will lead us.