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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The holidays are my favorite time of year, but – like most – I tend to come off of them feeling boozy, squishy, and spaghetti brained. I therefore started the new year ambitiously, heading to the gym everyday and setting my to-read book count higher than ever. Yes Please by Amy Poehler wasn’t the first book I started in 2017, but it was the first one I finished. With its lightness, humor, and motivational tone, it was a perfect read to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new.

Just as Poehler needs no introduction, her book doesn’t need much of a summary. It is exactly what you would expect from a comedian’s memoir, and I don’t say that as an insult. It’s hilarious, and charming, and full of rambling anecdotes of a trained sketch writer. What I will say is that if you decide to read Yes Please, please oh please, listen to the audiobook. It is narrated by Poehler herself with cameos from Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, her mom and dad, and more. Sometimes, during her narration, Poehler laughs at herself and it’s impossible not to giggle along. Reading her words rather than listening to them would be a crime.

Poehler is not only funny in her book, but honest and vulnerable as well. I took long treadmill walks with Yes Please playing in my ear buds, surreptitiously wiping away unexpected tears. But like the compulsive comedian she is, Poehler doesn’t leave you down for long and just as I was moved by a story, she’d end it with a punch line. With all my sudden outbursts of laughter and tears, my fellow gym patrons probably thought I was unstable, but I had a blast nonetheless.



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