Feminist Friday: Yes Please

Posted 27 March, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Feminist Friday: Yes PleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on October 1st 2014
Pages: 288

In a perfect world... We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy -- someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she's not available for movie night. Luckily, we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haiku from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in new York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is a chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

This was going to be one of three mini-reviews, until I wrote a whole lot on it.

I loved this book to pieces, guys. Everything from the writing itself, to the narration, to the message that the book was seeking to get out there appealed to me. Poehler’s narration is delightful and I love that she brings in guest stars to do bits and pieces for her.

The title itself is a call to positivity. “YES PLEASE!” more positivity in my life. “YES PLEASE!” more positivity in the book blogging community “YES PLEASE!” more positivity among and between women, lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. The part of the book that really impacted me the most was the discussion that Poehler had on child-rearing and really all decision making among womenfolk. The general sentiment is that we should strive towards the attitude “That’s great for her, but not for me.” Whether a woman chooses to breastfeed, bottle feed, stay at home, go back to work – whatever it is – if it’s not for you great! But recognize that it could be what’s best for other people. She really just verbalized the way we could make the mommy wars stop – if everyone would just read this book.

Other than that, Poehler is warm and funny, while still being vulgar and surprisingly revealing some of her bad girl history. It’s a great great listen. Even if celebrity memoirs aren’t your thing, I highly recommend the audio.

So Reader, what do you think? ARE celebrity memoirs your thing? Have you read this? Tell me your thoughts and dreams.


April @ The Steadfast Reader


  • Books on the Table

    I’ve read excerpts of this book and thought they were terrific — now I know I need to listen to the audio version. Perfect timing because I’m giving up on my current audio — Bill Bryson’s One Summer. Love the book but his narration is driving me crazy; he has a weird, prissy voice.

  • I’m not a celebrity memoir kind of person. I don’t have any particular interest in celebrities period. But I listened to this audiobook as part of my Read Harder challenge. Amy Poehler seems like a well-grounded person, and I thought her mantra “good for you, not for me” was spot-on. I wish everyone could adopt that attitude, so that ridiculous terms like “mommy wars” would go away.

    • I’m not much for celebrities either — but I agree she came across as so grounded, and obviously I love the “Good for you, not for me” 🙂

  • I’ve been back and forth about this one, but now that I read your review I really want to give the audiobook a try!

  • Savvy WorkingGal

    I have this one on hold at the library. I was going to pass on it, but you’ve made me want to read it. After I read I’ll try to remember to come back and let me know what I think.

  • I absolutely want to check this out on audio. When it first came out I had just listened to Lena Dunham’s and Mindy Kaling’s books back to back, and needed a bit of a break from the celebrity memoirs. But I think it’s been enough time to put my name on the holds list!

  • I really need to read this one. I’m not a fan of audiobooks though.

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