Two memoir catch ups! How did I get so behind?!
Yes Please! Finished 9-27-17, rating 4/5, memoir, pub. 2014
Unabridged audio read by Amy Poehler. 7 hours 30 minutes.
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. from Goodreads
Amy read it along with a few friends helping along the way: Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, her parents, and probably one or two more that I forgot about.
I liked it, but for me, I felt like she was trying too hard. Maybe that’s just part of her charm, because I know she’s funny. I laughed and learned that she’d been at this comedy thing longer than I thought. I was impressed to learn about the Upright Citizens’ Brigade that she helped form, less impressed with her sex tips. She is accomplished and successful and full of energy. I LOVE Parks and Recreation and might have loved a book written by the great Leslie Knope even better.
Something New. Finished 9-29-17, rating 3.5/5, graphic memoir, 292 pages, pub. 2016
A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion. from Goodreads
This is my third book by the talented graphic artist and author and this fell between the first two for me. I liked it and loved her drawings, but I was also bored. Wedding planning is a wonderful and tedious business and it is probably most interesting to the people who know you or are going through the same process. I do think this would be a perfect gift for the newly engaged.