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Yes please
2014
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NonFiction
Arts
Humor
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Comedians
Actors
Sex
Love
Friendship
Parenthood
Celebrities
Setting
- United States
Time Period
-- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

There are no doubt people in the world who do not wish to hang out with Poehler, including the crabby businessman who complained about the author and her "comedy wife," Tina Fey, talking nonstop on a flight. For the rest of us, there's Yes Please on audio. Read by Poehler, the work is a grab bag of sex tips, funny tales of growing up in the 70s, insightful appreciations of coworkers, tidbits from the sets of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, and smart advice on how to survive awards season. The audio version includes some fun cameos, including "walk-ons" by Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and the author's parents, along with extra material. While some of Poehler's observations could be considered a bit obvious, delivered in her signature style and voice and embedded in her stories and the fact of her success, even truisms can be funny and powerful. Verdict It's clear that Poehler and her publisher gave a great deal of thought to how to use the medium to her advantage. She has a point of view and delivers it generously.-Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Comedian Poehler exudes her signature, lovably awkward charm in the audio edition of her collection of personal essays. Over the course of the book, she ruminates on a number of topics-from motherhood to her raise to fame on the Chicago and N.Y.C. comedy scenes, with plenty of tales from behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation to boot. Her narration is as spontaneous as the anecdotes she shares, with her voice ranging from goofy and spastic to subdued. The audio edition features a host of guest narrators, including Poehler's parents and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers, along with hysterical cameos from Patrick Stewart and Kathleen Turner (the latter is the voice of Poehler's dark side, in short interrupting clauses throughout). Poehler frequently mentions her unease at writing a memoir but when it comes to reading that memoir she is clearly in her element. A Morrow/Dey Street hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>In a perfect world . . .</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please , Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus 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 chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.</p>
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