UP Book Club: Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please”

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Amy Poehler is a hero to us all; whether she is killing it as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, making us laugh at award shows and on SNL, or teaching us valuable life lessons via Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party. It counts as a blessing then, that she has recently released a whole book full of her wisdom.

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Filled with various stories, mementos, poems, and jokes, Amy Poehler’s debut memoir, Yes Please, is everything we have come to expect from her. She offers insight into her broke years in New York, the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre, and her success. She also fiercely champions her support group, frequently including wisdom from her parents, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Spoke Jonze, Louis C.K., and others. Most importantly, however, Poehler is unapologetically honest. She calls herself on her screw-ups and her misdeeds, offering self-criticism that feels both genuine and healing. Poehler is one of those souls whose honesty benefits everyone who comes across it. While that frankness is often hilarious, it is just as often tender, poignant, and relevant – especially as a young woman. Here are some key quotes from Poehler’s book:

1. “It’s easier to be brave when you’re not alone.”

2. “Hopefully as you get older, you start to learn how to live with your demon. It’s hard at first. Some people give their demon so much room that there is no space in their head or bed for love. They feed their demon and it gets really strong and then it makes them stay in abusive relationships or starve their beautiful bodies. But sometimes, you get a little older and get a little bored of the demon. Through good therapy and friends and self-love you can practice treating the demon like a hacky, annoying cousin. Maybe a day even comes when you are getting dressed for a fancy event and it whispers, “You aren’t pretty,” and you go, “I know, I know, now let me find my earrings.” Sometimes you say, “Demon, I promise you I will let you remind me of my ugliness, but right now I am having hot sex so I will check in later.”

3. “Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do. Sometimes it works.”

4. “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.”

5.“Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please was released on October 28th is available and most bookstores and on Amazon: Yes Please on Amazon.

– Jenny Henderson