Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Rating

* *

Did we like it?

Yes & No

For Feminist
Bookclub?

Maybe

Book Review

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please was a decision we made in response to our bookclub members that we had been reading some heavy feminist theory.

 

In short, women in our group wanted a comedic break and a lite read.  Poehler’s book definitely fit this bill with her witty humor and flippant attitude about writing the book.  The book begs the reader not to take it too seriously. In fact, most of the book is about her life working in improve in Chicago before getting hired on Saturday Night Live (SNL), and then working on the set of SNL with an amazing cast.  Every page felt like “Wow! She has an amazing life” and “Wow! She never sleeps.” She’s kind of like Leslie Knope in Parks and Rec, who never sleeps and never stops smiling while working more than humanly possible.

 

The book is not a feminist read in that Poehler never refers to herself as a feminist, but she does discuss feminist issues like working in a predominately male centered environment, speaking up for herself, believing in herself, and balancing work and family life unapologetically.  She is open, honest, and funny, and she has some great chapter titles like “say whatever you want,” “do whatever you like,” and my favorite, “every mother needs a wife.”

Why these ratings?

It offered relief to some of the women in the group that were fatigued by the heavy reading.  We may have read this book after Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics or Delta of Venus.   Some of the women enjoyed the raw honesty of Poehler’s prose and humor---what woman doesn’t love Amy Poehler?

However, despite loving Amy Poehler, for some, reading this book felt like a waste of time as some women wanted to keep focusing on deeper issues and women’s history.

This book is purely entertaining for someone interested in pop culture and Amy Poehler, and does not add much to understanding women’s history or feminist theory.  Poehler is sometimes very relatable, especially when she is being open and honest about being a mother. Other times, her book feels like an actor’s memoir full of life moments most of us ordinary folk will never experience.    

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