I’m a huge fan of the memoir genre, particularly when it’s done by smart, funny women that I admire. Amy Poehler fulfills those requirements and then some. I read Yes Please shortly after it came out in 2014. Given my age and the amount of useful information swirling around my head, I thought a re-read was in order to give it justice in this week’s reading challenge. I can honestly say that it was as much of a pleasure the second time around as the first.
I laughed out loud so many times that it made it really hard to sell to my family that I was in fact “working” and not just avoiding them. Totally worth it. One of my favorite parts is when she talks about body image in the chapter Plain Girl vs. the Demon. She begins the chapter with a quote that struck me as spot on:
“I hate how I look. That is the mantra we repeat over and over again. Sometimes we whisper it quietly and other times we shout it out loud in front of a mirror. I hate how I look. I hate how my face looks my body looks I am too fat or too skinny or too tall or too wide or my legs are too stupid and my face is too smiley or my teeth are dumb and my nose is serious and my stomach is being so lame. Then we think, “I am so ungrateful. I have arms and legs and I can walk and I have strong nail beds and I am alive and I am so selfish and I have to read Man’s Search for Meaning again and call my parents and volunteer more and reduce my carbon footprint and why am I such a self-obsessed ugly asshole no wonder I hate how I look! I hate how I am!”
Right? Relatable. Poehler goes on to win readers over with themes like, stop shaming other women for their choices, work really hard to achieve your dreams, aspire to work life balance and feel good about setting personal boundaries, all intermixed with hilarious tales about her family, friendships and career path. I found lots of laughs and lots of nuggets of truth in Yes Please. Have you read it? What did you think?