The Pocket Book has said No Thank You to Amy Poehler’s memoir Yes Please.
Marianne chose this book which her daughter loves. Sue’s daughter loves it too. Clearly there is a lot of love for Amy but when we had to chose a food to compare her book to (had to because why not?) – Sue very quickly came up with Boston Beans – bland and from Boston. I am sorry if you like Boston Beans and I have offended you.
I suspect Amy’s agent told her to write a book because it would make money. Amy spends the prologue and first chapters of her book writing about how hard it is to write a book. This is how the book goes:
Prologue – writing a book is hard
Chapter 1 – writing a book is hard
I had a happy childhood and this one time my friend and I handcuffed ourselves together and lost the key.
My obstetrician died the day before my baby was born.
I got divorced but I don’t want to talk about it.
I went to Chicago and learned how to do improv. Improv is really cool (at this point I am thinking I might learn something about the nature of improv). Then (I kid you not) she says if you want to know more about improv you should read this text book.
I got my big break on Saturday Night Live. I met lots of famous people.
I have been nominated for awards. We did pranks on award nights. One time I won an award.
Clearly some people find her book hilarious. It is possible I have no sense of humour. There is some joy in her conversational style of writing but I think unless you are a fan you will wonder why she bothered to write a book when clearly it was so hard. Oh that’s right, money.
What we ate: Lovely generous cheese and etc platter
Next up for the Pocket Book Club – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Here is a recipe for Boston Beans by Maggie Beer Let me know if they are actually bland or are we wrong.