Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Very hard to characterize or sum up in any way. She’s stuffed it with essays, stories from her life growing up and working in comedy, commentary on social issues, real photos and fake letters.

It’s top to bottom fantastic, but let me try to pull out three of my favorite parts:

  • Her chapter on getting older and the superpowers you acquire made me look forward to turning 40.
  • Her detailing of the lifetime of work it took to get to where she is – that it takes for anyone to “make it” in show business – made me want to be even more supportive to the friends I have that are trying to build that body of work as sketch comedians or screenplay writers.
  • Her “heart” and “brain” apology letters made me hear exactly how insincere I sound when I try to apologize to, but still win an argument with, my wife. I need to give up thoughts of winning and be vulnerable enough to be truly sorry.