Bookworms, My Darlings,
We need to talk about Amy Poehler. I know I talk about audio books all the time and I know that a lot of you are hesitant to give them a whirl. If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, I implore you to start with Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.
When it comes to memoirs, I often feel that I can “hear” the author’s voice in the printed page, and that goes double if I actually know the author’s voice from TV or whatever. ACTUALLY listening to the author read the book is a super fantastic bonus. (Honestly, I feel like I missed the boat by not listening to Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey’s books, but that’s a story for another day, and another couple of Audible credits.) But extra, extra fun? Guest voices. Listening to Amy’s parents read was the cutest friggin thing that has ever happened in the history of ever. Hearing her banter with Seth Meyers? A delicious SNL flashback. Kathleen Turner popping in to narrate salacious bits? Priceless.
This book reminded me of Tiny Beautiful Things (review) only HILARIOUS. Amy (yes, we’re on a first name basis. She’s my FRIEND, damnit!) serves up funny childhood stories, behind the scenes famous person stuff, and a heaping helping of heart. Her take on the Mommy Wars is basically perfect. “Good for you, not for me,” should be everyone’s mantra. Amy managed to discuss a wide range of topics (including her divorce!) without ever coming across as angry or bitter. She acknowledges mistakes she’s made and her less-than-proud moments. (Not her most embarrassing moments, though. She doesn’t have to tell you about those, and you don’t have to tell anyone about yours either! Amy said so!) I didn’t think it was possible for me to love Amy Poehler more than I already did, but she is made of magic and sunshine, so OF COURSE my admiration increased. Read this book, you guys. For reals.
Tell me Bookworms, do any of you have a celebrity you like to pretend is your friend in real life? I can’t be the only one, right?
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I get more excited to read (listen) to this every time you mention it! Great review, lovely!
I loved this book! Amy (first name basis) is my imaginary bff
I’ve decided that if audiobooks are ever going to work for me, post-baby is the time to try to make it happen. I’ll have lots of waking hours where I’m just sitting there, and listening will probably be easier than trying to hold a book and read words on a page. This one is definitely on my list.
At first this didn’t pique my interest at all. But I keep hearing rave reviews! I may need to get my hands on this one.
Amy is definitely my BFF. She IS.
Leah @ Books Speak Volumes
I looooved this book on audio! Amy is like the coolest person on the planet.
Katie @ Doing Dewey
Memoirs have definitely been some of my favorite audiobook experiences. It’s pretty cool to know you’re hearing the words exactly as the author intended them.
Amy @ Read a Latte
I wish I had listened to this on audio! I love authors narrating their own books – One More Thing by BJ Novak was THE BEST!
Sarah's Book Shelves
I’ve had trouble with audiobooks in the past, but lots of people have said this one is different and great on audio. I might give it a try this spring when I start training for races again (I listen to audiobooks or podcasts while running).
Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader
I loved this book so much. My only regret is that I didn’t listen to it! One day? She’s so hilarious and wonderful and I want to be her bff. 😀
I know I NEED this book in my life…but can’t we rename it to Yes, Please! ?
Jenny @ Reading the End
My lovely friend Laura got me this for Christmas! And I have been saving it for a rainy day.
Celebrity best friend — hmmm. I think I do this more with historical figures, because I get anxious that live celebrities will find out I was talking about them and be all, “Ew no.” But dead people can’t do that to me. No risk. :p