Amy Poehler: comedienne, actor, dancer, ex-wife, mother, occasional pot-smoker, sister of Tiny Fey. She is many things, and now, a writer!
Poehler mentions many times in her book about how hard writing is, and she would be absolutely correct. It’s hard to write about other books, passions, music, ideas. But sometimes it can be hardest to write about yourself. In this book, Poehler writes about her early childhood, family, friends, how she got started in comedy, how she came to work for SNL, and her biggest accomplishment (in my opinion) Parks and Recreation.
Let me say first that I loved the medium of this book. The pages were thick and bright. There were family photos and memories throughout, and each section began with a neon colored page and big lettering. There were a lot of pages but it was a quick read.
I only really new Amy Poehler from Parks and Rec and I recently saw her in the movie Sisters with Tina Fey. I thought she was funny without trying to be. Amy and Tina act like best friends in all of their sketches and that’s because they are! I like learning about celebrities’ real lives and Amy did her best to stay true to herself and speak honestly and openly about her life while also maintaining her sense of humor.
A few of the things Amy writes about:
- First attempts at acting
- Improvisation in college
- Getting wasted
- Sex advice
- Having children and being a working mother
- The after-effects of divorce
- Working with her best friends at SNL
I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of Amy Poehler. If you’re not, just get Netflix and turn on Parks and Rec and you’ll see what I mean.