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  • Writer's pictureNora Walsh Kerr

Micro Memoir Review

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

Three Things I Learned from Amy Poehler's Yes Please

amy poehler book

HarperCollins, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-06-226834-1, 2014

1. Poehler's insider scoop on the making of Parks and Recreation were a joy to read. The main character of Leslie Knope went through many permutaions before landing on that perfect protagonist that everyone cheers for.

2. Her humbling chapter "Sorry sorry sorry" on mistakes she's made made me tear up and respect Amy Poehler even more. Ditto her chapter on Divorce.

3. Poehler's thoughts on writing and specifically on how hard and unromantic it can be have become my new favorite quotes.

"The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver."

Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts.


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