Window on the World

I am a wife and mom of two grown children (who can't seem to move out) and two furbabies. I write about my family life, as well as causes that are dear to my heart, with recipes every Wednesday and book reviews every Friday. My favorite genre is historical fiction.

Yes Please - Amy Poehler

When I first started reading Yes Please I wasn't sure if I would like it.  I didn't think Amy Poehler and I would have anything in common.  What if there was nothing in the book I could relate to?

I was pleasantly surprised to find that we have more in common than I thought.  We were born only 3 1/2 years apart, so we have many of the same childhood experiences.  We both read Judy Blume and obsessed about scoliosis.  We both wore silk blouses, jodhpurs and stirrup pants.  We both curled our hair and used lots of hairspray (although Amy preferred White Rain and I used Aqua Net). We both slow danced to Faithfully by Journey.

We have some of the same favorite authors (Anne Lamott, Stephen King, David Sedaris). We both fear large crowds because we are small people.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

Now that I am older, I am rounder and softer, which isn't a bad thing.


I find that, in general, the amount of sharing men do with each other in one year is about the same as what I share with my female friends while wait or our cars at the valet.


Telling me to relax or smile when I'm angry is like bringing a birthday cake into a ape sanctuary.  You're just asking to get your nose or genitals bitten off.

I really enjoyed this book.  Since it is a collection of essays, you don't have to read it all at once (in fact, I would recommend against it).  Poehler's sense of humor is both sweet and salty, so you won't be bored, no matter which humor style you prefer.