By Amy Poehler
(Harper Collins, $28.99)
Reviewed by Molly Ford
Whether you know Amy Poehler from “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live” or one of her movies, most of America has smiled at least once because of Poehler.
In her first book, Poehler weaves a story that is half-memoir, half-advice and all funny. Beginning with growing up in a small Massachusetts town, all the way through hosting awards shows, she builds on her own stories to tell how long, hard work lead to stardom. Poehler also gives the more serious topics covered in the book, like divorce, the weight they deserve without feeling too heavy, while managing to weave in advice on topics as varied as body image, the Mommy Wars and managing your career.
The best chapter of the book, one that will stay with you long after you’re done reading, is about a skit Poehler performed on “SNL” where she inadvertently made fun of a disabled woman. The repercussions of the incident are fascinating. Sharing with the reader email exchanges and private conversations, she lets us in on Hollywood gossip and fascinating behind-the-scenes scoops. This chapter, entitled “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry,” would be amazing for a book club to discuss.
The stories veer into drugs, sex and other adult content on occasion, but overall the clear takeaway of the book is: work hard and be nice.
If you want inspiration about how hard work can lead to success, with laughs and special celebrity and comedy references thrown in, this is your read.