It is refreshing to see a woman who is happy to give up her vanity in order to make others laugh. It's probably what attracts me most to the women of Saturday Night Live. Poe goes to great pains to discuss her personal opinion of her looks. Not in order for reviewers and critics to say 'no, Amy you are pretty, you're fine, you're blond'. But to show that it is a struggle for many people. Although Amy states at one point that this book is mostly for mothers of young children I get the sense from her bon mots and feminist statements that it actually works well as a guide for young women.
But perhaps that is because I am one. Or I pass for one. I totally got ID'd yesterday buying whiskey. What I can tell you is that reading this book has somehow made me a lot less scared of life.
It is impossible not to compare this book with Amy's regular comedy partner Tina Fey's. It's a great example of how people can be quite different and yet work well together. Amy writes about spending "many nights in Tina's office, watching her write and pretending to help her." And I can kind of imagine that.
Amy's attitude is to simply say "Good for you, not for me". In other words 'up with your bullshit, I will not put'.
In both of their books they write about being working mothers. And not working mothers with a 9-5 but working mothers with no free time. Working mothers who possibly have the option financially to say no to a couple of projects (of course the title, Yes Please, explains why this is not going to happen any time soon) but they love their jobs. They have dream jobs. They also love their children and both write about criticism they receive for being working mothers. However where Tina justifies and makes sharp observations Amy's attitude is to simply say "Good for you, not for me". In other words 'up with your bullshit, I will not put'.
It's a good attitude that many people, male, female or other should adopt. This is a fun autobiography of someone who is not in the least bit shy, invested in other people's esteem and also willing to toot her own horn. No really, wait till you get to her sex advice.