by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s memoir covers the highlights of her career, personal anecdotes, and lessons she’s learned along the way.
I didn’t really know anything about Amy Poehler prior to reading this book. I’ve seen very little SNL and I’ve never seen Parks and Recreation, or basically anything else someone would normally know her from. So, as someone who probably had no business picking this book up, I enjoyed it. I listened to the audiobook, which was wonderful, but I also have a physical copy, which has a number of photos and handwritten pages added throughout like a scrapbook.
Amy tells how she first got into improv, how she made a career out of it, and how that career developed through opportunities and mistakes. She shares stories from her personal life and her tremendous admiration for her friends and parents. It’s reflective without trying to get too deep, and it’s humorous without making a joke out of itself. It was a good balance of serious and lighthearted.
I don’t know how much you would get out of this book if you’ve followed her career for a while, other than a little extra Amy Poehler, like a collection of behind the scenes clips that play at the end of the movie. And it didn’t make me into a fan who suddenly wants to watch a bunch of stuff she’s in. But, I did like it, and I would recommend it.