Author: Amy Poehler
Official Description: In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.
Why I recommend it: While this book may not seem like a typical book for your therapist to recommend you read, I can honestly say that I have recommended this book to my clients more than any other. Especially, my female or female identifying clients who are coming into their own identities. In this book, Amy Poehler addresses all of the pressures that society puts on women to look or act a certain way and how she learned how to be herself in a world that told her to be someone else. She encourages women to be courageous, vulnerable, flexible and open. She explains how she found her voice and how she encourages others to do the same.
My favorite quote from the book: “The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.”