In her collection of short essays, Ellen Degeneres comically goes from mundane to valuable topics and lessons learned throughout her career. Degeneres includes learned wisdom and optimism from failures and struggles, and brings together the balance between such concepts. Touching on topics such as socializing and technology, happiness, careers, humanity, and much more, Degeneres points out the obvious flaws in today's society and the ways in which individuals life each day. If this weren't enough for an interested reader, she goes on to create a more interactive experience through coloring pages. With each chapter comes simple and pure enlightenment, offering hope and change for those needing a moment each day to pause and reevaluate.
Most famous for her participation in The Upright Citizens Brigade, Saturday Night Live, and Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler has become a leading force in the vanguard of funny, feminist-y, intelligent comediennes. In Yes Please (Day Street, $28.99) readers will recognize the humor and honesty for which her brand of comedy has become famous. What will surprise people new to her work is the heart-felt sincerity of her message. She describes her upbringing in lower-middle class Boston, speaking fondly of her parents and her brother. She relates instances of regret when a joke went too far. She talks about her friends with fierce devotion and unabashed adoration. Poehler’s wit and warmth are sure to delight.