Funny Girl Series
I must say, this series includes some seriously funny and badass women. All of their work was entertaining; I kept some of the reviews short and vague, while others are all dolled up and detailed. Let me know what you think!
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Yes Please proves that Amy Poehler just might be the most relatable woman on the planet.
Amy makes it clear that she didn’t just waltz into where she is now; she has worked her ass off. The growth of her career can be attributed to successive opportunities strung together by tenacity and hard work, “We did the thing. Because remember, the talking about the thing isn’t the thing. The doing of the thing is the thing.”
One of my favourite segments in the book surrounds Amy’s interpretation of the Buddhist ideal of healthy detachment. She encourages readers to treat their careers like a bad boyfriend – making a clear distinction between career and creativity:
Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you. That joy that comes when you do something you love. That small voice that tells you, ‘I lke this. Do this again. You are good at it. Keep going.’ That is the juicy stuff that lubricates our lives and helps us feel less alone in the world. Your creativity is not a bad boyfriend. It is a really warm older Hispanic lady who has a beautiful laugh and loves to hug. If you are even a little bit nice to her she will make you feel great and maybe cook you delicious food.
Career is different. Career is the stringing together of opportunities and jobs. Mix in public opinion and past regrets. Add a dash of future panic and a whole lot of financial uncertainty. Career is something that fools you into thinking you are in control and then takes pleasure in reminding you that you aren’t. Career is the thing that will not fill you up and never make you truly whole. Depending on your career is like eating cake for breakfast and wondering why you start crying an hour later.
Poehler definitely sets herself apart from the crowd with her work. This read goes above and beyond the anticipated comedic basis; it showcases tons of candour and insight. Yes Please is a courageous, majestic, unruly, and beautiful creature – just like its writer.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
After reading Mindy Kaling’s first book, I developed a serious case of FOMO… fear of missing out on whatever Mindy is doing, that is. I swear Mindy and I were meant to be best friends; we were cut from the same cloth – part weirdo, part bookworm, part sex pot, part compassionate friend. Maybe I’m teetering over the creepy line here... or maybe I’m not. I’m not quite sure at this point. Anyways, I think Mindy’s book is the shit, and you should probably just read it yourself.
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Without a doubt, Tina Fey is a knock-your-socks-off breed of funny. With roots in SNL, she has become a master of many things, but the moment I began reading Bossypants, I could tell that writing was her forte.
My first laugh-out-loud moment occurred while reading page thirty-three as Tina was describing her eleventh-grade health teacher, Mr. Garth: “… [he] had a thick blond mustache – the universal sign of intelligence – and a rural Pennsylvania accent that made him say ‘dawn’ instead of ‘down’ and ‘yuman’ instead of ‘human.’”
Mr. Garth turned out to be a crappy human, but Tina’s description of him was super funny. This segment exemplified the hilarious details Miss Fey used to describe everyone throughout her book. With this approach, she was able to bring warmth, bliss, and entertainment to nearly every page.
I can’t even guess how many times I laughed while reading Bossypants. This was a read that brought nothing but joy to my life, and I would definitely recommend you read this one. You’re likely not going to want to borrow my copy though; I was eating a lot of peanut butter while reading it.
Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty - Diane Keaton
There’s a good chance that Diane Keaton is cooler than you. She’s definitely got it going on, but it’s apparent she has never thought so herself. She possesses the style, swagger, humour, and down-to-earth quality we all strive for, but can never really attain.
Although Diane is awkward in the most pleasant way, her book is presented in the smoothest of manners. She does not shy away from exposing the grit that accompanies glamour. She gently explores the importance of being true to oneself in a world where exterior beauty tends to take precedence.
By the end of the read, I felt comforted, gloomy, and charmed all at once.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham