Yes Please...A review.
I was #376 on the library list for this book. 376! That is a lot of people in one city waiting for a book. I squealed when my Kindle told me it was my turn (and I am just not the squealing type).
This is the kind of book where you get sad as you go through each page because you know it's going to end. It's a small glimpse at a celebrity life, one that feels so mysterious to us small people. But Amy (she just seems like a first-name author) is so accessible. She knows that we little people want to know juicy stuff and indulges but also gives practical, memoir-ish advice.
I love how she talks about how hard writing is (because it IS!). And I love how she shows that she is real person who had to work really hard to get where she is. I just ended two sentences with "is"—I'm sorry.
I put a lot of excerpts at the bottom and I could have easily had six more. I laughed out loud during the chapter that Seth Meyers wrote, cried a little bit when she talked about her kids, and felt genuinely happy as I read the last page.
Everyone will (and does) compare this book to Bossypants by Tina Fey, but with good reason ... there are plenty of similarities in their careers and humor. But it didn't feel like I was reading the same book at all. Their voices are distinctly different while some of the characters in the stories are the same.
It's truly a book that you shouldn't miss. It's fun, light and insightful. It won't take you long to read it. But go put your name on the library list now if you would like to read it in 2015.
Who is this book for?
SNL fans: Some really fun stories about her time on the show.
People who like to laugh: Absolutely.
People who don't like television: Probably not.
Every friend I have: Yes.
What does this book say?
Most of my thirties were spent married and without children, which is a state of affairs that I would highly recommend most people try for a while. Married and without children means you can go on vacations with other childless couples. You can eat in any restaurant at any time and have conversations about interesting things.
When I walk down the street and someone asks me, "Excuse me, can I ask you a question?" I immediately put my hand up and firmly say, "No!" No one needs to ask me a question. There is no reason to talk to strangers. I do not want you to hand me your homemade CD or talk to me on an airplane or try to upsell me on drink specials. As I get older I get a real pleasure from maintaining boundaries with strangers.
Too often we are told to visualize what we want and cut out pictures of it and repeat it like a mantra over and over again. Books and magazines tell us to create vision boards. Late-night commercials remind us that "anything is possible." Positive affirmations are written on our tea bags. I am introducing a new idea. Try to care less. Practice ambivalence. Learn to let go of wanting it. Treat your career like a bad boyfriend.
Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well-being. See what I just did there? I saved you thousands of dollars on self-help books.