Monday, September 12, 2016

SNL Superfan

14. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
15. Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

I'm a lifelong fan of SNL, diehard even in lean years and if I really examine my language patterns, I quote the show unconsciously and regularly. These were my fun vacation books and they were everything I hoped.

Amy Poehler is disarmingly honest about the struggles of midlife as well as what a tough badass she is. She does not wallow but she gets into raw things like a really recent divorce. It's not as funnily written as Bossypants, it has more of a serious tone, but it's in the same category as that--biographic, honest and pretty darn funny.

The backstage gossip of Live is fantastic. What a bunch of dramatic weirdos! Such good stories about every chapter of SNL. The one caveat I will give the book is that the authors are clearly boomers who absolutely worshipped the original cast and think everyone else is a little bit less. So when they insert their personal opinions rather than just letting the cast speak for themselves, it's pretty obviously weakens the book. However, I would highly recommend the book if you like some showbiz inside stories. Great stuff.