Book Club: “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

Every month we will pick a new book for our book club. Our June book is “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler. Starting a book club is a great way to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. Book club is also a chance to have open conversations that you normally wouldn’t and to hear points of views that may help to open your mind and think differently. We plan to include a lot of information and ideas to help make your book club fun and successful. However, our hope this month is that you will be inspired to just meet up with your friends and talk!  Below is a book club discussion. We have also enclosed a print-able PDF file. Enjoy!

“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

Book Club Discussion

Here are a few discussion points and questions to help guide the conversation.
Amy has very strong friendships. She frequently talked about her girlfriends being like her sisters and her relationship with Seth Meyers is very brotherly like.
  • Do you have strong female and male friendships?
  • How have these friendships help to mold you into the person you are today?
  • If you do not have strong friendships, did reading this book urge you to work on strengthening your bonds?
Amy mentioned several periods in her life where she felt sad and alone.
  • Did these passages make her seem more relatable to you?
  • Have you felt sad and alone and your life? How did you cope with those feelings?
Amy explains how every woman needs a “wife” to help her raise her children.
  • Do you feel as though working moms desire a different type of relationship with their children then stay at home moms?
  • Would it be hard for you to allow other women to help care for your child?
  • If you have a “wife,” what role does she play in your child’s up bringing?
  • Do you accept help easily or do you try to do it all on your own?
During her show where her queue was missed, Amy told the manager that, “He owed her an apology”
  • Did you think Amy was right to speak to the owner the way she did?
  • Do you think you handle situations differently in your 20’s then you will/ do in your 40’s?
  • Have you ever demanded an apology?
  • How would you feel if you were the manager?
Amy talks vividly about an experience she had when she was 5 years old
  • If you have young children, do you take into account that you could be making life long memories now?
  • What is your earliest memory?
Amy talked about her remorse for how she handled a situation, where she did not apology, when she should have.
  • Could you relate to her experience?
  • Do you find yourself becoming angry and defensive when you are wrong?
  • Is apologizing easy or difficult for you?
  • Do you have an ‘apology I never gave’, story?
Amy’s career is the driving force behind the book
  • Could you relate to her experience of deciding on a career at a young age and working hard toward it?
  • Do you have any professional regrets?
  • Do you think you could have worked as hard as Amy did if you were unsure if you would be successful?
  • Are you working towards a future career goal now?
  • Would you have been scared to start a family when your career was about to take off?
  • What career would you have pursued if you knew you wouldn’t have failed?
Amy mentioned a time in her youth, when all of her friends decided they didn’t like her anymore
  • Have you ever been disliked by a group of friends?
  • Why do you think teenage girls behave this way?
  • What do you think can be done to prevent girls from continuing to do this to each other?
Although we weren’t given many details, Amy did talk a lot about her divorce
  • How would you react to a friend’s divorce if you are married?
  • Have you been divorced? If so, did your friends respond in a helpful way?
  • How do you think you would co-parent after a divorce?
  • The way she talks about her marriage gives the impression that there was still a lot of love left.
Do you think couples divorce too easily?
Create your own topics and questions by taking notes while reading the book.
Write down:
Chapters and moments that you liked
Chapters and moments that you disliked
Stories that resonated with you
Parts you found humorous
Lines that you found especially impactful


Printable PDF:

Book Club July 2016


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