Amy Poehler, following in the footsteps of SNL castmate Tina Fey, has written a book about her reaction to life’s little idiosyncrasies. But unlike Fey’s well-received tome, her work has just been trashed by the influential New York Times.
Poehler is part of the smart, sophisticated set of actresses who are not only funny, but supposedly wizened about all things pertaining to life.
The list would also include Lena Dunham, the 28-year-old self-avowed feminist and creator of her own hit HBO show, “Girls.”
So why not a book?
After all, Fey’s 2011 book “Bossypants” sold more than one million copies in the United States and was a NYT bestseller.
Dunham’s new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” was also blessed by The Times, which still has the power to make or break authors.
In that light, Poehler just released her new book “Yes Please,” just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.
But success can be fleeting. Just as Dunham. The outspoken actress is now involved in a shouting match with conservative Web sites over a controversial passage.
In the book, which The Times calls the best written of the three, she tells of her fascination with her little sister’s vagina and how she poked and studied it as a child.
Although the passage was surely meant to be touching, a right-wing political Web site charges that Dunham actually confessed to child molestation. Dunham, in her overwrought response, has threatened to sue.
But it doesn’t look like Poehler will have that problem. The Times describes her book as “a slow drip of gripes.”
For her part, Poehler confesses in the preface that “I had no business agreeing to write this book.”
Between the kids, the career, a divorce and a new love interest, “It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver,” she explained.
“Her persecuted mood is airborne and contagious,” writes critic Dwight Garner, picking up on the theme.
“Reading ‘Yes Please” is not like hacking away at a freezer. It’s like having the frosty and jagged contents dumped in your lap,” he adds.
“Her heart isn’t in this book, which is O.K. — heart is overrated. But the jokes aren’t very good, either,” badda bing, he continues.
“‘Yes Please’ reminds you of that squeaky fact: Even smart, hilarious people, the ones you wish were your great friends, sometimes can’t write. The world isn’t fair that way.”
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