This is probably a list you can find anywhere, but I don’t care, these are my favorites.
1. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
Yes Please is one of my favorite books I’ve read. Amy Poehler is an incredible writer, and her stories are as witty and funny as you would expect them to be. She talks so candidly about her time in high school and college, her time touring with a comedy group when she was just out of college, and of course, her SNL and “Parks and Rec” years.
I can not recommend this book enough. She is such a strong and incredible woman and to get even the smallest peek into her mind and the experiences that turned her into who she is is amazing.
2. “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is such a character. She’s quirky, really freakin’ smart, and honest. Blunt, and honest. Her book covers what it’s like to have awkward years when you’re young, her time at “The Office”, dating, body image, and being a “young professional” in New York. I loved reading this because there were so many stories that I could relate to, and it made this celebrity who I looked up to and thought was so cool seems a little more human.
(I also recommend her second book, “Why Not Me?” but this one is just my favorite of the two.)
3. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
Tina Fey. I feel like I could just say that and you would all go buy the book, but I’ll continue anyway. This woman is so wise and so intelligent. Like Poehler, she’s also an amazing writer. Maybe more so, because that was her first job when she worked in comedy. Reading her book was different than some of the others on this list because it was coming from a mom’s perspective. She talked a lot about growing up/college/her early career, but my favorite chapters were ones that you could just tell were going to make great lesson-stories when her daughters are older and need a mom-talk.
Not to mention, the book is (obviously) filled with one liners and hilarious stories I read this on an airplane and ugly laughed more than once.
4. “Scrappy Little Nobody” by Anna Kendrick
This book is for somebody who is struggling with sorta still being in their awkward years. I’m using the word “honest” to describe a lot of these books, and that’s probably because there is a level of openness that is required to write an autobiography, but this one’s especially so. She really busts open this glamorous picture that a lot of people (myself included) have of Hollywood. Like, did you know that unless you make the arrangements yourself, you have to get ready on your own for award shows?! Typing it out now it makes sense that a hair stylist doesn’t just show up at your door, but I just always thought there was more going on there. Like she did her own makeup and hair for one of them.
Anyway, she also talks a lot about having to learn how to assert yourself as a young woman, both professionally and in relationships. Her life growing up is fascinating, too, because she was on Broadway as a kid! This is a great book if you want to read about somebody who’s going through it, basically right now. I mean she’s 32, when she was writing this she was in her late-20’s. Anna Kendrick is awesome, this book is awesome.