Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 12 Prompt

For your prompt this week, please complete the Readers' Advisory Matrix, found on the last page of the reading title RA Guide to Nonfiction in the Canvas files, about a non-fiction book you have read. If you have not read a non-fiction book recently, feel free to use some of the techniques on how to "read" a book in five minutes such as Mary Chelton's handouts or any others we have covered to get a feel for a non-fiction book.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Narrative Continuum - Highly narrative (reads like fiction)

Subject - Self-help

Type - Autobiography/Memoir

Appeal - Very appealing to young people, starting out their lives and trying to find their way

Pacing - Fast paced, influences by facts about Poehler's life and how she found her way to the stand-up stage and beyond, as well as her path into marriage and motherhood

Characterization - The main character is Amy Poehler (the author), and mostly her but she includes anecdotes about her ex-husband, her children, and other comedic influences in her life

Storyline - Each "part" of the story starts out with a different city, and then how she flourished in each, as well as had failures. She discusses her own birth (with help of her own mother), doing improv, sex advice, divorce, motherhood

Detail - There are three "parts" of the book, with its' own set of chapters.
Part 1: Say whatever you want. Part 2: Do whatever you like. Part 3: Be whoever you are

Learning/Experiencing - The entire book offers advice to the reader on different chapters of life

Language - Language matters very much here!

Setting - Each "part" takes place in different parts of the U.S.
Part 1: Boston, Part 2: Chicago, Part 3: New York, all great places to develop improvisation skills

Tone - Light

Why would a reader enjoy this book (rank appeal)?

1. Experience
2. Detail
3. Tone


  1. Hi Annette!

    Thanks for doing your Reader's Advisory Matrix on this book! It has been one that I have been meaning to check out for a long time, and I feel like after reading your detailed description, I need to run to the library right now and pic it up! Was there anything that surprised you by this book? I always find it interesting to see how well written a book by a celebrity is, or isn't.

    1. I was mostly surprised about how open Amy was while writing this book. I felt like I got to know her even more!

  2. Great prompt response! You do a great job writing informative and concise answers. Full points!

  3. I loved Amy in Parks and Recreation so I am expecting to love her book as well. The appeal could be for older people as well because advise and/or wisdom doesn't hurt at any age.