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Amy Poehler on her new book, the end of 'Parks and Rec,' and her next move

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In her new book, Yes Please, Amy Poehler dishes about the improv biz, her years on Saturday Night Live (don’t miss the chapter called “Humping Justin Timberlake”), motherhood, hosting the Golden Globes, and, oh yeah, what she’s going to do when Parks and Recreation ends its run next year. But even after reading it, we hadn’t quite had our fill of Poehler—which is why EW called up the actress to ask her a few more questions.

What’s the thought behind the title of the book?
It’s something I say a lot, and it’s also kind of a motto or a theory I subscribe to. Saying “yes” has gotten me a lot of places in my life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve added the “please” because I realize when you say “yes” to something, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it alone. I liked it because it felt vulnerable and strong, a polite way of asking for what you want and responding to when people ask you what you need. The combination of agreeing and also realizing that you’re not entitled to anything is something I wanted to convey. And also, my kids can say it really easily. And it translates well into the hundreds of other languages it’ll come out in. READ FULL STORY

'Paddle Your Own Canoe': Nick Offerman talks manners, college life, and -- what else? -- manliness

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With his Pyramid of Greatness, woodworking prowess, and lust for bacon and eggs, Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation seems like the ultimate man: a carnivorous, all-American alpha male who can fashion rings in 20 minutes and escape all women named Tammy.

But Nick Offerman insists, despite his love of woodworking and iconic mustache, he’s nothing like his character — after all, he’s an artist who went to theater school and danced ballet, and even puts on makeup for work every day. In his new book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, he not only explores his Paul Bunyan-like image with tongue-in-cheek lessons on manliness, complete with illustrations and advice, but also offers poignant memories of his childhood growing up in Illinois and hilarious anecdotes from his career.

The actor spoke to EW about his writing process, his favorite memories, and what it truly means to be manly. Hint: No punching involved — unless it’s something to do with Jamm. READ FULL STORY

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