How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Amy's book is half-memoir, half-advice, all funny. The stories veer into drugs/sex/etc. on occasion, but overall the clear message is: work hard and be nice, with tons of Hollywood behind-the-scenes scoop and comedy references thrown in. It's a great read that gives the more serious topics it covers like body image, shame [the chapter "Sorry, Sorry, Sorry" would be amazing for a book club to discuss], and divorce the weight they deserve without feeling too heavy. [I have also been taking improv classes at UCB recently, which Amy founded, so that was a really fun tie-in for me as well]. How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code "smartprettyandawkward", SP&A readers can get 25% off any pairs in The League Of Ladies + Dear Kate Collection. These limited edition styles feature illustrations of four historical women reimagined as superheroes. I love Dear Kate - I first blogged about why I love them here - and think their undies would be a great holiday gift for the awesome woman in your life, including you! [Expires on 11/7/14].
How to be (less) Awkward: How to handle shattered glass at a party, whether you are the hostess or the one who broke the glass.