Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Goodreads Synopsis:  Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

My Review:  Bossypants was the selection for my bookclub last month.  It was a fun and fast read.  Most of us in book club read it in a single sitting.  Bossypants is smart and snarky and an overall good time.  Before reading Bossypants I knew who Tina Fey was, but I didn't know much about her, other than the news skit and the Sarah Palin skit that she did on SNL.  Tina is an amazing, funny, confident, feminist who serves up slices of humor chapter by chapter.

One of my favorite chapters is about her father Don Fey.  He sounds like the original badass.  In other chapters Fey waxes poetic on being fat, being skinny, being female, and being a mother.  She talks about her first jobs, gay friends, racism, improv comedy, SNL, and Alec Baldwin.  She discusses the male world of comedy through a feminist lens.  I especially liked reading about all the weird random things men do in the SNL offices.  For example, more than one man was too lazy to go in the bathroom, so their were pee jars in their office.  Yech!

No matter what the topic, Tina addresses it with self -awareness, intelligence and humor.  Bossypants is a must read!

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