Bossypants by Tina Fey

30 Dec
Before I get too far into my review, I want to just say one thing: READ THIS. Ok, to continue…Bossypants was one of the books I got for Christmas (courtesy of my pops) and, though I was knee deep in a fantastically complex fantasy, my understanding of which would definitely suffer from my lapsed attention, I just couldn’t help diving right into it. My mistake was reading the first few pages; after that, I had to continue. I find that funny people are usually universally funny if you have at least a moderately receptive sense of humor, but some funny people are your people. They speak straight to the heart of you and seem to share your worldview and embarrassing moments. Tina Fey is my people.

Each chapter delves into a different part of Fey’s life, whether it’s her remarkably awkward childhood (preach!), her time at Saturday Night Live, writing and creating 30 Rock, or motherhood. She has a fantastic chapter on writing comedy and the differences between men’s and women’s humor. Some chapters are dedicated to something as general as being a woman in the workplace or her issues with beauty. Let me just say that this is by no means an “advice” book, but you could definitely take it that way. In her unique, self-deprecating way, Fey manages to impart her carefully and sometimes painfully learned wisdom through hysterical anecdotes. You know who’s a badass? Alec Baldwin. Also, Amy Poehler. You probably knew that already, but the insider scoop is still fun to hear. The behind-the-scenes story of the evolution of her Sarah Palin skits is fascinating.

What really surprised me about this book was I was expecting it to be a standard biography, though perhaps funnier than most. I ended up feeling like I do when I’m out with my best friend – sharing all the horrible, mean thoughts that run through our heads and cackling about our mishaps. It helps that Fey and I share a lot of the same opinions: she also hates the Teat Nazis (mothers who love to make other mothers feel guilty for not being the super most fantastic awesome mother ever) and she is worried by good news but relatively unscathed by bad news (me too). Overall, this is a great book to keep on your bedside table so you can read a bit before bed and scare your husband/partner/children/pets with your loud guffaws.

[Final note: I just wrote that last sentence and realized that I was only thinking of women reading this. It does indeed cover many of the issues of being a woman, but I think men would enjoy it as well, especially the comedy and workplace talk.]

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One Response to “Bossypants by Tina Fey”

  1. Rebecca December 30, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I can’t wait to read it!

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