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Friday, April 26, 2013

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Genre: Humor
Pages: 277
How I Read It: Hard cover purchased by me.
My Rating: 3.5 Crowns

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 Breast-feeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

*Synopsis taken from the book jacket

My Review: I picked this book up for two reasons: Tina Fey is generally pretty hilarious; and Bossypants is just a great title.  I’m pretty sure my siblings have been calling me that behind my back for years.

Typically, I’m a little reluctant to read books by comedians because I don’t love a whole book full of jokes.  I’m happy to say that this book is funny, but it’s funny things about Tina Fey’s journey from growing up in Philly to being the creator/head writer of 30 Rock.  Maybe this is because her background is not in standup, so she doesn’t feel the need to go over her shows with us.  Regardless of the reason, I really enjoyed the format and the little journey I got to take through her life.

One of my favorite things was the approach Tina Fey took on things that really bug me, specifically people giving random unsolicited opinions like you asked for advice on the topic.  She is clearly not into it, but takes the time to mock it, and that makes me wish I had her kind of wit so that I could come up with a funny, yet poignant, retort to those kinds of comments.  Alas, I will have to just keep thinking and being polite in the meantime.

This book was exactly my humor style, which I figured it would be since I like Tina’s other work, so it makes sense that I’d like her book.  After reading it, I feel a bit like I know her – not because I think this book is overly personal on her part, more that she seems so relatable and easy to get along with, she just seems like my kind of person.

As is the case with a lot of these types of books, if you like the comedic style of the author, you’re probably more likely to enjoy the book.  So if you’re into Tina Fey, or think you might be, go pick the book up!

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1 comment:

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I love Tina Fey!! She is amazing and so talent!!! Love her in 30 Rock!!