Monday, April 11, 2011

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Pages: 275
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (Little, Brown)
Pub. Date: April 5, 2011

Tina Fey is absolutely hilarious! She's also, in my opinion, one of the most authentic people out there, especially in celebrity-ville. Her memoir, Bossypants, touches on various moments of her life from her childhood, her time with the Second City Theater in Chicago, writing for Saturday Night Live, later acting on SNL (including those Sarah Palin sketches), creating and writing the show 30 Rock, (and the time she tried to and did get Oprah on the show), and being a mother.

If you already love Tina Fey and/or her show, 30 Rock, you'll for sure love her book. Her sarcastic and sometimes dry sense of humor permeates through Bossypants. And I loved it! I really wanted to post a picture on this post of me in my "I'm Lizzing" shirt (30 Rock reference) but I couldn't find it!! Blurgh!! (another reference). It's not uncommon in my household to hear the phrases, "I want to go to there" or "What the What?" So as you can tell, we're big fans.

The memoir doesn't really focus too much on any one topic. We get glimpses here and there into the different parts of her life and thoughts on those parts. I love that through her book I was able to get a look into her as the real person she is behind all the humor too -- someone any of us can relate to. Like the fact that she has cried in her office from being overwhelmed. Or reading the observations she's made about the treatment of women in her industry as opposed to men. Even her experiences and thoughts about playing Sarah Palin were interesting. Especially her reactions to the things that were said about that or the ways in which she wasn't quite accurately quoted in interviews. It was so funny to me to read about the family she came from, and the "strong father figure" and "fear thereof" that made her into the person she is today. And the thoughts of being a working mother. And on breastfeeding, even.

As I've probably established at this point, fans of Tina Fey will really appreciate this book. Those who aren't already fans might become fans. The only people I think might not appreciate this book are those who specifically don't like her sense of humor. Not that it overwhelms the book, but she did write it, after all. Otherwise, it's a quick and fun read that made me laugh and made me think.

And apparently Tina Fey will be on Oprah tomorrow (Tuesday) so set your DVR!


Audra said...

Dying to read this one!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I will! As I was leaving my bookstore job, i saw this on display and was going to check it out but I had too many checked out already! It is definitely on my list. i haven't watched too much 30 Rock yet BUT I love Tina Fey and really dig her sense of humor.

Great review!!

nomadreader said...

I'm impatiently waiting for my turn at the library for this one!

Sandy Nawrot said...

We don't watch a huge amount of TV but I do admire Fey for carving a huge niche for herself in a competitive men's world. And she's a mom. She really seems to have to shit together. I wonder if she narrates her own audio? Going to look into that.

Sandy Nawrot said...

YES! She narrates, and now the audio is coming to me from the library!

christina said...

I'm probably one of the few who doesn't watch 30 Rock! And this cover totally creeps me out, but in one of those, wiggy kinda ways.

Jenny said...

Audra: Go get it!! =)

Michelle: Read it soon, lol!

Carrie: Hope it comes up soon!

Sandy: Yay! I bet the audio would be really fun to listen to with her narrating it! I look forward to your thoughts!

Christina: LOL!! Me too!!!! I get the point but I do sort of wish the cover were different LOL

Zibilee said...

I really like Tina Fey and have been considering reading this one. It sounds like there is a lot of good stuff within these pages, and I am looking forward to reading it. Great and enthusiastic review, Jenny!

Meg said...

Oh, yay -- so glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I'm a huge Tina Fey fan, too, and almost bought this one at Target last night. (It was on an endcap... and so calling to me.) "30 Rock" is one of the few shows on TV that I watch religiously. You've piqued my interest -- can't wait to read it!

Kari said...

You're the second person I know who has already read this book...and I just keep thinking, "Didn't it JUST come out??" And that answer is yes.

I attempted to put it on hold at the library, but whoa. An obscene number of holds already.

Jennifer said...

I really do enjoy Tina Fey. I love that she is such a strong woman and she certainly knows how to make people laugh. I am really hoping I'll get a chance to read this book after your fabulous review.

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