Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey


Bossypants by Tina Fey

A comedy writer’s take on a regular life is worth a read, but this book by this comedy writer about her life is hilarious, empowering, and insightful.  Even readers who don’t usually read memoirs are sure to find Tina Fey’s Bossypants a riveting read.

Tina Fey’s an American actress, comedian, writer and producer who has worked on some of the most prestigious shows and won a litany of awards: 7 Emmy Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and  Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2008, the Associated Press singled her out as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment with their AP Entertainer of the Year award. Certainly, those who know her work - enjoyed her film Mean Girls, chortled at her Saturday Night Live “Weekend Updates”  and “Sarah Palin” impersonations, and applauded her success with 30 Rock - will enjoy reading her story in her own words.  

Bossypants gives us Tina Fey’s voice uncensored and unadulterated.  Irreverent and tongue-in-cheek, she goes through her life in chronological order, making ordinary situations funny and interesting.   She starts with her early childhood years as Mrs. Fey’s change-of-life baby, her awkward adolescence and college years.  She moves on to her experience doing improvisation at Second City, a sketch comedy theater in Chicago, and writing for and acting in Saturday Night Live. She’s candid about 30 Rock, their success, what it’s like to work with Alec Baldwin and Lorne Michaels, and how she balances the intense workload with motherhood and family life.  

Wives and mothers are sure to relate to Fey’s stories about juggling holidays with the in-laws, preparing for your kid’s much awaited birthday party, and the ups and downs of family life.  Single working women will find her story resonates.  To be a successful and tough woman often means someone’s calling you bossy.  Self-deprecating, frank, and funny, Tina Fey’s Bossypants is a book to share with friends.

ISBN-10: 9780316056861 - Hardcover $26.99
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011), 288 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like going the audio route with this one was definitely a wise choice, especially with Fey narrating. I may have to try the audio version myself.