In her acceptance speech for Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey announced that she was proud to make her home in "the 'not-real America'". It is perhaps that healthy sense of incongruity that makes the head writer, executive producer, and star of NBC's Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock such a cogent observer of the contemporary scene.
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What did I expect? Well, it's probably easier to explain what I didn't expect. I wasn't counting on a sour, muddled, defensive screed against anyone who pissed off the author in...more
So what's to love about "Bossypants," besides everything? For starters, how Tina just tells it (and by "it," I mean everything from working at SNL to impersonating Sarah Palin) like it is. She's got a fierce feminist...more
I ended up picking this up because when I sent up a signal flare on Twitter, it was the most recommended book by far.
Now I see why.
1. The narration was exceptionally good. (I like autobiography being read by the author, but not all authors are good narrators.)
2. It's legitimately funny.
3. It's legitimately thoughtful and insightful.
I'll also say that I read this book cold. I didn't really know who Tina Fe...more
I wasn't expecting much, obviously, but this "book" fails to live up to even the exceeding low standards of airport bookstores. I liked Tina Fey before I read this book....more
Unless one of these men is my boss, which none of them is, it's irrel...more
If you're a fan of her humor, as seen on 30 Rock and SNL, you'll be a fan of Bossypants. It's not an in depth, gut-wrenching tell-all memoir. For instance, she only glosses over the incident when she got the facial scar. But if you're familiar with Fey's brand of humor then the lightheartedness of it shouldn't surprise you. She's the sort of average, nice person that has her own strong opinions, but doesn't thi...more
No, I don't really live under a rock. I just tune out nonessential information.
Anyway, I like Tina because she's funny in the way I would be funny if I were actually capable of being funny on a regular basis.
I listened to the audio book, which is really the only way to go with this...more
That said, there were portions of this book that killed me. Her "Origin Story" was hilarious, especially the talk about her scar and people’s reactions to it. Also, she is a genius when it comes to discussing everyday gender fuckery. I loved her whole take on menstruation and how she thought period blood would be blue because of...more
Let's start with the good stuff:
- It's extremely funny. And not just "laugh out loud" funny, but "laugh *so* out loud your spouse asks you to go read in another room because you're keeping him awake." If you enjoy Tina Fey's humor, you'll really appreciate this book. It's damn funny.
- It's (unexpectedly) full of really good advice about how to be a good boss. I mean, maybe I should have gleaned that from the title but I expected it to...more
It was hilarious! Some mornings I was laughing so hard while driving to work that other drivers would stare at me. Tina Fey performs different voices and really sells the stories. One of my favorite chapters was about her father, Don Fey: "He's just a badass....more
To paraphrase Tracy Jordan - I love this book so much I want to take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant.
I want to have a civil union with this book and move to Santa Fe and buy an adobe house with it and talk about adopting a kid from abroad and then decide to just do the $0.70 a...more
This book is a very nice mix of serious and humorous: Ti...more
It was all right. Heck, it was better than all right. It was adequately satisfactory.
I prefer to watch and listen to Tina Fey, so perhaps I would have enjoyed an audiobook more, if read by the author. Nothing in this book was as funny as her angrily shouting "Ah, Nerds!", or imitating Eleanor Roosevelt before being abruptly cut-off, and subsequently awkwardly recoiling. I am a fairly recent 30 Rock fan (credit to Netflix), and I hate to say it, but watching television in this case may be time b...more
While I appreciated the memior I was surprised when I didn't feel it was candid enough. Maybe that was a conscious effort. There was a trauma as a child that she explains but doesn't elaborate one. Fine! I don't think she needs to give us the details, they are hers but I felt that she was approached to write a book and agreed but didn't really want to. There is humor, joke...more
What did I just read?
An autobiography? A collection of short stories? The random musings of a comedian?
It's a bit of all that. Mostly random though. What it's not is funny.
I expected small chuckle-worthy vignettes ala David Sedaris. Or laugh out loud hilarious scenes like Janet Evanovich's Plum series. I got neither.
WTH? Wasn't this written by Tina Fey? My comedic idol? It's like she sat down in one weekend and wrote whatever popped onto her head about her life. Kind of like Alanis M...more
Bossypants is a memoir of sorts, discussing a few choice bits from her childhood,...more
"My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne."
I also find this to be true! We have the same self-success loathing anxieties! (Is that not a thing? I think I just made that a thing.)
Anyhow, even if we can't all be best friends w...more
God. Fucking Tina Fey. The last thing I laughed at, after the ending chapter where she talks about whether or not she wants to have a second baby... I flipped to the back jacket flap where I found her author blurb. "Tina Fey lives in Denver with her ferret, Jacoby." and then I almost swallowed my tongue laughing.
I've been on a run of female-funny-people-do-books, meaning I read this one and Jenny McCarthy's book on pregnancy. This one was funny in all the ways Jenny's book was un-funny. Tina is smart, for one...more
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