This is an enjoyable book, a quick read that supplies some wry laughs and a bit of history into Tina Fey's life before (and after) Sarah Palin. It's nThis is an enjoyable book, a quick read that supplies some wry laughs and a bit of history into Tina Fey's life before (and after) Sarah Palin. It's not difficult or particularly deep (but not necessarily shallow either). I enjoyed gaining some insight into the life of a comedic writer and actor: heady, tumultuous, rough at times, exhilarating at others; and I liked learning more about Tina Fey, who seems very likable and down-to-earth - as well as funny. She takes her story in several different directions, all interesting: her background and family; her stage life before and during Saturday Night Live; the unexpected success and longevity of 30 Rock; and her struggles attendant to being a career mom.
I would recommend this book as a quick picker upper for some light entertainment and a chance to learn more about this comic who has made real progress with her feminist stand in a field previously dominated by men. Liberal-minded folks are more likely to appreciate it (her) than conservatives, and language isn't sanitized....more
As the title implies, it's a silly little children's book, but wonderful illustrations showing "olden times" in the mountains, the rustic and simple tAs the title implies, it's a silly little children's book, but wonderful illustrations showing "olden times" in the mountains, the rustic and simple times of the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Tennessee where the author grew up and lived most of her over 90 years of life. I just recently read about May Justus and wanted to read something of her work, learn more about her since she was from our state of Tennessee plus my own region of the state, the mountains in the east. The humorous twist to the story compares to the Amelia Bedelia stories in that screw-ups take place that are derived from Billy's misunderstanding by taking directions from his parents completely literally - although the word play incidents are not repeated over and over in a story as in the Amelia Bedelia stories. I ordered this book partly to learn about May Justus, partly because of the proximity to my own raising, and partly because of the name Billy, my brother's. I plan to fix up the book a little and give it to him to share with his grandchildren. I realize such out-of-print books are available cheaply online due to being so dated and therefore discarded from school libraries, but I also worry about the "old ways" being lost completely to our younger generations; so my intention is to share a little history in a simple, silly way....more
I could almost give this one a two or 2.5. I liked it OK but not all THAT much. I probably wouldn't have gotten through the entire thing if it hadn'tI could almost give this one a two or 2.5. I liked it OK but not all THAT much. I probably wouldn't have gotten through the entire thing if it hadn't been a book club choice. Yes, it was cute/funny - which sort of equates with "cutesy" which means a little over the top cute, not really QUALITY cute. I guess it's quality cute up to a point but just goes on too long with very, very similar jokes and take-offs on "cutesy" sayings about dying, like "I coulda just died" or a number of others that keep popping up for repeated use throughout the book.
My book club ladies are especially excited that the book is filled with recipes the southern "nice ladies" use at the described "fancy" or fanciful or fancified funeral receptions in a little southern town in the tri-state area of the Delta (Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi)/ They're even planning a dinner for our August meeting where we'll each be assigned some recipe of the book to bring for a feast that (to borrow from a very tired joke of the authors) really is likely if not kill any of us, certainly to hasten death- if the fat/cholesterol /sugar hype is at all true! Almost none of the recipes are ones I'd be tempted to use; my husband and I have tried to put an end to that type of eating several years ago! Many recipes don't have a single healthy ingredient included: mostly things like butter, sugar, white flour, canned soups (salt and fat), etc.
So this book may be enjoyed by some as a VERY light, somewhat humorous read with unhealthy but no doubt sinfully tasty recipes included. A bit of a waste of time if you want reading fare a little more enlightening or improving to the mind or soul.
PS I don't even know whether this one should be on my fiction or nonfiction shelf!...more
I remember that I really enjoyed this book, but frankly I enjoy Bailey White better in person or on the radio. Her voice and delivery style add so mucI remember that I really enjoyed this book, but frankly I enjoy Bailey White better in person or on the radio. Her voice and delivery style add so much, and that sort of scenario was my original connection with her wonderful stories. Perhaps I should put this on my TO REREAD shelf for bits and pieces of lighter reading when needing something shorter, sweeter, less demanding. It's quite possible I'd give it 4 stars if I reread and remembered her writing better, concentrated more on the actual writing aspect rather than comparing it to performance pieces....more
Sometimes I find myself getting off to a slow start in a book, then warming up. This one seemed to go the opposite way. I absolutely loved it from theSometimes I find myself getting off to a slow start in a book, then warming up. This one seemed to go the opposite way. I absolutely loved it from the beginning, couldn't read fast enough, laughed aloud several times, had tears in my eyes, etc. Much of that period was en flight to California, and maybe those original funnies just couldn't hold up to the incredible excitement of San Diego for the first time in absolutely topnotch weather, also tiring. At any rate, the "fire" of that first reading period of time dwindled to a dull glow by later in the week. I can't explain why, but it just didn't continue to seem as funny. Yes, it was sometimes somewhat funny but seemed to lose the initial freshness and ongoing hilarity.
I am not raring to go out and try another Sedaris book immediately, but feel I should and will give him another whirl later based on what wonderful reviews of his work by so many friends. And I definitely did enjoy it much of the time and enough to rate 4 stars - although diminished from what I originally called a five....more