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Bossypants by Tina Fey
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Jun 02, 11

bookshelves: biographies, non-fiction, favorites
Read in June, 2011

This book is hilarious, particularly the second half. The first half is mostly the childhood of Tina Fey, which is entertaining enough, but the second half gets into her time at Second City, SNL, 30 Rock, and the whole thing with Sarah Palin. This portion is such a fast read, and amazing fun, insightful, and entertaining. It's interesting to see original scripts and rewrites of ideas, and I also like how Fey will examine her faults or assumptions, such as slipping into condescension when talking to Palin about New York backstage. It's nice to see anyone so willing to critically examine him or herself, and have the wit to make it a joy to read. Part of this is having the perspective that she has her dream job, and it, even at its most stressful, is way better than what most people have to deal with. At the end, Fey goes on a discourse of her thinking about whether to have a second child, and the balance between career and family. While this comes up in all manner of books, her thoughts on it were really nuanced and fascinating.
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