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Bossypants by Tina Fey
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Apr 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, non-fiction

Fun, silly, heartwarming and at times laugh-out-loud funny. This isn't a memoir per se. At the very least it's not a chronicle of every milestone, major or minor, in Tina Fey's life. Through a series of loosely connected chapters, Fey talks about things such as growing up a gangly, awkward girl who the boys never noticed, who found solace amongst the gay tech boys at the local summer theater, who had perhaps the most depressing job on the planet as the receptionist for the YMCA, who found life and passion in Chicago's Second City improv school and who went on to become one of the most popular cast members ever on Saturday Night Live and eventually write, produce and star in her own network television show... all while remaining that insecure girl with the scar on her face who is afraid she's not spending enough time with her daughter, yet insists on calling her nanny "the babysitter".

And yes, she spends nearly an entire chapter talking about what it was like to be Sarah Palin.

There's nothing in here that's earth-shattering or life-changing. In fact, if you didn't know who Tina Fey was already, you most likely wouldn't give two craps about anything she has to say in this book. But the thing is, you DO know who Tina Fey is, and goldarnit she MAKES you care about her with raw, vulnerable, self-aware, self-effacing writing that thankfully doesn't go too heavy on the hyperbole (a mistake a LOT of comedy writers tend to make when doing non-fiction). Well worth the read.
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