review: bossypants.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on May 25, 2011

in Reviews

I was in high school when I first started watching Saturday Night Live and it was around my freshman year when Tina Fey took on the co-anchor of their Weekend Update sketch with Jimmy Fallon.  I was a fan from then on.  I loved that she was not only a writer for the show, but also took on what was generally a male-dominated central part of the series.  When she left SNL and moved onto 30 Rock (love!), I became attached to her new show simply because she was on it.

So, when I found out she was writing a book, I knew I had to read it!

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Released in April 2011, Bossypants consists of stories of Fey’s life as a child in Pennsylvania, working with the improv team at Second City in Chicago, transition on to Saturday Night Live, and finally onto her current show, 30 Rock.  Oh, and then going back to SNL to impersonate Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential campaign.  Interspersed throughout are stories of her honeymoon and being a mom, and chapters with titles such as “Remembrances of Being Very Very Skinny” and “Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat”.

Fey tells all her stories with her trademark wit and sarcasm.  There were multiple times throughout the book that I was quite literally laughing out loud.  I discovered a new respect for her in how much she balances both personally and professionally, and how hard she worked to earn the success she has today.  I do think she is a bit too self-deprecating when it comes to the success of 30 Rock.  While I think Alec Baldwin is a fantastic actor and a great addition to the cast, she seemed to give him all the credit for how well the show has done.  Trust me, Tina Fey, I did not start watching because of Mr. Baldwin.  It’s all you.

I respect Tina Fey for so many things, but one thing I love is that she doesn’t take herself too seriously and seems to always find the glass half full.

If you want a book about a strong, inspiring woman that will make you laugh all at the same time, go read Bossypants.  Or even if that’s not the kind of book you’re looking for, still go read it.  At under 300 pages, it’s a quick, entertaining read that will give you insight into the life of one of the leading female voices in comedy today.

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Kaitlin May 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I loved Bossypants!! I got it on audiobook and listened during some long treadmill runs as well as biking around town. So great.
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Katy Widrick May 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

I LOVED Bossypants, too — a friend lent it to me and I read it in just 2 days! In fact, I posted today on the “when did you become a woman” section. It really spoke to me.


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