Bossypants by Tina Fey

Kindle book dropped to $5.99 so I am reposting the review.

BossypantsTakeaway: Funny memoir, and surprisingly insightful discussion about the role of women in entertainment.

Tina Fey is a great writer.  I have never watched that much Saturday Night Life.  It is past my bed time (I usually wake up between 5 and 6 even on weekends.  Yes I am an old man.)  And I have never watched 30 Rock (although I am going to try it out after reading this book.)

But I have seen enough of Tina Fey that I was interested.  My Sister-in-Law passed on the hardcover months ago after she read it, but it was a hard cover and I never got to it.  Last week I picked up a free audiobook in a promotion (the promotion is dead now) and decided to listen to it as a change of pace.

I finished it in less than 24 hours.  It is not long, less than 6 hours unabridged.  But it is read by Tina Fey and she does a good job acknowledging that she is performing an audiobook, not just blandly reading the text.  There is even the audio clip of her first Sarah Palin SNL skit.  I love authors that read their own audiobooks.  The vast majority of the time it is so much better than a random narrator.

Overall it is an interesting mix of life story (great story of the fire on her cruise ship during her honeymoon) and actual advice about how to be a working mom or a woman in entertainment or a leader.  She is unassuming and the complete opposite of some celebrities.

There are places where some will be offended.  She opens with a fairly direct story about her first exposure to acting and improv and the gay friends she met.  She ends that story by saying that she wishes more Christians would treat gay people properly as Christ would and love them.  And while her language is not all that bad, she spends a bit of time talking about peeing in cups, farting and other bodily humor.

I really enjoyed the book.  I am not a laugh out loud person.  But there were a couple of laugh out loud moments.

Purchase Links: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle Edition, Audible.com Audiobook

2 Comments

haven’t read this but have wanted to for a bit. you’ve reminded me to put it back on my list…!

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