Thursday, March 15, 2012

Book Review: “Bossypants” by Tina Fey

Yesterday, I posted my top ten road trip activities and one of these was reading a book! Yay for reading time—after all, I get so little of it these days. You know when another good time to read is? When you are sitting in the dark, waiting for your children to fall asleep in a strange room. I also did quite a bit of that during the past few days. The result of which is that I finally finished Tina Fey's memoir, Bossypants. (As for the reading in the dark thing….my in-laws gave me a kindle for Christmas, which I originally resisted because I'm a technophobe and felt like I was murdering books in the bloodiest way possible. However, once I got over that, I realized that kindle is pretty darn cool! Plus, my in-laws also sent a case with a built in light, which makes reading in the dark so much easier).

So, what is the dirt on Tina Fey? She came from a non-broken home, had a not-out-of-the-ordinary childhood and adolescence, and has nothing bad to say about other people. Wow….that sounds interesting (not!).

The strange thing is, it was interesting! It's no surprise that Tina Fey is a great writer, I think she spent 9 years writing for Saturday Night Live before starting 30 Rock (one of my two most favorite shows on TV). And it is no surprise that she's funny. What is surprising is how relatable she is. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, she is just like us! Well, except for the being famous and funny part. And looking like Sarah Palin (and, despite whatever think of Ms. Palin, you have to admit that there are worse people to look like).

Her book reads more like a series of essays than a straight memoir, but that is fine. It still flows well without feeling choppy, as some essay collections do. And, yes, it is funny. It is the kind of funny I think that I am (but am not). Fey also has something to say—about feminism, about politics, and about motherhood (among other things). It is the latter that I most enjoyed reading. Her prayer for her daughter has been floating around the internet since the book was published about a month ago (you can find one copy of it here, so I won't repost it). However, I found her thoughts on breastfeeding to be the most refreshing and, for me, comforting. I won't go into the details, because I think you should read this book, but here is a one sentence summation that became my very first kindle clipping:

When people say, "You really, really must" so something, it means you don't really have to. No one ever says, "You really, really must deliver the baby during labor." When it's true, it doesn't need to be said.

I totally puffy-hearted this book—so much that I would do a give-away of it….except I read it on my Kindle. So, that's your loss. However, Amazon is always open and I'm sure that your local library has a couple copies of it (each of which probably has 100 people waiting for it already…so just buy it…you won't be sorry!)

Affiliate Link: Purchase this book from Amazon.

I was not solicited for this review, nor did I receive any compensation.


  1. Great post - I rarely read books, but this ones seems like a must for me. I LOVE her on SNL, 30 Rock and her other movies, so I'm sure I will love her book. THANKS!!

  2. Okay all, I'm really not sure why this showed up as a new is the same think I wrote in 2011...I just added the affiliate link. Oh well!