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Book 8 - Bossypants by Tina Fey

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

I never particularly got into "30 Rock" but know Ms. Fey from her time on "Saturday Night Live" as well as various movies and hosting gigs subsequently. This book was on a list of important books by women authors or some such, and on a whim I suggested it as this month's book club selection. Opinions were somewhat mixed as to whether she successfully wove together this collection of anecdotes into a cohesive memoir and whether she did in fact "reveal all," but for my part I enjoyed it thoroughly. More than once I literally laughed out loud. My only issues were that it was a little heavy on needless profanity, and the chapter about "30 Rock" was a little long and tedious for someone not familiar with the show.

Some of the highlights included her description of a disastrous honeymoon cruise, a hilarious send-up of the traditional magazine photo shoot experience, and of course her famous impersonation of Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election. There are a few serious moments as well, when she talks about her struggle to be taken seriously as a female comic as well as balancing her work and home lives.

Those who read the audio book said that it's a good candidate for that platform, since she reads it herself; I found that I heard her voice in my head as I read in any case. We are considering Amy Pohler's memoir for a future selection.
Tags: memoir, television

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