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Bossypants by Tina Fey is a delightful look at the author’s life. And she covers it all in this series of essays.
For those of you who are curious about her childhood, she covers it. Awkward high school and college age? Covers it. Early days in comedy and barely making ends meet? Covers it. Time at SNL, experience starting 30 Rock, the six weeks of Sarah Palin on SNL, her kids, her nanny, her honeymoon… it’s all in there.
This book is an introduction to Fey, her life, and her outlook. Her humor is not only ever-present, but you can also see the experiences that influenced 30 Rock, especially Fey’s character, Liz Lemon.
She begins the book with some reflections on what it’s like to be a lady boss, and throws some additional thoughts in once and a while, but the book is more focused on her life and the little ridiculous things that have happened during it, and it’s not as much a book with an empowering message. Which is okay. It’s a delight to read.
Would I Recommend It?
Yes. The title is a little misleading – it’s more about the life of this boss lady than being a boss lady – but the book itself has great antidotes.
It’s good for people who may feel like they’re having a hard time fitting in. Fey is a bit of a self-described misfit throughout her life, but she shows the joy – and humor – that can come along with being one. Someone can also see in this book how she uses her unique point of view to differentiate herself and get ahead. She’s a ‘just be yourself’ success story.
Also, friends of SNL and 30 Rock will enjoy some insights into the behind-the-scenes workings of the shows.