If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this book, Bossypants is a collection of personal stories from Tina Fey, a la David Sedaris. Each chapter is a story, and they span from childhood to adulthood. She reflects on these times with loads of humor, sarcasm, and self-deprecation. In short, it’s awesome.
As I was reading I was taking notes of stories I found hilarious and wanted to include in my review. By the time I was done with the book, I realized my list included almost every chapter. If it isn’t evident by now, I love Tina Fey. I love that she’s very intelligent and is able to turn that intelligence into jokes and sharp wit. She has a way with words that put you right in the situation and, at the same time, make you bust a gut laughing. Even some of her throw away lines are fantastic. In particular, I enjoyed her stories about her first gynecological exam and her honeymoon on a cruise ship. I laughed so hard I cried.
Since this is a book of personal anecdotes, here’s a small one of mine. As I was reading this book, it made me think about my own mother. Anytime I talk about Tina Fey her response is “I don’t like her because of what she did to Sarah Palin. Her impressions are mean.” (my parents are VERY Republican). Fey dedicates an entire chapter (one of the longer ones) to how she came to play Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live and her own thoughts on it. This was one of my favorite chapters because I felt like it gave a little depth to the book; it was still funny, but we also got a look into Fey’s own views on that situation. She handles the whole thing very well, explaining how she was initially resistant to the idea and, once she did start impersonating her, how it would be received. She also delves into how her political beliefs had gotten her into a little hot water before and, in this case, never resorts to negativity or taking any pot shots at Sarah Palin (okay, maybe just one), who quite frankly, could have been a very easy target. My point here being: I really like Tina Fey (did I mention that yet?) and I think there’s something for everyone in this book, even someone who might not think the best of her.
In short, just go get this book, it is well worth your time.
Oh, and here’s some extra Tina Fey awesomeness for you. You’re welcome.