Bossypants by Tina Fey
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication Date: 2011.
Length: 5 hours, 33 minutes
Read by: Tina Fey
The Short Version:
This memoir is both funny and full of interesting tidbits about Tina Fey’s career and what she has learned along the way.
Why I Read It:
I wanted to read this ever since it was published but I didn’t want the book around my house because the cover totally creeps me out. For that reason I got the audio edition.
From the publisher:
Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update”, before “Sarah Palin”, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both of those dreams come true.
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.
Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!
As I said above I had to listen to this book instead of reading it because the cover gives me the creeps. I’m glad though, because after listening to Tina Fey tell her own story I cannot imagine it any other way.
I’ll admit that when Tina Fey was on Saturday Night Live I was past the age of staying up that late to watch it so I know of her work their primarily via You Tube. I have also never watched 30 Rock but after listening to this book it’s in my Netflix queue.
Tina Fey is smart and funny and this book is a delight. Her story of growing up and finding her way to a career in comedy and television is quite a journey.
I really enjoyed the part about the rules of Improvisation and how they can be applied to your career and life in general.
There is a pdf file of photos from the book that was included with my version of the audiobook. She makes reference to this several times so if you get an audio edition that doesn’t have that you might want to get your hands on the print copy of the book to see the photos.
Rating 4/5 for the book
Rating 4.5/5 for the narration