Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Book Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

BossyPants is not usually the kind of book I enjoy - or have any desire to read (or listen to). BUT, I do like Tina Fey (though I do confess to being a LATE convert to 30 Rock) and I needed a less serious, less intense listen. I was hoping that BossyPants would fit that bill...
Tina's father said of this cover: "I hope that's
not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales

The Audible Publisher's Summary:
         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! 

Bossypants is a quasi biography: witty, sarcastic and down to earth. Tina is unbelievably candid and open in her narration - the result is an unvarnished narrative - at times I felt like I was listening to a good friend telling the story of her screwed up childhood friends making nachos at home - and the whole "people under 30 don't remember when you couldn't just make nachos at home". I'm quite sure the hardcover is equally entertaining, but there was something special about hearing the 'story' in her own words - and would recommend anyone considering Bossypants to head over to amazon or audible to download the audiobook instead of buying the hard cover - or - like Tina suggests, buy the audiobook and buy the hardcover and give it to your sister-in-law.

I was three minutes into Bossypants when I started to laugh and spent a good portion of the remaining 5.5 hours giggling, smirking and grinning like a cheshire cat. "Two peanuts were walking down the street - one was a-salted". Ba-bum-bum.  Also from Tina - "By the way, when Oprah Winfrey is suggesting that you have over-extended yourself, you need to examine your "effing" life".

Not only did Bossypants open my eyes a bit on the so-called glamor of hollywood (did you know Tina Fey puts in 80 hour weeks writing and acting in 30 Rock) - I never knew how hard some entertainers worked to juggle so many projects and commitments. Tina works her a$$ off! As I mentioned before - I HIGHLY recommend Bossypants!

 Bossypants written by Tina Fey is also narrated by Tina Fey. Bossypants was published by Hachette Audio and was released on April 5th, 2011. BossyPants has a runtime of 5 hours and 35 minutes - you're going to want to listen to it twice.

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