Monday, January 9, 2012

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Except for her role in Date Night, I didn't know very much about Tina Fey. I was barely even aware she had a regular TV show to her credit. So what better way to get to know her than through her (audio)book Bossypants? It's a fun, light listen that covers her youth and early rise in writing and acting for television and her subsequent fame after her portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. I'm always so fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes and how the producers of a show can keep churning out episode after episode without ever running out of ideas. And who are the 'real' people behind the famous names, anyway? I need to know. She's creative and talented and whip-smart but doesn't shy away from expressing her struggles and admitting her insecurities.

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 these 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. (back cover)


Kristi said...

I read this one a couple of months ago and I really liked it. I love Tina Fey and 30 Rock so it didn't really surprise me that I found it so enjoyable. I loved the inside look into the business too.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I had not watched any of Tina Fey's tv shows so I was a little lost in this one at times. I so wish that I had listened to the audio rather than reading it; I think I would have enjoyed it more.

Trish said...

Kristi - The inside look was really interesting, wasn't it? I couldn't believe how seat-of-the-pants it all seems and yet turns out just great on TV! It must take nerves of steel.

Peppermint Ph.D. - Yes, it's audiobooks for me when it comes to this kind of memoir. Her humor came through in her voice, which I think might have been lost on me had I read it.

Kailana said...

I really enjoyed this book!