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Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

in a sentence or so: Tina Fey is awesome and she tells you all about it in her memoir that's hilarious and surprisingly insightful and mind-meltingly magnificent.

Tina Fey, from SNL and 30 Rock fame, is one of my favorite female comedians. and by one of my favorite, i mean one of 3 that i actually like in any way. she's smart, self-deprecating, snarky, nerdy, and hilarious. while typically not drawn to memoirs, i had my arm twisted into reading this one.

and i'm SO GLAD i did. because i laughed a lot. all the way through, from the very beginning to the very end. my first lol came at page 12 with the period talk.
(from the "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" pamphlet from her mom)
"Dear Pam,
I'm supposed to go to a pool party this week, but my "Aunt Blood" is still in town. Can I go?
Dear Tabitha,
Of course you can still go! Modess makes great feminine-protection products that are so thick and puffy, you'll be super comfortable sitting on that bench near the pool telling everyone you're sick." (pg 12)
the laughs just kept coming, as well as the subtle words of wisdom. take this example from Tina's relationship with her eleventh-grade boyfriend:
"I should have known he and I weren't going to make it when for my seventeenth birthday he gave me a box of microwave popcorn and a used battery tester. You know, to test batteries before I put them in my Walkman. Like you give someone when you're in love." (pg 28)
i think the self-deprecating rants might be my favorite part of Tina's character Liz Lemon (on 30 Rock), so i laughed especially hard with this little nugget:
"I was wearing my best Gap turtleneck and my dates were two adult lesbians, so yeah, I was pretty cool." (pg 35)
and of course, the already popular (and rightfully so) poem, The Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter is one of the closing elements of the book, and provides the most quotable, laughable, and relatable pieces of the memoir. my favorite stanza is:
"And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister,
Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends,
For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it." (pg. 263)

for a journey through the life and mind of a humble comedic sassypants, give this book a read. i promise you'll laugh out loud and take at least a few tidbits of wisdom to heart.

fave quote: take your pick.

fix er up: the cover. oh boy, that cover. the font and background scream 'bargain bin' and the male arms are creepy as hell.

title: Bossypants
author: Tina Fey
publishing info: 2011, Little, Brown
genre: Memoir, Humor

[ftc notice: i borrowed this book from a coworker (though i totally intend to purchase it because i LURVED it). i received no compensation for this review. thanks, Julie!]

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Great post! I love Tina Fey, she is always so funny. I would love to check this book out. I might be able to get some reading done during the character ed portion on my class. We have a guest speaker, so I won't be doing any teaching.

  2. not only did i find out at 5am this morning that i am next on the list at my library for this book (and i've literally waited since it was released-we must have a lot of tina fey fans in town)...but by lunchtime, i found out that it was IN TRANSIT to the branch closest to my house.

    so MONDAY, my friend. MONDAY...


  3. I like the cover! I'm glad they chose not to sex her up, and instead disarm the reader with something unexpected. It helps you focus more on her writing and humor.

  4. Fantastic review :] I kind of really want to read this now and I NEVER read anything remotely non-fiction unless I'm literally being forced :P

  5. Ash - SO excited for you!
    Am - you make a good point. an overly sexified version would be awful.
    Jasmine - i know, i don't read this genre either but it was magnificent.


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