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Tina Fey is my idol. I literally laughed out loud at parts of this book. It was a quick and fantastic read. ( )
Let me start by saying, I love a good memoir. I have read a lot of them, but this one was not for me. I know many people loved Bossypants; and personally I like Tina Fey. But as a book written with the intent to inspire young women.... I found this book falling flat.
There were moments that I found amusing and some comments about being a working woman in a male dominated field that I found insightful, but that was rare. Many sections I found uncomfortable and borderline offensive or insensitive. There were sections that bordered racist or at least ignorant of how she was feeding into and displaying institutional racist remarks and ideas. Then there were other parts that tried to convey a meaningful message but instead seemed to be insensitive to other issues like body dysmorphia, homophobia or fat shaming.
I did like some of the insight to her childhood and family. I enjoyed the story about how she came up through the ranks and created 30 Rock, but in the end I just didn't find this one relatable.
This book didn't do much for me, but it was definitely engaging enough that I polished it off quickly. Mostly, I enjoyed hearing about her show business career, its trajectory and the challenges of being a woman in the comedy game. There were a few parts that were funny, but a week later I don't remember them well. For some reason, humor doesn't translate that well for me on the page with a few exceptions (Dave Barry's colonoscopy column had me in stitches).
I listened to this on Audible, which I think is why I finished it. Fey's reading is expressive and funny-- where I think otherwise some sections would have fallen flat as text, particularly in the second half of the book. Her childhood stories were hilarious, as was her description of her father. Her career discussion seemed to be omitting a lot of her actual struggle. This decision made it harder to relate to for me. She also had a lot of fangirling over Baldwin and others that was not really explained, so it kinda came off like name dropping.
Just started listening to the audiobook. She is FUH-NNY (no duh, right?)!! I read a review recently that listed her audiobook ( she reads it herself) as one of the best of the year. Her delivery is so good; even if you've already read the book I bet you would love the audio. I know I'll listen to it more than once.
Only the American comic Tina Fey could get away with such a revelation-free 'memoir'.
But Fey’s memoir is wholly cleansed of any real darkness. It preempts any probing into real frailties and flaws. Of course, this is the point; it is designed to disarm.
Neurosis makes Bossypants funny (and it is very funny), but it is fueled by reflexive self-deprecation instead of real reflection.
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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, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
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