Bossypants – Tina Fey

I don’t know about you guys, but I knew absolutely nothing about Tina Fey until she began to portray Sarah Palin on SNL. Then she became a huge thing (and rightly, since she’s hilarious) and everyone loved her, but I never really watched SNL enough (or, later, 30 Rock) to know much about her. But whenever I did watch anything with her in it, I always enjoyed it, and after hearing so much good stuff about her autobiography, I decided to get it.

I can’t give much of a summary since it’s an autobiography, but I will tell you that she’s very good at just giving the straight story in a very dry, humorous way. She tells about her background in improv and meeting Amy Poehler (who, by the way, graduated from my alma mater, Boston College) and her life as a wife and a mother. My favorite part was probably where she compared the stress of SNL vs. 30 Rock on a chart with other stressful jobs—I won’t give away the comparison but I definitely appreciated it.

It was very clear from the way she wrote and from what she wrote is that she’s truly a real person, if that makes sense. We tend to idolize celebrities so much that it’s hard to believe that they’re real people with husbands and wives and children and families that are pretty much just like ours, and I’m sure that in some cases their autobiographies do little to quell the idea that they’re different from us in some essential way. But reading Bossypants made me feel almost like I was buddies with Tina Fey and we were just chatting over coffee or something.

That, to me, is what makes (certain) biographies awesome. I’m not really into them as a genre, per se—I’m not really into nonfiction at all, when it comes right down to it—but I’ve read two biographies so far this year and have enjoyed them both immensely. I’ve found that it’s a great way to get to know someone who you will (9.999 times out of 10) never actually get to know in real life. Other readers have of course discovered this long before I have, but I’m surprised and pleased by it all the same.

My only regret with Bossypants is that I didn’t get it as an audiobook; I’ve heard it’s even better that way because Tina Fey narrates it herself. Maybe eventually I’ll download it onto my iPod—next time I’m taking a long car trip, I guess. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Tina Fey and enjoys a quick, amusing read. Those of you who have listened to the audiobook: is it worth investing in even after reading the hard copy?

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9 thoughts on “Bossypants – Tina Fey

  1. I heard the same about the audio but I only read the book. I didn’t love it enough to try the audio though so it’s hard to say. But I love what you said about getting to know the person and feeling like they’re read. Biographies where celebs come across as perfect, amazing, and better than everyone else are quite a turn-off.

    • I’m definitely going to have to try it that way sometime. My boyfriend and I will probably be driving up to Massachusetts from Maryland sometime this summer, and that’ll be a LONG trip, so maybe then!

  2. Best way to do an audiobook without splurging… the library.It’s amazing how big most library’s audiobooks collections are. This is one I have been wanting to listen to for a while now; maybe tomorrow, I’ll just go ahead and check it out!

    • How does it work from the library? Do you get it on CD or is it like e-book rentals where you have to have an e-reader or something?

      I’m ashamed to say I’m not much of a library-goer–even if I had the time (which I don’t, really) I generally prefer to buy my books because then 1) I don’t have to remember to return them and 2)…I don’t have to return them! I love to re-read, so the library has never really worked out for me. But as I move more out of my comfort zone, which I’ve been trying to do, the library will probably be a great resource for me 🙂

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