The Bookie Monsters Goddess August Book Club Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

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Summary of Bossypants by Tina Fey

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.

*Summary from goodreads


It's rare for me to read an autobiography, especially of a person who is still living. I decided a while back that I wanted to read more nonfiction books, so when the theme for The Bookie Monsters Goddess Book Club for August was announced as "read an autobiography", I decided to listen to Bossypants on Audible because I knew Tina Fey wrote and narrated her autobiography.

I enjoy Tina Fey's comedy. She's a feminist, she isn't afraid to say it like it is, and she doesn't shy away from telling other people about embarrassing moments in her life. I never really "laughed out loud" while listening to Bossypants, but that is more of a reflection on me than Tina Fey. I am pretty much the worst person to have in the audience at a stand up comedy show. I rarely, and I do mean rarely, "laugh out loud." Instead, when I find something amusing or funny I make a sort of "tsss" noise. I basically smile and push a little bit of air through my teeth. So, though I never "laughed out loud" while listening to Bossypants, I did "tsss" several times. 

The book is definitely not all jokes though. Fey shares wisdom she's acquired about working in television and what it means to be a boss. I love her advice about what type of people to hire. "Only hire people you'd be happy to see at 2 AM." Basically, if you had to pull a long night at work, is this a person you could work with or is it someone you'd dread seeing at 2 AM. If you wouldn't want to work with the person when you're tired, stressed out, and probably under a time crunch, then you don't want to hire him or her. While I don't know that I'll ever strive to become a boss, I thought it was a solid piece of advice for people interviewing for jobs as well. Fey openly admits she doesn't have it all figured out, but I found that I agreed with most of the advice she gives throughout the book.

I kind of wish I'd watched Tina Fey on SNL and 30 Rock before listening to Bossypants. I felt I would've appreciated her stories about skits and episodes more had I been more familiar with them. I've only ever seen bits and pieces of both, but I've enjoyed what I've seen. After listening to Bossypants, I'm definitely tempted to check 30 Rock out. I gave Bossypants by Tina Fey 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads. 

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