Bossypants, by Tina Fey
Bossypants is a book of essays by Tina Fey. The book is half biography and half host to observations, rants, and recollections of Tina – a television writer, producer, and actor/comedienne.
Tina Fey, probably best known for portrayal of Sarah Palin on SNL or Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, wrote a book of essays detailing several sections of her life from her childhood and respecting her father to motherhood to being in The Biz. Tina recalls growing up in the ’70s and all the many pop references that come with it. Her observations are written with adults in mind; a teenager wouldn’t get near the kick out of this book that an adult would. Tina sheds light on what it’s like behind the scenes of a television series – her chapter on how 30 Rock came to be is the longest in the book and the most informative. She discusses things that don’t generally come up in everyday conversation, as well as things that everyone respectively experiences but just doesn’t think merits discussion. Her writing style and casual tone make this book a light and enjoyable read.
I found Mindy’s book, often referenced alongside and compared to this book, more relevant. There’s nothing wrong with Bossypants – I enjoyed it, but I felt the entire time I was reading it that someone between my age and my mother’s would enjoy and appreciate it more. I was able to appreciate all of Tina’s comments and observations regarding in-laws and some of her college memories. The book did not have me rolling in the floor laughing, but rather giving a loud, raucous jolt of laughter every so often. I really enjoyed being privy to the behind-the-scenes action of 30 Rock, since I love the show so much. I would not liken Tina’s book to a collection of blog entries like Mindy’s, but rather just what it is – a book of essays. And that’s okay; it’s still very enjoyable in its own right and I would recommend it to someone if I thought they were either what I consider the appropriate age to be, or was very educated regarding ’70s culture and style. (I would even add that being a mother would probably increase your chances of enjoying/fully appreciating this book.) I enjoyed the laid-back style and casual, to-a-friend writing. I give it 4/5.
For Next Time
KK6: Dark Passage, by Ridley Pearson
The five Kingdom Keepers and their core friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney.
Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed. The five Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.