Fat Books & Thin Women

Tina Fey’s Bossypants
September 7, 2012, 4:04 pm
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New back in the country, suffering from a constant if low-level anxiety about job hunting at a terrible time for job hunting, and trying to catch up on three years of American culture (Bieber to Jersey Shore to…oh god, I know that even these references are out-of-date and passe)? You couldn’t ask for a much better book than Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

Yeah, I know. I am the last person in America to read this book, and there’s not even really a point to reviewing it because…everyone beat me to it. But still, I wanted to jump in here and set the stage for forthcoming reviews; thanks to my “review” of Bossypants it should be clear that my brain spends most of the day hovering anxiously about three feet above my head, scanning job boards, and that a solid 50% of what I write in coming weeks will make no sense. (Much like this post.)

So, on to Bossypants! Tina Fey’s style is so conversational and welcoming that even if you are the most distracted person on earth (me) you will find yourself quietly dying (of laughter, or a generalized worry that you are in for a rude awakening re: the American economy) as you read stories about her father, Don Fey, “one boss, bold, bladed motherfucker” (48).

Bossypants covers a lot of ground, and can roughly be divided into sections of family anecdotes, stories about running 30 Rock, and explanations of SNL skits. The first two were my favorites; some of the SNL sections simply felt tacked on for length and way too long, with complete transcripts of skits. I imagine that this book on the iPad could just feature the videos instead of these transcripts (can they do this sort of thing for books on iPads? I am guessing yes, but, let’s face it – as with most new technology, I have no clue), and it would be vastly improved by the substitution. It’s vaguely interesting to read about the birth of some of these sketches, but over thirty pages of such description comes off as an attempt to pad the book.

Bossypants suffers from a lack of focus, but I expect as much when approaching a collection of essays and skits written by a comedian/writer of bits for comedians. The faults in Fey’s book were not enough to keep me from being that weirdo bursting into laughter every few pages, and using my iPhone (yes! I have an iPhone now! I am truly an American again!) to find videos like this one.


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Yea! You’re back. And you’re not alone. I don’t have cable, so half the time I have no clue what is going on in America – pop culture wise. Anyway, I still haven’t read this one, but I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Comment by jenn aka the picky girl

Welcome back, Ellen!

I haven’t read this one but I’ve heard really good things about the audio version.

Comment by Brenna (@LitMusings)

Welcome back! and good luck with the job hunting thing

Agreed that the book lacks focus, though like you the faults weren’t enough to keep me from loving it. So much

Comment by Alley

I loved it and I did not think it lacked a focus: we embark on a journey with Fey from her unknown Chicago days to her Palin impersonation and all that came with that journey (love, marriage, children, fame, passion for her job etc).

I listened to it, read by Fey herself and I think it was even better than reading only the text.

Comment by Elena

Welcome back! I listened to this one on audio and didn’t find the SNL skit transcriptions annoying at all – maybe because they were read to me? Still, glad you found this one humorous and entertaining in the long run!

Comment by Kerry M

I haven’t read it yet, either! But I plan on it soon because this is the second review in 2 days that I have seen recommending it!

Comment by RebeccaScaglione

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