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Light Reading and Quick Thoughts: Bossypants by Tina Fey


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I read Bossypants four months ago. For some reason, I have been postponing my review since I first wrote it couple of months back. Not that I am unsure of it or it was controversial or I had any such juicy reactions. Bossypants simply didn't fascinate me. This is the not the first time I was listening to the book though. I had first played the audiobook in my car two years ago when I went on a short drive - I did get to the halfway point before I had to return the book. I remember enjoying the book tremendously then - so it surprises me that I didn't like it too much this time around.

I really like Tina Fey. The husband and I watched Admission recently, and while the movie isn't award-winning material, it certainly was a nice entertaining way to spend a late evening. She is certainly funny - hilariously. In Bossypants, she narrates so many funny anecdotes that I ended up feeling that I had been living a very unfunny life. She talks about pretty much everything in this book - a lot of it on the sets of Saturday Night Live. But there's also a good chunk of glimpses into her private life - about female topics, college romances and teenage obsessions.



Despite how funny she was, I found most of her humor very self-deprecating. Depending on my mood, I find that brand of humor either very entertaining or very depressing. If you look through all my reviews of books boasting of self-deprecating humor, you'll find that I either really loved it or really hated it. But one thing is usually consistent - if I come across a lot of it at one go, I rarely ever like it. The other issue with me was that I have never really watched much of Tina Fey. Other than seeing occasional clips here and there, for the most part, she is just a name I know but whose work I am not too familiar with. Maybe because of that, I could never get fully interested in Fey's anecdotes. It felt like listening to someone I don't know talk about her day. If you are a Tina Fey fan, you'll probably enjoy it more than I did, that is if you haven't already read it yet.

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rhapsodyinbooks said…
I like her when I have seen her, but like you, haven't seen her much. But it sounds like it would be fun car listening material.
I laughed like an idiot when I read this book ;) It wasn't a life changer or anything though, lol.
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I read this book in print and liked it. One thing she said that has stuck with me is that even though men tell us otherwise, women aren't competing against each other in the workplace. I wish we'd figure that out and support each other more.
Sometimes a book like this is great to have around for that day when it's exactly what you need. I haven't read it yet, but I imagine that there will be a time when I need that good laugh.
I feel ya. That kind of humor definitely takes the right mind set.
Helen Murdoch said…
I read and enjoyed this book, but I think you're right: you need to be in the right mood. I think she had some good insights into her entertainment world, though
Joy Weese Moll said…
I've avoided this so far because, like you, I've mostly experienced her career in clips and that doesn't give me a book's length of interest.
I don't know her at all, so I was probably right not to bother with the book. Well, at least you now know what the hype is about.
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Hyacinth Marius said…
I really love Tina Fey but I just didn't get the humor in the book and am disappointed that I spent what I spent on it.
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