Tina Fey’s Bossypants, published in 2011, was on my list of to-reads for some time. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading it. It could just be that I kinda thought of it as a celebrity memoir, which isn’t really my thing. But what finally got me to pick it up was an excerpt I found on-line called “The Mother’s Prayer for Its Daughter.” It was funny and smart and had me nodding and laughing. How could I not pick up the whole book?
Bossypants takes us from Tina Fey’s early days growing up outside of Philadelphia, to her coming of age at the Delaware County Summer Showtime, right through her time with Second City, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.
I just made that sound so boring. That’s because I don’t write like Tina Fey. Much like standup and improv, the book is full of both humour and truthful insights.
I was particularly drawn in by the chapter “Sarah, Oprah, and Captain Hook, or How to Succeed by Sort of Looking Like Someone,” which details the short time she spent playing Sarah Palin on SNL, which wasn’t, I was surprised to learn, something she was immediately keen to do.
What struck me as I read Bossypants was how Tina’s experiences as a girl, a young woman and then a mother could really apply to so many of us. Granted, most of us aren’t as funny as Tina Fey, but we all have dreams and struggles. And Tina Fey refreshingly shares hers in a way that is entertaining and thought-provoking.