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Tina Fey's book Bossypants has been one of the best things I've read in the last couple of years. Recently there seems to have been huge number of comedians with a similar background to her publishing autobiographies or books of their musings on the world (Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch etc.). Many of them fall a bit flat but Tina Fey's offering is an engaging book that manages to keep the humour whilst exploring her life and experiences in some depth.
One of the lovely things about this book is it feels like a friend casually sharing with you their history and life experiences. Fey's book follows through from her childhood to leaving home, getting her first foot in the door in the world of comedy through to huge success in this area. She shares her honeymoon, her experiences of having children and trying to balance success and parenting.
Fey's wonderfully descriptive style and witty way with words immerses you in her world. This book does cover her experience of many hot button topics such as the way women are viewed in the media & parenting. She manages to neatly bundle up her experiences as someone who needs to promote her work but also seems to feel deeply uncomfortable with much of the way women are treated in her male dominated workplace and portrayed in the world at large.
Fey manages to avoid coming across as someone for who things to have been easy and does lay bare some of her awkward times which makes her very likeable and many of her experiences are ones I can relate to.
I really enjoyed 30 Rock so hearing how that series came about was another attraction to this book.
Overall I'd recommend it if you like Fey's quirky comedic style and want a light but engrossing read.
Tina Fey's hilarious, self deprecating and raw biographical book 'Bossypants' is marvellous. It contains everything you would expect from the writer/comedienne; sarcasm, wit and a very well told story. The book begins with the story of how Fey grew up, including student jobs and embarrassing stories. However, the book isn't just a humorous story of Fey's awkward phases of growing up, it is also a must read for any young woman wanting an idea of how to get into TV writing, and help with how to handle it. Not only does this book provide them with a motherly (yet friendly) voice on how to get into TV writing, it is also a good source of inspiration for any young woman wanting to climb the ladder in a male dominated sector. Overall, 'Bossypants' is not only a great read for any fans of Tina Fey but also for those wanting a laugh out loud novel that's perfect for holiday reading.