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Bossypants by Tina Fey

May 2, 2011 - Amy Phelps
The hilarious Tina Fey tells the story of her life as a child, comedian and boss in "Bossypants."

Fey talks about growing up as a "change of life baby" to doting parents, if an intimidating father who continues to be intimidating to this day. She jokes about her struggles with puberty and being the nerdy girl that didn't exactly have success with the guys. She talks about finding good friends in a summer acting program. There's the hilarious story of her first job out of college, working for the local YMCA and the colorful cast of characters she met there before she got a job with The Second City Touring Company.

Fey also discusses being a woman in the male-dominated comedian field, how women are looked at in the industry and how she and Amy Poehler and the other comdiennes on Saturday Night Live helped to break down the barriers. She talks about creating 30 Rock, a show that seemed like it was never going to work out, and the awards it has garnered since. There's also her thoughts on the Sarah Palin sketches and what works and what doesn't.

Fey also talks about motherhood and juggling both that and a career, the crazy world of magazine photoshoots and celebrity "glamour" and the Internet-hate that comes from that and much more. There's everyday struggles with beauty, how to best celebrate the holidays with family and so much more that will leave moms and women laughing until their sides hurt.

Fey's humor comes through in an ingrossing book that I sped through in one afternoon and then was incredibly bummed that it was over. Tina Fey is someone I don't mind spending a fun afternoon with and wouldn't mind doing it again. More books, please, Tina!

"Bossypants" is published by Little Brown. It is $26.99 and 275 pages long.


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