Author: Tina Fey
Narrator: Tina Fey
Audio: 5.5 hours
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Bossypants was a smart and hilarious book. I say smart first because I think that is the feeling I was left with at the end. Yes, Bossypants is hilarious. Yes, Tina Fey had me cracking up while driving to work. But it was, to pull from the Boston in me, wicked smaht.
It is a memoir in the sense that Fey takes us through her childhood, her teen years with her gay best friends, her time at Second City in Chicago, her life as a writer on Saturday Night Live, and finally in her current role on 30 Rock (with a brief Sarah Palin intermission). But it is also filled with “helpful” advice, like what to wear to your glamour photo shoot or how to handle the often-violent breast-feeding/formula debate.
Throughout it all, Fey infuses her own unique, sarcastic sense of humor. Any fan of hers will enjoy Bossypants for that very reason.
The most interesting part of the book to me was her brief stint as Sarah Palin on SNL: how it began, why she was hesitant to do it, and how it was received. I was a LITTLE busy during the 2008 campaign season so I did not see all of it as it happened but I know it occasionally provided some much needed breaks/laughs for those of us working the campaign.
The audio production was very well done. Tina Fey, of course, did a remarkable job narrating. There were times that the text would alter as a result of the medium. For instance, she would acknowledge that we were listening and refer to the book as an audiobook. She pointed out which images on the included PDF corresponded to the images she was currently discussing. And we had the treat of actually listening to the first SNL sketch that featured her as Sarah Palin (and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton).
Overall, it was a pleasant listening experience. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes a good laugh. Unless you think women can’t be funny. Then you should probably skip it.
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