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Book Review: Bossypants

Bossypants is a memoir by Tina Fey. Written around the time she was producing 30 Rock, it is an insight into her childhood {drug-free and a virgin}, her issues around body image and beauty, her friendships, her relationships, motherhood, and of course, her comedy. Rather than a chronological look at her life, Fey has written different chapters on issues in a personal-essay style filled with humour, wit and genuine nuggets to take away.

Having fallen in love with Fey and her character Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, I wasn’t going to let this book pass. And I must say I wasn’t disappointed. She speaks candidly about growing up half-Greek, half-German to Republican parents. Fey mentions the scar she has on her face {I haven’t even noticed this!} thanks to being slashed with a knife in kindergarten by a random stranger and how different people have responded to it.

She discusses sexism right from the time she was growing up and subject to lewd remarks to sexism in comedy. In ‘All girls must be everything’, she looks humorously at how women are constantly told about all things incorrect and deficient in their bodies and what products they need to correct themselves. Not being your typical blonde hair, blue-eyed girl, she noticed while growing up how they were women considered beautiful and on mainstream television. She refuses to let her daughter grow up with stereotypes and is doing her best to teach her that ‘yellow’ hair is just a colour like brown or black or red.

Fey talks about how she got her break in improv, to working on Saturday Night Live as a writer and later, going back to satirical comedy on SNL as Sarah Palin. She discusses working on 30 Rock and the opportunities she was given. As someone who has watched 30 Rock, a lot of what she has written and experienced has obviously been used for the show as well. The sexism, the belief that women are not funny enough, the fight for equality over and over, the questions women are asked about ‘having it all’ — it’s endless.

In short, if you are looking for a bit of a laugh with nuggets of truth that leave you thinking about society long after, Bossypants is the book for you.

My rating:

Bossypants (2011) by Tina Fey

250 pp, Regan Arthur Books (Hachette Book Group)

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***This has been reviewed as part of Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0 {Book from a list that makes you laugh out loud} and Outdo Yourself reading challenge. Follow me on Goodreads to see my reading progress***

Until next time,


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  • Rajlakshmi
    11 January 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I should add this one along with Yes please by Amy Poehler. Love both the women . I have watched her host golden globes and Oscar… But none of her shows.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      12 January 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Yeah I want to read Yes, please too. Love both of them! You should watch 30 Rock if you like her comedy. Very funny!

  • Shantala
    11 January 2016 at 3:44 pm

    This one is on my list- along with Amy Poehler’s – Yes Please. However, I am venturing into audiobooks with these two. I think I will enjoy the experience of listening to these women. πŸ™‚
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      12 January 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Oh I think this would be awesome as an audiobook. If you do listen to it, hope to read your review

  • shubhangi srikanth
    11 January 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Memoirs are insightful if written well and this one seems to fall in that category. I haven’t read her, but reading your review, I am tempted to pick it up.

  • Sreesha
    11 January 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I read this book last month and loved it to bits! And yes, it makes you think too, doesn’t it?

  • Shailaja
    12 January 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Really keen to add this book to my TBR list for 2016. I love Tina Fey and I am sure I’d love her wit and writing too. Thanks for the stellar review!
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