Thursday, May 12, 2011
Review: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Title: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Published: April 5, 2011
Bossypants is the memoir of Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, and 30 Rock fame.
We get to learn about her childhood, teenage shenanigans, and personal and professional path that lead to SNL. Fey talks about her feelings regarding women as comics, motherhood, beauty, and breastfeeding.
Where she talks about breastfeeding, her inability to ask her nanny not to clip her kid's nails close, or her dad, you get to see real Tina. Many of the other stories feel like they have been massaged for comedic effect. I rarely watch SNL; lately, it has been so not funny. I very much enjoyed Mean Girls, for which she wrote the screenplay. There were definitely parts that were laugh till you choke funny.That said Tina's writing can seem like one long gag the entire book.
While Fey give us glimpses into her family and behind the scenes work life, the almost nonstop jokey feel to the book keeps a wall between her and her reader. You learn some interesting things about her as a person but you are definitely not getting a true feel of her as a person just a facsimile. I guess it's hard to write a memoir when you are still in the thick of things and trying to avoid offending anyone or saying anything that can bite you in the butt later.