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Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:23 AM

I have always loved Tina Fey. I loved her on SNL’s Weekend Update, and I love her even more now that I’ve read her book, Bossypants. Fey is smart and hilarious, and there are several laugh-out-loud moments within the pages of this memoir. It’s also a quick read, something you can get through in one sitting if you want to.

Fey’s book begins with her childhood, as she spills funny anecdotes about her family and growing up. She doesn’t spend a lot of time here, though, as the majority of the book focuses on her career and how she became, well, Tina Fey. She recounts several of the miserable jobs she was forced to endure along the way to her climb to the top, including some she enjoyed, such as being in the cast of Second City doing improv comedy. That part’s pretty interesting, too, as Fey reveals some of the trade secrets those in the business know when it comes to doing improv.

She eventually lands a job at SNL as a writer, and we get her take on working for Lorne Michaels and with some of the funniest comedians in the world. Much of Fey’s focus lies on the double standard in the business and how women are treated differently than men. It was a breakthrough moment for her to appear on SNL’s Weekend Update, a gig that proved to work out very well.

Fey provides an intriguing account of what her feelings were on being asked to do those infamous and wonderful Sarah Palin impersonations. She did not want to do it at first, and she really agonized over this. It all worked out okay, but she received tons of feedback, in the form of e-mails especially, from outraged individuals who questioned her motivation and political affiliations upon doing the impersonation of the famous conservative.

Besides all the behind-the-scenes information readers are privy to when reading Fey’s book, she also very much “keeps it real,” divulging that just because she is famous doesn’t mean she doesn’t have mommy guilt or real feelings of insecurity and inadequacy like the rest of us. There are long nights of being up all her night with her baby, met with more long nights being up all night writing for 30 Rock. She, too, struggles with juggling parental responsibilities and a professional career. I found that refreshing.

I recommend this book for some light, fun reading. Take it outside one sunny afternoon with some iced tea, and laugh it up.

Sara Berelsman has an MA literature and leads the book club discussions at the Delphos Public Library.


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