Book Title/Author: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Publisher/Year: January 3, 2012 by Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books (first published April 5, 2011)
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir, Autobiography
From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. (Goodreads)
I enjoyed Bossypants by sporadically reading along while listening to the audiobook — which let me say: I wish Tina Fey would read for other audiobooks!
Hilarious autobio that touches upon the highs and lows of Tina Fey’s life and career.
Bossypants is not an in depth, gut-wrenching tell-all memoir; it reads more like a personal story/essay where Fey reminisces and reflects on life moments chapter by chapter. Each chapter is packed with Fey’s wit, charm, and and spunky brand of feminism:
Ever since I became an executive producer of ’30 Rock,’ people have asked me … Is it uncomfortable for you to be the person in charge?’ You know, in the same way they say, ‘Gosh, Mr. Trump, is it awkward for you to be the boss of all these people?
What I liked most about Bossypants is how Fey is humorous and realistic in pointing out the contradictions that some women in the workplace can sometimes feel, conflicted between business/professionalism vs. societal norms/pressures, for example: Fey discusses how she’s irritated by the double standard of being asked about a being a successful boss and mother when no one thinks twice about successful fathers, but she still feels guilty at the time she’s spent working instead of with her daughter.
Bossypants touches on themes of: homosexuality, show business, women in the workplace, puberty, portrayal of women in media, motherhood and body image ideals.
“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
“Blorft – an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”
“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”