Bossypants is Tina Fey’s first book and hopefully not her last. Here we get a glimpse of how this girl from Pennsylvania became the successful comedienne that she is today. Fey only briefly discusses her childhood, but it gives a good view of how she may have been drawn to the path of entertainment. Being eight years younger than her only sibling, a brother, she was used to being the center of attention at home, and after an incident resulting in her bearing a facial scar, she achieved celebrity status among the neighborhood kids.
Fey never reveals too much about her personal life, but gives the reader an overview of her journey from theater camp director to unemployed college graduate to star and producer of the award winning 30 Rock. We read of how she helped change the status quo at Second City, being in the first gender equal improvisational cast. From there she takes us through her first interview with Lorne Michaels for her Saturday Night Live writing job and her second interview years later for her Weekend Update gig. Along the way we learn that traveling improvisational casts don’t always follow the rules, male SNL writers tend to pee in jars, and if Oprah thinks you are stretching yourself too thin that is saying something.
Mixed in with the stories of Fey’s life we learn her beauty secrets and her hopes for her daughter as she grows older. And we cannot forget the behind the scenes view of a real photo shoot where after hours of hair and makeup and squeezing into too small clothes, they just Photoshop the whole thing anyway. There are moments that will make you laugh, and moments that will make you cry because you are laughing so hard. For anyone who is a fan of Tina Fey or any of the work that she has done this is a must read.