Have You Heard About… Bossypants

… the awesomeness that is Tina Fey? Before I read Bossypants, I knew Tina Fey as the Sarah Palin impersonator from Saturday Night Live, the math teacher from Mean Girls, and that one character from 30 Rock… and that was it. Now, after Bossypants, I can add her to my list of super-awesome modern women ready to kick butt, take names, and take over the world.

BossypantsThis isn’t so much a memoir as it is a collection of humorous essays, although the stories do have a fairly linear chronology. She talks about being an awkward teenager, a slightly less awkward adult, her near-fatal honeymoon, her struggles as a female comedian, and her life as a mother who eats food straight off the floor.

But beneath the laughs there’s also a powerful message about being a woman in a male-dominated society. No preaching, no agenda – just a straightforward opinion from a woman who’s made a career out of being straightforward. Plus, she also offers straightforward opinions on breastfeeding, Photoshop, and Italian Rum Cake. What’s not to love?

This is a story of a woman with dreams. Dreams of being a comedian on TV, and dreams of being chased through the airport by her middle school gym teacher. Both of those dreams came true.

Reviewed by Katie (staff)