I just finished reading a book by that name by Tina Fey. According to an article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_Fey she got her start in comedy when she worked for The Second City, an improvisational theater company in Chicago. She was later hired as a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” In 2006, she began writing, starring in, and producing her own show, “30 Rock,” named for the address of the building where the NBC studios are located, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. She has also written, acted in, and produced other films such as “Mean Girls,” “Baby Mama,” and “Date Night.”
She received seven Emmy awards, three Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2008, she was singled out by the Associated Press as the performer who had the most impact on American culture and given the AP Entertainer of the Year Award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during a guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” In 2010, she was the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
In Bossypants, released in April of 2011, she talks about growing up and her experiences working in The Second City, “Saturday Night Live,” and “30 Rock.”The book is available in print and audio formats. If you purchase the recording from audible.com, you can also download a PDF document containing pictures and other images referred to in the audio book. However, if you’re visually impaired like me, I don’t recommend trying to read the PDF with a screen reader. I assume that if you buy the book in print, the pictures and other images are included.
On the other hand, the audio book is great! Tina Fey herself reads it, and she does an excellent job, as naturally she would since she’s an actress. It includes a clip from “Saturday Night Live” containing the sketch I mentioned earlier where Tina impersonates Sarah Palin. Even if you don’t watch “Saturday Night Live” or “30 Rock” and never saw Sarah Palin on television during her vice presidential campaign, I recommend this book.
By the way, she calls it Bossypants because when she became producer of “30 Rock,” she was asked if it was hard being the boss. I like the title because it gives me another name to call my husband. To find out what Tina Fey says about being the boss, read the book.
Abbie Johnson Taylor
Author of We Shall Overcome