Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Good Reads: Bossypants

If there was one thing I could change about myself, it would be that I laugh out loud more readily.  Maybe this is the reason I appreciated Tina Fey's autobiography so much.  Fey radiates pure comic genius.  I should be ashamed (but I'm not) about the number of times family members and complete strangers came across me guffawing while reading this work of humorist art.

I admit, I may have been biased upon beginning this book, as 30 Rock is on of my favorite television shows. How can it not be?  As I read Bossypants, Fey's voice was crystal clear. 

I felt for Fey as she recalled less than desirable birthday presents from boyfriends-past (I should’ve known he and I weren’t going to make it when for my seventeenth birthday he gave me a box of microwave popcorn and a used battery tester. You know, to test batteries before I put them in my Walkman. Like you give someone when you’re in love.”) 

I "hell-yeah'd" for her when she elaborated on her opinion regarding the root of self-loathing that runs rampant among young women of today ("...And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”)

Finally, I may or may not have related to her snippet that read,"...every time I reached in the closet to grab a Sunday school dress or my colonial-lady Halloween costume that I sometimes relaxed in after school...".  You will never know.

I got together for a book club meeting with some friends to discuss this autobiography tonight, which turned out to be very successful.  Fey is a strong, hilarious, non-judgmental woman who will truly captivate you from the moment you pick up her National Bestseller.  

If you have time for a little light, humorous reading, choose Bossypants!  You will become inspired.

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