Tina's the Man: Loving Fey's Bossypants

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Now is a perfect time to ignore our multi-tasking mommy anxieties, finally enjoy one of those lovely cupcakes with a swirl of icing, and laugh out loud while reading Tina Fey's new book: Bossypants.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

In Bossypants, Tina Fey makes us smile because she tells it like it is. And her honesty is a good thing because chances are many of us need to be reminded that, after all, we are just people, not super heroes. Fey says it best:  

"Some people say 'Never let them see you cry.' I say, if you're so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone."

"Don't ever feel inadequate looking at magazines. Just remember every person you see on a cover has a bra and underwear hanging out a gaping hole in the back"

"I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home. I didn't used to have to do that. But now I do." 

“But if you have an opinion, please feel free to offer it to me through the gap in the door of a public restroom. Everyone else does.”

                   ~Bossypants, Tina Fey

This weekend put Tina Fey's book on your massive To Do list, next like Bossypants on Facebook, and then sit down and read it. Or, if you must, at least listen to the audio version because you are the type who feels guilty whenever you lounge on the couch to read a book on a Saturday since you can't stop rewriting the tenth revision of a very important marketing plan in your head even though somehow a vacuum is super glued to your right hand while you manage to make a hearty homemade pasta with your left. If you still are not convinced the book is for you, check out these reviews:

“Bossypants” isn’t a memoir. It’s a spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical thinking and Nora Ephron-isms for a new generation." –Janet Maslin, NYTimes.com

"Inside lies a collection of autobiographical essays that should (but of course won't) prove once and for all that pretty is nowhere near as important as funny, and funny doesn't work without that rare balance of truth and heart. –Mary McNamara, latimes.com

"Bossypants is not so much a memoir as it is a sort of here's-what-happened-and-why-I think-this kind of book. It's honest and intimate, without any maudlin tales of childhood sorrow, no extraneous snark or hit-and-run tell-all gossip. It's just a great read from a mature thinker." –Janeane Garofalo, NPR

"But the chaos of Fey’s life is best detailed when she’s dividing her efforts equally between rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression, trying to get Oprah to appear on 30 Rock, and planning her daughter’s Peter Pan-themed birthday. Bossypantsgets to the heart of why Tina Fey remains universally adored: she embodies the hectic, too-many-things-to-juggle lifestyle we all have, but instead of complaining about it, she can just laugh it off. –Kevin Nguyen Amazon.com Review

My favorite comment by a book reviewer comes from my hometown paper: "When I got to the last page, I actually turned one more and read the acknowledgements. That's how much I didn't want this book to be over," says Kristin Tillotson at the Minneapolis StarTribune.com.


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