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It seemed a little uneven starting out, but quickly transitioned into some very interesting pieces about her early jobs, her work with Second City, and then her transition into writing for SNL and her eventual creation of 30 Rock. Interspersed are stories about growing up and dating, her eventual marriage, and her struggles to balance work and family life, as well as some candid advice for other women on how to make it in a male-dominated industry.
Perhaps what I liked most about the book is that even though there is a lot of self-deprecating (and distancing) humor, my sense in the end was that Fey gave us an honest look at who she is: imperfect, stumbling, but always rising again, persevering, and continuing to do what she loves. I would say the book is well worth reading for any fan of Tina Fey, 30 Rock, or SNL, as well as for any woman who struggles to balance the roles of worker, spouse and mom. It was a good read!
Let's start with the good stuff:
- It's extremely funny. And not just "laugh out loud" funny, but "laugh *so* out loud your spouse asks you to go read in another room because you're keeping him awake" funny. If you enjoy Tina Fey's humor, you'll really appreciate this book. It's damn funny.
- It's (unexpectedly) full of really good advice about how to be a good boss. I mean, maybe I should have gleaned that from the title but I expected it to be more of a comedic autobiography than a sincere look at how to effectively manage people. And she's got some really great thoughts in this book about how to be a leader.
- Where books by other comedians are pretty much only for laughs (see: Chelsea Handler), this book also contains some social critique. And, not in a preachy way - in a very funny way. But Fey raises some excellent questions about how women treat each other, being a working mom, dealing with institutionalized sexism, and other hilarious topics!
I found myself wanting to know a bit more about SNL, or 30 Rock, but she keeps those experiences (and her personal life) at a pretty surface level. It appears to be a very conscious choice, and one I respect; you can tell she doesn't want to be a tell-all kind of person, and she's not interested in being the sort of celebrity that rips her whole life open for all to see.
All-in-all, I loved this book and devoured it in one day (not an easy feat with two preschool-aged kids running around).
My only gripe is that it's a little hard to tell what this book is trying to be. It's part comedy, part biography and part managerial guidance/life lessons. Not that that's a bad combination - it was just a little unexpected. And, at times, felt a little jumpy.
1. Her dry, punchy humor is wonderful for writing performances, but I don't think it works well in long format. She's not so much the best story-teller. Rarely did I find myself captivated by anything in the book or wanting to read more, which made me feel like....
2. She's a very reluctant memoir-writer. The tone often made me feel like I was intruding somehow by reading what she wrote. There are points where she outright says she doesn't want to discuss certain events (*perfectly* understandable.) But her stories feel glossed-over and the people she discusses feel liks frameworks of characters.
(I loved the chapter about her father. It felt rich and I totally understood who he was and how he shaped her life. If the rest of the book had been like that, it would've been great.)
Love Tina Fey and I'll continue to watch 30 Rock like a junkie. But it kills me that I'm not recommending this to my friends. (I'm not a total downer: if you want a fun memoir, I'd choose Kathy Griffin's instead... just because I think she's a bit better at crafting a story.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What strikes me about Tina Fey is she is not unhappy and bitter like a lot of comedians. She's unabashedly in the business of being funny, and she does it intelligently. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by robin ben-chaim
shes too self deprecating, boring on ya know what a nerd she is etc...how her buck teeth or watever hindered her going to the promPublished 14 hours ago by tracie
While I like Tina Fey, I'm not a huge fan of hers. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed her book. I read it so quickly. She's funny and humble and intelligent. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kathleen
Good, but not as funny or insightful as Amy Poehler's "Yes, Please." Not that it has to be, but thought I'd add that. Very enjoyable, fast read.Published 2 days ago by Mama & Wife
Interesting read, much insight worth the read. Stay positivePublished 2 days ago by walter losiniecki
hilarious. self-deprecating. hilariously self-deprecating. good for the kind of laughs that give you a belly ache. treat yo self and get this book!Published 3 days ago by Hilal Isler
I wasn't sure what I was in for when I picked up this book. Happily, it is delightful. She's honest and insightful, and this book really reads like Ms. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ruthanne Reid
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If you mean a 'tween-aged reader and not a twin, then yes, I'd say it is appropriate in the sense there's no profanity, violence or explicit sexual content. However, I can't speak to what you mean by appropriate in the cultural sense. If you're a devout Christian, for example, you could find... Read More
Jul 12, 2011 by Robespierre | See all 3 posts
Agreed, if I can pay less than a dollar more to get a tree cut down, this book printed on the paper created from that, bound in hard cover and shipped to me via UPS and the trucks driving around vs wirelessly sending it to my device, then something in this system is broken. There used to be this... Read More
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|tina fey's man hands made me want to read||
You do realize those aren't actually Fey's hands, don't you? Notice their proportions relative to her face. Notice the prominent wrist and arm hair, for the love of God.
The idea of "man hands" is supposed to be crushingly obvious on the visual level: that's the concept behind the... Read More
May 28, 2011 by Robespierre | See all 3 posts
|If you liked this book, you will love Broken Headbone By Ginny McMath!!!||
Yes! Broken Headbone is laugh-out-loud funny but also really poignant. I loved this book!
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|Pictures / Graphics on Kindle||
I also downloaded the excerpt as well and didn't have much trouble using the Kindle 6" for pictures. Some I had to expand. If you move the cursor to the picture and select it, the Kindle will expand the picture. I also have a first gen Kindle and I don't know a way of doing it on that... Read More
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