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A fun read, but a bit thin,
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This review is from: Bossypants (Hardcover)I'm a big fan of Tina Fey and 30 Rock, so when I first heard about this book, I checked it out immediately. From Amazon's preview pages alone, I was convinced that this would be a fun, light read, which it is. Unfortunately, it's a little too light, as there isn't a lot of depth to the topics that Fey covers. She never gets too detailed when it comes to current personal matters, which is understandable; she's never struck me as the type of celebrity to talk about her personal life at length, so the fact that we get anything in that regard is fine.
But she also glosses over the behind-the-scenes stuff related to 30 Rock and SNL, and her film work is ommitted entirely save for a couple of passing references to Mean Girls. That these topics aren't covered in more depth in favor of an entire chapter on what it's like to be in a magazine photoshoot is pretty disappointing. Although to be fair, she does devote a good deal of time to the Sarah Palin situation.
But where the book really shines is in Fey's dissection of the rampant sexism found in the male-dominated field of comedy, both past and present. She tackles the topic with a humor and eloquence I haven't seen or heard anywhere else, and it's these bits scattered throughout the book that really make it worth reading.
In the end, the book's shortcomings basically balance out with its strong points, leaving it just a decent book. It's difficult to even justify calling it 288 pages long, as the margins and line spacing are larger than I've seen in most books and it also includes several pictures and entire script excerpts from 30 Rock and SNL. I'd say it's realistically about half the advertised length, though it's a totally breezy read. I managed to finish it in one weekend, and I'm generally a pretty slow reader. It's easy to pickup and difficult to put down, though it's a book I could really only recommend for hardcore Tina Fey fans.