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What I liked:
The whole book! My short review is just buy/borrow it, because it's fantastic and funny and you should read it! When I posted a picture of this book on my Instagram, so many people told me how much they enjoyed the book, and many recommended that I listen to the audiobook, as Fey narrates. I've tried a few audiobooks over the years and I really can't focus on information that way. I may actually give it a try with Bossypants though, because Fey is so witty and I believe hearing her jokes come from her would enhance them, especially now that I'm familiar with the material.
Fey gives readers a wonderful mix of comic insight into life and honest thoughts on a variety of topics such as life as woman, mother and comic, as well as fashion and beauty tips! Every page contained something that made me smile or chuckle and I can't remember the last time I laughed so many times while reading a book. (It was probably last December, when I read Mindy Kaling's book - I need to read more humor!)
What I didn't like:
Nothing! Wait, you know what? This book wasn't long enough! I reached the end all too soon and wanted more of Fey's tips and quips. Hopefully she puts out another book in the future.
If you like humorous memoirs, this book is for you. If you don't like comedic books you probably have no soul you might still find some of her more insightful moments useful in your own life.
"Bossypants" is loosely an autobiography, in the vein of David Sedaris. In other words, it skips around in time and cherry-picks interesting stories from Fey's life. I actually read the newest Sedaris book at the same time as "Bossypants," and both authors share the same observational type humor that often relies on cutting/hilarious descriptions of people and their foibles. For example, Fey's stories about working at a Chicago-area YMCA often revolved around her deskmate, Donna, whom she describes as "an enigma wrapped in bacon wrapped in a crescent roll."
If you've seen Fey's comedy, then you know what to expect. "Bossypants" is very funny but also fairly poignant at times, especially when Fey discusses her daughter. She also clearly is proud to be a female who succeeded in the male-dominated comedy culture. Some readers may get a bit tired of that message, but Fey never takes herself too seriously -- as soon as she builds herself up as a pioneer of female comedy, she'll depict herself as foolish or petty. All for a good laugh.
Note: This review is for the Kindle version. The transfer to e-book seems to have been done carefully, and I did not see any obvious errors that would affect the reading of "Bossypants" on Kindle.