Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.  (Summary and cover courtesy of


I really enjoyed “Bossypants” because it was light and funny, but also gave us some real insight to Tina’s everyday life.  She really seems like the kind of person that you could hang out with, without feeling overwhelmed.  She’s quirky and unapologetic about it.  The lasting story of the memoir is to be yourself and embrace what you have.  There are no half-veiled “you can do it too if you just work hard!” mini-advice chapters, but the truth as it is and what happened.  I found this refreshing because although I am often interested in a memoir, it doesn’t mean I want to BECOME that person.

I had forgotten that Tina Fey lived in Chicago after college so it was pretty funny to know exactly where she was talking about in her adventures there.  Having gone many times, it was also neat to see some of the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of Second City.  I’d definitely recommend this one and the audio book won many awards if that’s something that appeals to you!

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for something funny, light and somewhat insightful, but not too deep.