You’ll find Tina Fey’s Bossypants in the memoir section of your bookstore and library, but not because her book is an introspective of her life. It’s there because when a popular entertainer writes a book about his or herself, mentions childhood, and says something about the thing that made them famous, well, that’s a bare-bones memoir.
Fey is hilarious (even though it’s my understanding she is a woman and women are not funny). Her book is a series of short chapters covering the awkward childhood, some growing up/learning anecdotes, a few personal tidbits, and a copious amount of what it’s like to be a regular person who becomes famous.
The book was written in 2011 on the heels of her very popular stint imitating Sarah Palin on SNL and the critical success of her show 30 Rock. The book’s corporate earnings responsibilities can be seen in the structure of the book (meaning, the book is clearly designed to make money not position itself on college reading lists). But Fey, or as I want to call her, My Friend Tina, gamely tells us stories and gives us advice that she believes we shouldn’t be taking seriously. She’s not embarrassed to be the boss making the decisions, or the person learning from her mistakes. She praises people who have positively impacted her, and doesn’t completely tear down the negative people she’s encountered. Memoir-wise, she’s the star of her life, and she seems to be doing a great job.
The book is built to entertain and so it does. Perfect airplane/beach/bedside book.