Bossypants – a Review

Published by in Humor
7th Mar 2012

I almost gave this book 5 stars, and it is damn near perfect.

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!

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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.