Author: Tina Fey

Title: Bossypants

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Bestseller, Audiobook

Narrator: Tina Fey

Running Time: 5.5. hours unabridged

Publication Date: 2011

Geographical Setting: Philadelphia and suburbs, Chicago, New York

Time Period: 1970 to present

Series: NA

Plot Summary: Tina Fey’s Bossypants isn’t so much a memoir as a here’s-what-happened-and-what-I-think-about-it book. Fey stumbles through summer theater camps, college experimentation, and working the desk at the YMCA before breaking into the male-dominated world of comedy. While hardly a feminist manifesto, Bossypants illustrates eloquently (while a tad profanity-riddled) the sexism that challenged female comedians into the 1990s; an obstacle that was largely overcome by comedians like SNL alums Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.

The audiobook is certainly a revelation to Tina Fey fans. Fey talks you through the “relative stress of various jobs” and the birth of her “swarthy baby.” The stark honesty of Fey’s Bossypants turns brash and unapologetic when read with the comedic timing and flair of the author. For a hilarious and often surprisingly deep story about coming of age, Bossypants will appeal to lovers of self-deprecating humor and no-holds-barred memoirs

Subject Headings: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Humor, Second City, Saturday Night Live

Appeal: engrossing, engaging, flawed, candid, humorous, sarcastic, insightful, honest, quirky, contemporary, informal, strong language

3 Terms that best define this book: humorous, quirky, candid

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (Both feature strong father features and explore parent/child relationships with sarcastic humor)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling (The Office actress observes, life, romance and pop culture through personal stories and wit)

Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales (Almost three decades of oral histories from the cast and crew of SNL featuring scandals, infighting and showbiz dirt)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles (one man’s sarcastic and humorous look back on his life as he writes a complaint letter to American Airlines while his flight is delayed; very similar humor and autobiographical feel)

My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) by Toby Devens (Fifty-something Dr. Gwyneth Berke is left reeling from her divorce to examine her professional and personal life; the struggle between career and family is told with wit and humor very similar to Fey)

The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer (The wife of a Hollywood studio head is thrown over for a pop starlet; similar themes with the struggle between career and family, the humorous take on the dating scene)

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