when I bought a series of hilarious books several weeks back, bossypants was one of them. fast forward to last week, and I’ve finally read it. it’s very much the case of saving the best for last, which is impressive since I loved amy poehler & mindy kaling’s books. but, tina fey is tina fey, which is to say that her dark, biting humor is so on point & splendidly on display in this book.
two sections standout in my mind. the first is the chapter on her father, don fey. a favorite paragraph:
“his half-scottish, half-german face in repose is handsome but terrifying. I searched the audience for him during the sixth-grade chorus concert and, seeing his stern expression, was convinced that he had seen me messing up the words to the happy days theme and that I was in big trouble. I spend the rest of the concert suppressing terror burps, only to be given a big hug and a kiss afterward. It took me years to realize, Oh, that’s just his face.”
and the second is entitled the mother’s prayer for its daughter. with a title like that, you know it has to be good. picking a favorite stanza is hard, so here’s three:
“may she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.”
“lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes and not have to wear high heels.”
“and when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, for I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.”
and aside from these two chapters, there’s pages & pages of honest-to-God laugh out loud writing. I read this while waiting for my car to be fixed, and I am telling you, I will never have as much fun at an auto shop ever again.
trust me. read this.