2011 - Bossypants
Tina Fey is wonderful. I've always liked her, and not just in my usual "that celebrity hasn't been convicted of any serious crimes; I like her" way. I actively seek out her work and get excited about her new projects.
So why did it take so long for me to read this hilarious memoir? I'm not sure, other than perhaps I avoid memoir as a genre. I generally don't get much out of reading about what other people thought about their lives, particularly when a) their lives have only been going for a couple of decades and b) their lives are absurdly privileged. This almost always excludes celebrity memoir from even making my list. But I made an exception for Tina Fey because she was over 40 when she wrote this book and she is very self-aware about the fact that she has a privileged life. There's a whole section of the book that manages to mock photoshoots while giving plebes like me a very intriguing perspective as to what they are like. And she does all this while being...not modest. But not self-deprecating either. Just real? Real. And funny, which always helps.
For other real and funny memoirs, I recommend:
- Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
- Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
- Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Keep turning the page,