This autobiography by Tina Fey was a really quick read, and quite funny, though I didn’t laugh as hard as I’d hoped I would based on what I’d heard from others about it. It was my book club book for this month, and I had to read it really quickly because I left it until the last minute. This was no problem, because it reads well and it’s really interesting, despite the fact that it is way out of the realm of what I normally read.
Fey writes briefly about her life growing up, which is basically the same story of adolescents everywhere, with the exception of her being knifed in the face by a vagrant in an alley when she was little. On that note, has anyone else notice she had a scar on her face? She talks a lot about it in the book, but I’d never noticed it before she mentioned anything. The majority of the book, however, is about her life in show business (more specifically sketch comedy), and it’s fascinating! From her stint as a writer and then actor on SNL to her creation of 30 Rock, she gives anecdotes about her fellow writers or actors and the text includes some of the original scripts for sketches or episodes. For instance, she goes into a lot of detail about her impressions of Sarah Palin, and how hard she worked to make it accurate and funny. And despite it being generally goofy in tone, she does address an issue that is obviously close to her heart: the treatment of women in show business. I liked that it wasn’t just a book about how awesome and interesting her life is. She also expresses the hope that someday women can find their way in comedy without the prejudice that seems to be caused by oblivious men.
The other great thing about the book is how incredible Tina Fey it sounds. While reading it, I could see/hear her delivering a punchline at the end of each paragraph, almost as if I were watching her on TV. It made for very entertaining reading!
Truth be told there isn’t much to say about the book. For the most part she makes it feel like fluff reading, despite the fact that the story told is that of a young woman finding her way in a primarily male-dominated industry without having to show her tits (yeah, I said it), and also learning to balance home life with dream career. It’s cute, it’s informative, it’s funny, and I enjoyed it as a break from all of the fiction I’ve been reading lately. I’ve read my biography for the year!