This lady… man, do I like her.
Have you read Tina Fey’s bestselling book Bossypants - or better yet, listened to Tina narrate Bossypants in audiobook form? I’ll be honest, my opinion is nowhere near ‘unbiased’ – I’ve been obsessed with 30 Rock and all-things-Tina for, oh, ever. But you guys … this book is a game-changer.
Around this time last year, I was in a big time reading funk. On top of not being much of a bookworm to begin with, the last book I’d read (The Time Traveler’s Wife … don’t judge me) had been so indulgent and mesmerizing that nothing since had managed to hold my attention. My dad brilliantly suggested that I switch gears entirely, away from fiction and instead toward something light and entertaining.
I opted to go the audio book route with Bossypants, and I’d highly recommend you do the same – Tina’s expert delivery really does take the already-genius writing to a whole new level. This book quickly became the thing that kept me sane on the roads during those long weekend afternoons of getting my Christmas shopping done last year. Sure, I may have wasted hours sitting in parking lots, waiting for the end of a chapter and trying to hide the fact that I was creepy-silently-shaky-laughing alone in my car like a crazy person… but that’s not the point.
Did I learn some valuable lessons, including Tina’s Twelve Tenants for Looking Amazing Forever and how not to blow an interview with Lorne Michaels? Absolutely. But even better than that? Every time I re-listen to even a snippet of that book, Tina makes me proud to be a woman.
She knows who she is – a Greek, flat footed badass with razor sharp wit, limitless ambition, an arsenal of awkward teenage stories, and a big ol’ heart – and she’s not sorry about it. And because of that, Bossypants has sort of become my Bad Day Bible. Sure, it goes great with Sunday mornings, a worn in tee shirt, an over-sized blanket, and a giant cup of coffee… but above all, it’s hard to read a book like this without feeling as though her strength and confidence are contagious. Plus, the hysterical laughter that comes with it is a nice little bonus.
Do you have go-to books on your bad days? I’d love to hear about them.