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Tina Fey – Bossypants

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Amy Poehler introduced me to Tina Fey (not personally, you fool!). I love people who don’t take themselves too seriously and it is one of millions things these two have together, together with exceptional sense of humour. Not for women, but for everyone.

Obviously, this year I got into age when I enjoy reading memoirs. Of course not all of them catch my interest, but it seems like memoirs of funny people do – it doesn’t matter whether they are successful, well-known or not, but if so, even better. Because I believe in time, where media are polishing not only appearances but also personal stories, it is important not to believe in everything and try to listen to the voices speaking about themselves. Plus, to be reminded about the fact that fame and money don’t mean that one’s life gets instantly (and forever) improved. Even people we see online and on TV have their own struggles, embarrassing moments and while we are sitting on the couch, laughing our asses of watching Tina and Amy on Golden Globes, these two incredible women are probably working their 16 hours long shift. On the top of that also looking stunning, being clever and hysterical, and somehow manage to be even with their families. I mean; I’m impressed.

In Bossypants, Tina tackles important issues of our society – pressure on women form looking amazing at any cost to be unbeatable mother, being (or at least appear) successful and snarky behaviour of people in various professional and personal positions. It’s good to read about her complicated road to the success, her views on beauty standards and usage of Photoshop, as well as tips for everyone how to feel better about themselves – it’s kind of easy:

Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.

Let me be honest with you – I’ve tried to get into 30 Rock twice and I wasn’t successful, so my interest in Tina’s work and persona doesn’t come from here, nor from Saturday Night Live. First of all, I wasn’t particularly interested in such themes and second of all *big disclosure*, I’ve never been to States so my appreciation of insider, political jokes would have been near to zero. Probably all these reasons made me flipping quickly through pages where Tina speaks about her work, shares scripts and stories that couldn’t be more meaningless for me. And maybe not only me, but also for other readers who are not fans of abovenamed shows, or for those who wanted to know more about Tina outside of work. Not saying there are no such parts, moreover complemented with hilarious pictures from own family archive, but her personal stories are worth reading too. I was laughing hard while reading about Tina‘s incredible honeymoon, almost cried because of so beautifully/achingly portrayed relationship she has with her father, and was admiring her no-bullshit attitude.

It was refreshing to see someone admitting their catty and unfair behaviour, that one they later fight against. What I got from this book were good vibes and lots of useful advices on how to stay true to myself, how to be a good team player, improviser and more. I guess that’s exactly what everyone needs to know, right?

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