My 25th book of the year — and the official completion of my 2013 goal — was Tina Fey’s Bossypants. It is a funny, often endearing memoir about her childhood, her early career in comedy & show business, her time working on 30 Rock, and her family life. It’s punchy and fun while still addressing heavy issues like acknowledging privilege, sexism in entertainment and politics, and the double standard imposed on the working mom. It’s easy to relate to her frustrations as a college grad with a lousy first job or being questioned about her weight, and it’s eye-opening to see the mindset of a writer in the hustle and bustle world of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The whole book is hilarious from start to finish.
The parts about her childhood are especially enjoyable, and her fondness for big hair and her father shine brightly throughout the opening chapters.