by: Tina Fey
Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company NY,NY 2011
For someone who doesn’t read a lot of memoirs this seems to be my year. Tina Fey writes a piece that is part memoir, part stand up routine. It’s more like reading a series of short sketches than a story of someone’s life. At the same time she does seem to cover the arc of her experiences in a somewhat sequential manner.
Reading this book it seems as though Tina Fey truly believes she has an ordinary life. It is just extraordinary circumstances and people she works with who make her interesting. There is a sense of the common man in her humor, especially when she writes about her feelings of guilt as a working mother. At the same time she clearly holds the modern-day noblesse oblige when she debates quitting her job and leaving all those people without the paycheck that they need even if she doesn’t.
She does spend plenty of time talking about the serendipity that brought her fame; Sarah Palin as vice presidential nominee. She talks about her reluctance to take on a character and how much everybody thought she should. She talks about working with Amy Poehler. She talks about walking the line as a writer between satire and political commentary.
As a whole this work is as delightful as I had hoped. Tina Fey is a funny lady. She is a comic writer by trade and it comes through in her voice as I read. This is the kind of book that has you looking a little crazy while you laugh out loud on the bus.