"Bossypants"­ by Tina Fey-SF Young Professionals BC June Meeting

Summary:

"Tina Fey’s new book Bossypants is short, messy, and impossibly funny (an apt description of the comedian herself). From her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her early sketches on Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern comedy with equal doses of wit, candor, and self-deprecation. Some of the funniest chapters feature the differences between male and female comedy writers ("men urinate in cups"), her cruise ship honeymoon ("it’s very Poseidon Adventure"), and advice about breastfeeding ("I had an obligation to my child to pretend to try"). But the chaos of Fey’s life is best detailed when she’s dividing her efforts equally between rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression, trying to get Oprah to appear on 30 Rock, and planning her daughter’s Peter Pan-themed birthday. Bossypants gets to the heart of why Tina Fey remains universally adored: she embodies the hectic, too-many-things-to-juggle lifestyle we all have, but instead of complaining about it, she can just laugh it off. " --Kevin Nguyen

 

First Pages:

http://www.amazon.com/Bossypants-Tina-Fey/dp/0316056863#reader_[masked]

 

Discussion Questions:

1) What do you think it means to be a Bossypants? Do you know anyone personally that you would describe as a Bossypants and did the society you live in ever try to drown her?

2. The lessons Tina has learned from her work as a writer, a boss, a performer, and producer are lessons that can be carried across a wide array of disciplines. Which moments resonate the most for you?

3) While working at the YMCA in Chicago, Tina experienced some personal low points. But it also propelled her into pursuing her improv career. Have you ever experienced a similarly transformative period? During your transformation, did you ever spin around and pretend to be Wonder Woman?

4) Are there specifics you would add to "The Mother's Prayer For Her Daughter?"

5) Tina writes a love letter to Amy Poehler. Do you have friends that inspire you the same way that Amy inspires Tina?

6) What is your motivation for reading Bossypants? Did Tina provide some answers? Which quotes and ideas did you love in the book?

7) Fey spends several chapters of the book discussion motherhood? Were there any parts of her perspective that surprised you? Were there any parts that you disagreed with?

8) Fey spends a lot of time focusing on being a woman in the book; from being a working mom, to self-image, to working in a male dominated industry. What parts of Fey’s perspective on being a woman did you find most interesting? Were there parts that you could or couldn’t relate to?

9) After reading the book did you feel like the title Bossypants is appropriate? Why or why not? Why do you think Fey chose that title? Did you find that the harry arms on the cover got any less disturbing after you read the book?

Interview with Tina Fey discussing Bossypants:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3TjA945z1c

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun to talk to everyone, looking forward to reading the next book!

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved meeting everyone. Looking forward to trying out some of these other orgs for non-profits. Another book recommendation I had was Cutting for Stone ... Great read!

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great group of people. Everyone was friendly and loved to read!

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all those who came tonight - I had such a great time!. It was nice meeting everyone, and I enjoyed discussing the book, our other meetups, and all our shared activities & interests. As promised, for anyone who was inspired by the book enough to try taking an improv class, here is the link to the FREE class that I had mentioned: http://www.meetup.com/FreeImprovClass/events/68807172/ Hope to see you all again either at the improv class or at next month's book club meet.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a lot of fun meeting everyone and discussing this book and all the related ideas and concepts.

    July 10, 2012

  • Vanessa

    It was great meeting everyone that came out tonight. As I mentioned here's the info. for the awesome volunteer organization called One Brick, http://sfbay.onebrick.org/. See you all next month.

    July 10, 2012

  • sierra

    had such a nice time tonight, thank you everyone who came! In our discussion we started talking about other meetups and activities we have really enjoyed around the Bay Area! Some of mine are a literacy volunteer group called Streetside Stories, SoccerFours, and Young Urban Zen, plus walking the Lands End Trail, and biking across the Golden Gate birdge!

    July 10, 2012

  • Nisha S.

    Aww I won't be able to make it on July 10th! "Bossypants" was a great read! Hope I can make the next one!

    June 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now I get to finish hunger games and read Tina fey? Pretty good deal!!! Excited to meet everyone and chat about the book!

    June 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be visiting family in Louisiana on July 10th. I hope to catch the next one.

    June 24, 2012

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