"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
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: